What is Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)?
Tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis, is a form of tendinosis (chronic degeneration of the tendon).
It is an overuse injury that causes pain and tenderness on and around the tendons that attach to the lateral epicondyle (small bony part on the outside of your elbow).
These tendons are located in your forearm and help to extend your wrist and fingers. The wear and tear on these tendons is a result of small tears in your tissue that don't heal properly. The inability of your tendon to heal properly causes it to deteriorate until the tissues become very thin, and eventually wear out.
This condition will get worse over time if not dealt with properly. The main problem associated with tennis elbow is failed healing, not inflammation.
In 75% of cases, tennis elbow occurs in the dominant arm. It affects about an equal number of men and women, generally between the ages of 35-65 years old.
Tennis elbow is often confused with Golfer's elbow (medial epicondylitis) another overuse injury. However golfer's elbow causes pain and tenderness on the inside of the elbow (the medial epicondyle) instead of the outside of the elbow. Tennis elbow is sometimes misdiagnosed as bursitis or arthritis.
Alternate names and/or Related Conditions:
- Epitrochlear bursitis
- Acute elbow tendonitis
- Olecranon bursitis
- Wii elbow
- Plaster's elbow
- Mechanic's elbow
- Painter's elbow
- Elbow strain
What Causes Tennis Elbow?
The 3 main causes of tennis elbow injuries include:
- Acute Trauma - this can occur from an accident or high intensity movement. An example of this would be straightening your arm while putting too much force into hitting a back with a racquet.
- Repetitive Stress Injury (RSI) - this happens through overuse of the elbow joint without properly treatment or recovery. An example of this would be spending hours per day typing at a computer without taking a break.
- Re-Injury (Chronic Trauma) - this injury arises by continually injuring your lateral epicondyle tendon. Small tears in the tendon form and worsen over time, allowing the growth of scar tissue. An example of this would be painting high walls or ceilings with an already damaged elbow day in and day out.
There can also be different factors that lead to re-injury of your lateral epicondyle, but in most cases, the strongest reasons are:
- Strenuous Activity
- Age (a person with a greater age has a greater chance of contracting tennis elbow)
- Technique of Movement and Tools Used (ie. proper versus improper form on the court, use of an ergonomic keyboard when typing may help prevent tendonitis, etc.
- General Health and Wellness (armchair & weekend athletes are at greater risk of a tendon injury compared to an athlete that does such activities on a daily basis.
If your household, workplace, or recreational activities involve the repetitive movement of your wrist, forearm, upper arm, and/or shoulder you are at risk for developing Tennis Elbow. Some common activities that can cause Tennis Elbow include but are not limited to:
- House Cleaning
- Playing an Instrument
- Playing Sports
- Heavy Lifting
- Frequent Use of a Computer (or Typing)
- Shaking Hands Frequently
- Frequent Holding of a Phone to the Ear
As you can see, its not just professional athletes or people with physically demanding jobs who suffer from Tennis Elbow.
What are the Symptoms of Tennis Elbow?
Tennis Elbow pain normally starts with tenderness or a dull ache around the bony bumps on the outside of your elbow. These bumps are also known as your lateral epicondyle bone. It is here, that the tendon for the muscle in your forearm, attaches to the bone. If left untreated, the pain may gradually start to radiate, from the outside of your elbow, extending down into your forearm and wrist. Typically tendon elbow starts off as acute, or short lived pain that goes away after about 24 hrs.
You may notice swelling, heat or redness, inability to lift or carry objects, inflexibility, deformation, bruising, or pain caused by movement or that persists even through rest. If you have tennis elbow, you will feel pain or discomfort when performing repetitive movements such as grasping, carrying objects (a tray, a baby or books), or twisting with your hands or wrists.
If you do not seek treatment in the form of warming and cooling temperature therapies for your symptoms and you are suffering from Tennis Elbow, you may develop a chronic Tennis Elbow injury due to overuse or even re-injury.
Chronic symptoms can include pain before, after, and during activities that does not go away as well as limited range of motion and inflexibility that will interrupt your daily life. Straightening your wrist or hand, or turning your palms to face the ceiling may cause severe discomfort. Extending and flexing your fingers or lifting everyday objects can trigger Tennis Elbow pain. These symptoms may require you to change, or completely stop, movements using your arm or hand.
