Shockwave Treatment for Golfers Elbow

Over the last ten years, shockwave treatment for Golfers Elbow has become a conventional therapy as news and reports of its success have become more known. Although Golfers Elbow is common amongst sportsmen, many people with a more sedentary lifestyle also suffer from the condition.

Signs & Symptoms of Golfers Elbow

Symptoms of golfers elbow may develop slowly and this is especially true when the condition has been brought on by overuse. Other people may develop symptoms suddenly, especially in the event of injury.

Signs of golfers elbow (medial epicondylitis) may be mild and sometimes severe. Including:

  • Pain when flexing the wrist toward the forearm
  • A weakened grip & wrist
  • Some pain when shaking hands
  • Difficulty moving the elbow
  • A tingling sensation extending from the elbow
  • A stiff elbow

What Happens During Shockwave Therapy for Golfers Elbow

Please arrive at the clinic wearing casual clothes. During shock wave therapy, high-intensity sound waves are sent to the tissues of the elbow. This stimulates numerous beneficial effects such as the ingrowth of new blood vessel, the reversal of chronic inflammation and the stimulation of new tissue growth.

How We Apply Shockwave Therapy for Golfers Elbow

We will isolate the area that needs to be treated and use a gel to transfer the acoustic waves efficiently and smoothly. Rather than the regular gels that some practitioners use, we now advocate and use castor oil as the medium between the shockwave equipment and the patient for many of our shockwave procedures. We have found that the little pain that our patients feel is reduced when we use castor oil. Then using our focussed shockwave equipment we will start sending gentle impulses to the area. Discomfort will be kept to a minimum and gradually the impulses will become more intense, although little pain will be felt and if it is it will gradually dissipate over a few days.

How Long Will the Shockwave Therapy Take to Work?

Generally, shockwave for golfers elbow will resolve after three to four sessions, depending on your condition and how long you may have suffered with it before seeing us, while early diagnosis can reduce the number of sessions needed.

As part of your treatment it is important that you work with your physical therapist to ensure that you have an exercise regime and massage to ensure full recovery.

Conclusions

We are one of the few shockwave therapy specialist clinics in the UK with the expertise of treating Golfers Elbow using the latest Swiss engineered focussed shockwave equipment. We undertake this in conjunction with a course of physiotherapy to aid the outcome of the treatment.

To find out more, or to book a free consultation or an appointment, contact us now – or better still call us right away to discuss your problem:  Tel: 020 3609 0080

References

  1. Spacca G, Necozione S, Cacchio A. Radial shock Wave therapy for lateral epicondylitis. A prospective randomised controlled single-blind study. Eura Medicorphys 2005; 41:17-25 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16175767
  2. Söller F. Die radiale Stosswellentherapie bei der Epikondylitis humeri radialis – kurz- und mittelfristige Ergebniss. In: Maier M, Gillesberger F: Abstracts 2003 zur Muskuloskelettalen Stosswellentherapie. Norderstedt 2003; 121-122 http://www.abebooks.co.uk/9783833004230/Abstracts-2003-Muskuloskelettalen-Stosswellentherapie-Gillesberger-3833004231/plp