The medical term for Tennis Elbow is lateral epicondylitis. This condition can be caused, not just by playing tennis, but also by many other activities involving highly repetitive elbow movements. Initial tennis elbow treatment recommendations are generally to put ice on the area and to rest the forearm as much as possible.
If pain lingers for a longer period of time, it may be tempting to just keep using pain killers. However, long term use of many common painkillers can cause liver damage or increase the risk of heart attack. When the condition doesn’t resolve itself, individuals may go for cortisone injections or even surgery.
A very promising alternative to healing tennis elbow is Cold Laser Therapy. It is a more natural tennis elbow treatment, even for chronic cases. Unlike the more well known treatments, this therapy is non-invasive, completely safe and without side effects. And it doesn’t just mask the pain, but helps the body to heal naturally.
Cold Laser Therapy as Tennis Elbow Treatment
Cold Laser Therapy often reduces recovery time from sport injuries like tennis elbow by 50%. Or it helps to overcome a stubborn condition that won’t heal by itself. It works at cellular level by delivering light energy to the mitochondria, which in turn helps to return cellular ATP production to optimal levels. And that allows the body to get through the inflammation phase to the healing phase at maximum natural speed.Regenerates Muscle Tissue:
Transfers light energy to the affected cells of muscle, regenerating and strengthening damaged muscle tissue to prevent future injury.
Speeds up the body's natural inflammation phase and induces the repair phase of healing.
Removes Internal Scar Tissue:
Inhibits and removes Internal Scar Tissue that naturally forms from injury or repetitive strain, causing discomfort and a delay in healing.
Helps damaged nerves to recover by growing the neural network and repairing vital insulation around the nerve.
Stimulates Blood Flow:
Increases the delivery of oxygen and nutrients required for healing of the affected cells.
Visit our Cold Laser Therapy page to learn more about how the treatment works.
What is Tennis Elbow?
Tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis, is inflammation and pain experienced on the outside of the elbow. This condition is caused by repetitive overuse of the forearm muscles, specifically those responsible for extending your fingers, hand and elbow, and that attach to the outside of the elbow joint by a common tendon. Overuse of these tissues results in micro-tears of the muscle and tendon fibers, leading to pain, limited mobility and other common symptoms (see below).
Tennis elbow is one form of epicondylitis referring to pain on the outside of the forearm and elbow. It is often interchanged with golfer’s elbow; however, golfer’s elbow refers to pain on the inside of the arm. To learn more about golfer’s elbow visit our golfer’s elbow page here.
- Pain located on the outside of the elbow/forearm
- Pain with certain activities such as opening a can or gripping objects
- Hand/wrist may feel weak
- Stiffness of the elbow
- Numbness and/or tingling down the forearm
Although the name implies that playing tennis is the cause, many other common activities requiring repetitive motions can result in this condition. For example, using hand held tools, cooking (ie. cutting, stirring), playing golf or other sports or activities requiring swinging motions, typing, repeated gripping or moving objects with your hands. Additionally, common daily activities may be affected as a result, such as opening a can, shaking hands, gripping objects, getting dressed, writing, etc.