In severe cases, turning a screwdriver or even holding a coffee cup can cause intense discomfort. It is easy to forget how much you use your hands and arms on a daily basis. When you are suffering from Tennis Elbow, even the most simple tasks can become quite a challenge!
Dealing with Tennis Elbow -
What You Can Do!
The good news is that most cases of tennis elbow will heal with simple home conservative treatments and surgery is often not needed!
Step 1 - Reduce Regular Activities & Rest Your Elbow
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. Immediate and continuous treatment with cold compression will quickly reduce your swelling / inflammation induced pain.
When you have your pain, swelling and inflammation under control you can actually start to apply treatments with tools that will encourage healing in your elbow. Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™ will treat scar tissue and promote blood flow to heal your damaged soft tissue faster and more completely than other methods available. Using these conservative treatment tools can get you back to a life without pain and eliminate any further risk of re-injury.
Step 2 - Reduce Pain & Swelling with Cold Compression
The 2nd step for conservative treatment of your elbow injury is to reduce the swelling to "open up" the area for more blood flow. Anyone in the health-care business knows that your blood supplies the oxygen and much needed nutrients required to heal wrist injuries. This is why for years, doctors, trainers, and other medical professionals have recommended RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) to treat the pain and swelling, chronic pain from injury and after any re-injury.
Although RICE can help to treat these symptoms, ice and freezer gel packs reach temperatures so low they can cause cryoburn, an ice burn on your skin. The problem is, up until now there hasn't been any other option to treat painful conditions and injuries, so ice and blue gel packs (full of anti-freeze and chemicals) have been the only choice available.
Fortunately you no longer have to settle for these ice cold methods that are uncomfortably cold against your skin, provide short term relief, cause ice burns, numb your skin and underlying tissue beyond feeling so you don't even notice the ice burn until it's too late and pool around your injury putting the cold everywhere except for where you need it most.
An Elbow Freezie Wrap® allows you to treat your elbow in an effective and convenient way. Our Freezie Wraps® will wrap around your elbow keeping the cold right over your elbow injury for the entire length of your treatment. Our food-grade, non-toxic gel packs can be chilled in the fridge or freezer to tailor the amount of cold that you need for your injury. It doesn't matter how you cool it down, because our gel packs are chock full of gel that's designed to cool down into millions of tiny snowflakes. This method of cooling means our gel packs stay icy-cold for your entire treatment! The cushioned gel will wrap around your elbow and it won't budge for the entire treatment period. You'll no longer have to deal with annoying pooling around your elbow or have to hold a hard block of ice on your injury!
Cold Compression Therapy slows nerve and cell function - reducing the swelling that blocks blood vessels from doing their job.
This is important because once blood vessels are blocked or damaged, they can no longer carry oxygenated blood through the tissue and tissue cells begin to break-down. Without cold compression therapy cellular break-down and tissue damage continues as the cells don't get the oxygen they need to survive. By limiting the amount of damage done to the soft tissue in your elbow, you also limit the amount of healing that needs to occur. This is a very important step to heal elbow injuries faster and with less pain! This is why you need to treat your elbow injury right when you notice pain / swelling / inflammation, or directly after a re-injury. Applying an Elbow Freezie Wrap® right away will stop the damage immediately and unblock your blood vessels to let your body's natural blood flow in to start healing the tissue.
Cold Compression Therapy = the Freezie Wrap®
It'll seem weird for you to read this, but there are a LOT of people out there that don't understand how fast cold compression with a Freezie Wrap® can get the swelling / inflammation in your elbow under control! After you get rid of the swelling for good you can start dealing with your elbow injury and pain head on.
Use a Cold Compression Elbow Freezie Wrap®:
- 24 to 72 hours after your initial injury or when you first notice pain and swelling to stop cellular damage, relieve pain, and decrease swelling.
- After exercise, workouts or activity of any kind to prevent re-injury.
- Before and after surgery during rehabilitation to control pre and post-surgery pain and swelling.
- Anytime you feel your elbow starting to get tender, painful or swollen again.
- Anytime you have swelling, sharp throbbing pain or inflammation.
