Your upper arm bone and forearm bones are connected at the elbow joint. The joint is simple but is supported by a complex assembly of muscle, tendon and ligament tissues.
These tissues are what enable your elbows movement; allow you to swing a golf club or a tennis racquet. Tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow can be an ongoing ordeal that limits even common tasks such as doing the dishes. No one needs the aggravation!
Tennis and golfer’s elbow, medically referred to as lateral and medial epicondylitis, are repetitive strain injuries resulting from the overuse of the forearm muscles. What begins to happen is your muscles and tendons become inflamed due to the constant abuse, radiating pain down to your fingers in some cases.
In most circumstances the pain is brought on gradually as the forearm tissues become more irritated through continual use; with tenderness felt in the tendons below your elbow joint.
The biggest concern for those suffering from tennis and/or golfer’s elbow is returning to regular activity too soon. Often you will notice a great improvement early on; however the injury may still be present even though pain has subsided.
The more diligent you are with your treatment and rehabilitation, the faster you will see successful results. The MendMeShop’s Portable Pain Therapy System provides you with the tools necessary to relieve the pain of tendonitis and dramatically speed the healing. It provides you with the means to be more than diligent, allowing for a speedy and complete recovery!
The faster and stronger you heal your tendons, the less chance there is for re-injury. The tendons are tough dense tissues that normally receive very little blood flow. This is largely why tendon injuries take so long to heal.
When using Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy the energy waves stimulate blood flow which speeds up healing and clears away the inflammation causing the pain.
During recovery, it is most important to eliminate all activities that may further aggravate the tendons in your forearm. Scar tissue will often develop as a result of a tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow injury once acute inflammation begins to decrease.
How to Treat Your Elbow Tendon Injury
It is important to treat tendon injuries as soon as possible, as any activity or strain you put on your tendon can re-injure it further.
The trick with any tendon injury is getting it toheal with minimal scar tissue formation. Even with optimum healing, there is always less elasticity in a previously injured tendon. This will cause the tendon to hurt, during exercise and everyday activities. However, if you heal your injury efficiently and quickly, your chance of re-injury later on is much lower than average.
Allowing your elbow to rest is always recommended following injury. Avoid all activities that may have caused the injury or irritation and begin cold compression treatments as soon as possible.
Although steroid injections may provide temporary relief from the pain of tendinitis or tendinosis, they should generally be avoided as they weaken the tendon. If you do opt for an injection, doctors usually recommend that you do not participate in strenuous activities for several weeks to reduce the risk of a rupture.