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How to Mend Your Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)

Updated on October 31, 2012

Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis) is also known as plasterer's elbow, mechanic's elbow and painter's elbow, and is a form of tendonosis - a chronic degeneration of the tendon due to re-injury. Much like Golfer's Elbow, it is an overuse injury that causes pain on and around the tendons that attach to the lateral epicondyle. These tendons are located in your forearm and help to extend your wrist and fingers. Tennis Elbow is often confused with Golfer's Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis), however Golfer's Elbow causes pain on the inside of the elbow, whereas Tennis Elbow causes pain on the outside of the elbow.


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Tennis Elbow injuries are often caused by repetitive twisting or extending motions during activities such as swimming and tennis, as well as professions related to plumbing, landscaping, and painting.


What Symptoms Should You Expect?

You will initially feel pain in your lateral epicondyle, located on the outside edge of your elbow, a spot facing away from your body. If this injury is not treated right away the pain will radiate down your forearm, to your wrist and may cause discomfort in your hand as well. This injury will make it difficult for you to grasp or carry objects. You will also experience pain when you straighten your elbow, wrist or hand, flex your wrist and fingers backwards, and rest your wrists on a tabletop or desk.


When is Surgery an Option & What Surgical Prodcedures Mend Tennis Elbow?

Approximately 85% of individuals with Tennis Elbow will experience pain relief within 12 months after administering a combination of the treatments detailed above. However the type of surgery that is needed will depend on the size, shape and location of the injury. Of course considerable rehabilitation will be required after surgery and this may involve a few of the treatments listed above as well as physical therapy in order to strengthen the injured area.

An Elbow Arthroscopy may be performed in order to surgically mend the injury. This procedure involves inserting a fiber optic camera through a small incision on the outside of the elbow. At this point the surgeon can view inside of the elbow joint in order to diagnose the level of damage done to your soft tissues and bones and repair the injury. The surgeon may repair tears or remove damaged tissue. The surgeon may also detach a small piece of the tendon that is attached to the epicondyle bone in order to increase blood flow to the area. Sutures would then be used to reattach the tendon to the bone. After this procedure is complete you will most likely be required to wear a splint and will of course experience some tenderness, pain and stiffness after surgery. With proper rehabilitation the pain you experience will decrease but you may not regain full strength of your elbow and forearm.


What Treatments are Available to Mend Your Tennis Elbow?

This injury will get worse over time if it is not treated properly. You should consult a physician in order to ascertain a proper diagnosis and receive a course of treatment that will completely heal your Tennis Elbow. Some popular treatment methods include: the R.I.C.E. Method, Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy, and Therapeutic Ultrasound treatments.

ColdCure® Technology

As soon as your elbow is injured your body triggers natural events that isolate damaged tissue and prepare it for healing. The main symptoms you will immediately feel after injury - the swelling, redness (rubor), heat (calor), pain (dolor), and loss of function - are really just signs that your body is starting to heal.

Unfortunately when your elbow is swollen and inflamed the damaged tissue is blocking vital blood flow from coming into the tissue to continue the natural healing process. When your blood flow is blocked, the other healthy tissue in your elbow is starved of oxygen, nutrients and antibodies needed for your healthy tissue to thrive and for your injured elbow to heal. This is why it's never good to let a new injury stay untreated for too long.

Using cold compression immediately following an elbow injury, re-injury, or surgery reduces pain and swelling and reduces the tissue damage that occurs with soft tissue injuries.

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Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy

What can be done for your elbow when the swelling is gone, but the pain is still there? Once the swelling is gone our bodies are starving for the naturally occurring oxygen, nutrients, antibodies and energy available in our blood. Blood flow is like the life force of our bodies, and the healing process really takes off only when the elbow receives proper blood flow.

If you want to heal quickly you need to keep your blood flow moving constantly, but you also need to make sure your elbow is actively getting rid of cellular waste and toxins. This is where BFST® comes in, but what exactly is BFST® and how can it help to accelerate healing?

BFST® is exactly what it seems - it's a therapy that substantially increases the flow of blood to your elbow without the need to exercise your already damaged tissue.

Think about your injured soft tissue as if it is a sponge that has dried out. Your damaged tissue is waiting there ready to absorb all of the benefits of increased blood flow but your body is unable to keep up with the demand of what your tissue needs. BFST® boosts your body's natural blood flow, delivering oxygen, nutrients, antibodies and energy directly to the source of your pain. Once you start receiving all of the benefits BFST® has to offer your injured elbow becomes like a sponge that now has enough blood flow within reach to soak up everything good that is in your blood flow. Increased blood flow through BFST® also acts as a cleanser for your tissue, whisking away all toxins and cellular waste.

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Tennis Elbow Questions & Comments

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      MendMeShop LM 5 years ago

      @TheBaseballCoach: Hello zap1994,

      Curiously, what type of therapy have you received up until this point?

      Are you currently using any home modalities to help over your tendon issues?

      Potential recommendations are based upon a number of different factors and variables. Please present specific details on the current state of your injury and I will follow up with information that will not only benefit you, but potentially other readers of this Lense as well.

      Also feel free to call our office toll free 1-866-237-9608 and we will determine what we can offer to help you overcome your nagging tendon ailment.


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      TheBaseballCoach 6 years ago

      I've had mine for 6 months...hopefully some of these ideas will help

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Does a popping sensation occur when the elbow is extended? The popping is more intense when the elbow is extended upward and a numbing feeling is shot towards the pinky when the pop occurs.