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Tennis Elbow shockwave treatment.

Tennis Elbow Shockwave Treatment

Our revolutionary treatment of focused Shockwave and Magneto Transduction Therapy has been effective in curing elbow injuries for both professional and leisure tennis players, enabling them to return to the courts without pain and stiffness in record time.

This treatment is not only limited to tennis players but can also be beneficial for anyone who has overused the muscles and tendons of the forearm, which is a common cause of tennis elbow.

It is important to note that tennis elbow can happen to anyone, not just those who play racquet sports. Individuals who experience pain in their elbow may assume that it is a natural part of aging and neglect to seek treatment. However, if left untreated, tennis elbow can develop into a debilitating injury that may require invasive surgery. Therefore, it is crucial to address this condition promptly to avoid further damage and pain.

 

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Tennis Elbow Signs & Symptoms

The main symptom is pain and tenderness on the outside of the elbow and sometimes in the muscles on top of the forearm that may be felt as a burning sensation.

This pain may get worse when the wrist is moved such as when griping or twisting something, such as a door handle or when shaking hands. It usually affects patients aged between 30 and 60 years, being more common and having a longer evolution period in women.

Some other signs and symptoms of tennis elbow are:

  • Stiffness: You may experience stiffness in your elbow that can make it hard to fully extend or bend your arm.
  • Worsening pain: The pain may worsen over time, especially when you use your forearm or wrist to perform certain activities.
  • Difficulty lifting: You may have difficulty lifting objects or performing other activities that require you to use your forearm and wrist.
  • Swelling: In some cases, there may be swelling around the affected area.

Pain can also occur on the inner side of the elbow, which is known as golfer’s elbow.

Tennis Elbow History

Tennis elbow, or Lateral Epicondylitis (LE), is a painful condition that affects the outer part of the elbow. It is caused by overuse of the forearm muscles and tendons, leading to small tears in the tendon that attaches to the lateral epicondyle of the humerus bone in the upper arm.

The history of tennis elbow can be traced back to the 19th century, when it was known as “lawn tennis arm” or “lawn tennis elbow.” It was first described in medical literature in 1882 by Major Henry Morris, a British army surgeon who wrote about the injury in an article in The Lancet describing “the lawn tennis arm,” in which frequent use of the backstroke leads to a sprain of the “pronator radii teres” muscle. He saw three such cases and “one gentleman said he had known of several lawn tennis players affected in the same way.”

He recommended that players rest their arms and avoid playing tennis until the pain had subsided.

Today, tennis elbow is a common injury that affects not only tennis players but also anyone who performs repetitive activities that involve the wrist and forearm muscles, such as painting, typing, or playing musical instruments. It usually affects the arm of the dominant hand as this is the arm used the most.

Treatment options include rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, thanks to the pioneering work of Henry Morris and other medical professionals, we now have a better understanding of the condition and effective treatment options to help alleviate the pain and discomfort caused by tennis elbow.

 

How Our Physiotherapists Treat Tennis Elbow

The main goal of physiotherapy for tennis elbow is to reduce pain, improve function, and prevent future injury. This is typically accomplished through a combination of exercises, manual therapy, and education.

We will use Shockwave therapy in conjunction with traditional treatments such as:

  • Stretching and strengthening exercises to strengthen the muscles and tendons in your forearm and wrist, which can help reduce pain and improve function.
  • Manual therapy techniques such as massage, joint mobilization, and soft tissue mobilisation which can reduce pain and improve mobility.
  • Taping and bracing of the affected area to provide support and reduce pain.
  • Advising you on proper ergonomics and techniques for your daily activities, such as computer use or manual labour, to prevent further injury and reduce strain on the affected area.

Shock Wave Therapy & Tennis Elbow

A systematic review and meta-analysis published in the Journal of Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy in 2020 found that shockwave therapy was an effective treatment option for tennis elbow, particularly for patients who had failed to respond to conservative treatments such as physical therapy or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

While a study in the Current Health Sciences Journal concluded that:

“Shockwave therapy is a safe, convenient, and effective therapeutic procedure that is relatively new and non-invasive. Complications are rare, and the therapeutic benefits accumulate over time, typically requiring three to five treatment sessions. In many cases, patients experience pain relief after the first session. Compared to classical physical therapies, the use of shockwave therapy for lateral epicondylitis has demonstrated superior results, reducing pain and temporary disability in affected patients.”

Shockwave treatment for tennis elbow.

Another study published in the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery in 2021 compared the effectiveness of shockwave therapy to a control group in patients with tennis elbow and found that shockwave therapy resulted in significant improvement in pain and function.

What Happens During Tennis Elbow Shockwave Treatment?

At our clinic, shockwave therapy is a common treatment for lateral epicondylitis. Our process begins with a discussion of your clinical history to understand the nature of the problem. We then conduct an examination of the affected area to identify the tender point where the pain is most intense. To enhance the transmission of the focused shock waves, we apply castor oil to the tender point. We then begin transmitting shockwave impulses onto the tender point, ensuring that discomfort is minimised, and little pain is felt.

As treatment progresses, we gradually increase the intensity of the impulses, which may cause some discomfort lasting for a day or two. We typically recommend three to four weekly treatments, which should result in a noticeable improvement and a reduction in the original pain.

In addition to shockwave therapy, we may also recommend physiotherapy and an exercise regimen that includes strength exercises and an eccentric loading program to further facilitate your recovery.

EMTT therapy for tennis elbow.

EMTT is administered through a handheld device that is placed over the affected area. The treatment is painless and non-invasive, and typically takes just a few minutes to complete. Patients may receive several EMTT sessions over the course of a few weeks, depending on the severity of their symptoms and the extent of their injury.

EMTT Therapy for Tennis Elbow

Additionally, we also recommend Extracorporeal MagnetoTransduction Therapy (EMTT) therapy in conjunction with Shockwave therapy as we have had excellent outcomes using this treatment on our Tennis Elbow clients. It is a non-invasive treatment that uses electromagnetic waves to stimulate healing in the affected area and works by producing a pulsed electromagnetic field that penetrates the tissues of the elbow and stimulates cellular activity. This increased cellular activity can help to reduce inflammation, increase blood flow, and promote tissue repair.

As well as our own experience studies have shown that patients who received EMTT experienced a significant reduction in pain and an improvement in grip strength compared to those who received a placebo treatment. Another study found that EMTT was more effective than standard physical therapy in reducing pain and improving function in patients with tennis elbow.

One of the major advantages of EMTT is that it is a non-invasive treatment that does not require any medication or surgery. This makes it a safe and convenient treatment option for patients who are looking for a non-invasive alternative to more invasive treatments.

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ABOUT SHOCKWAVE CLINICS

Shockwave Clinics Ltd is the leading shockwave clinic in London and the UK with the most advanced and comprehensive range of shockwave and complimentary technologies, including magneto transduction therapy and radio frequency.

For over 10-years we have been using Focused Shockwave to treat numerous muscular problems caused by sports injuries as well as back pain, problems caused by invasive surgery and simple old age.

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