- Any other situation where you need to draw the pain and inflammation out of your elbow.
Step 3 - Improve Circulation, Soften Scar Tissue & Prevent Re-Injury with Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™
After the inflammation in your elbow has been reduced, providing extra blood flow and strengthening the tissue in your elbow is recommended.
Promoting blood flow to your elbow to help your body heal itself is a concept that has been utilized for centuries. Oxygen and nutrients, carried within the blood, are critical for the body to heal itself. Without proper blood flow, your recovery from any soft tissue injury will be delayed... sometimes for a very long period of time.
Even though the concept is simple, improving blood flow to your elbow while it's injured can be difficult. Traditional methods require you to move in order to promote blood flow - but that same motion that promotes blood flow can also make your pain and injury much worse. Relying on movement alone to increase blood flow puts you in danger of re-injuring your elbow.
So what do you do when you need to increase blood flow, but you can't move without re-injuring your elbow
This is where Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™ (BFST®) comes in! Using BFST® will help with your recovery and heal your elbow more completely. BFST® increases the amount of blood that flows naturally to your soft tissue to nourish your soft tissue, improve elasticity and speed up the healing process. This increased Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™ to your injured elbow is greatly needed.
The only way to get BFST® is through use of an Elbow Inferno Wrap®. The Elbow Inferno Wrap® is the only treatment method that improves blood flow and circulation on a deep tissue level. Other methods of warming up tissue (hot water bottles, hot baths, etc) will only ever increase blood flow on a surface / skin level. These methods need a LOT of time to even reach the tissue in your elbow on a deep tissue level. And even if you were to use them this long your skin would heat up to an uncomfortable level and you might even get burned!
The best source of heat treatment is from a product where you don't even feel that much heat. When you don't feel the heat, it means the therapy is working in your deep soft tissue which is really where you need it. It's kind of like how your heart works in your body. You can't "feel" your heart pumping blood all around your body to your arms and legs. You can't even hear your own heartbeat without listening very closely. This is exactly how deep tissue BFST® works too! You're not supposed to "feel" a lot of heat because the heat isn't treating your skin, it's treating the damaged tissue in your elbow by increasing the blood flow right in your soft tissue.
- When treating any soft tissue injury, an effective therapy will increase blood flow to the injury while the joint is immobile.
- This increase in blood flow will accelerate the body's own ability to heal itself.
- The Inferno Wrap® is the most highly effective blood flow stimulation device that you will find on the market that is approved by the FDA for use in the home or hospital.
Our Elbow Inferno Wrap® is made from medical-grade material - this should be as important to you as it's to us! Other products that are sold in stores are considered "consumer goods" meaning the material only needs to be as good as a sweater that you wear. Clothing articles like this don't need to meet high standards of production or materials and may include materials that irritate your skin.
Since our wraps are medical-grade products registered with the FDA, they are of a higher quality and need to meet way more standards for manufacturing (ISO 10993 - biocompatibility testing). This makes our wraps the safest product for heating treatment. Our manufacturer has spent years perfecting the wrap design to make sure you get the treatment you deserve!
Use the BFST® Elbow Inferno Wrap®:
- After swelling and inflammation have been reduced with cold compression.
- Before exercise, workouts or any repetitive tasks to warm up the soft tissue in your elbow to prevent re-injury.
- Before and after surgery during rehabilitation to warm up your tissues before physical therapy exercising or stretching.
- Anytime you feel your elbow has stiffened up, is tight and your mobility is reduced causing you more pain.
- Anytime you have sore or aching tissue.
- Any other situation where you need to increase blood flow to your elbow to relax your soft tissue, relieve pain, prevent re-injury and enhance flexibility.
Our Tennis Elbow Therapy Formula
is Proven to Work!
It may seem hard to believe, but our Elbow Freezie Wrap® and Elbow Inferno Wrap® home therapy products will assist you in recovering from your elbow injury by maximizing blood flow where it's needed most and reducing your swelling and inflammation induced pain.
Here at AidMyCTS we pride ourselves in helping you with your healing and recovery process. Everyone at AidMyCTS has tested and used the products, finding solutions to conditions that do not fit into the norm. This dedication to our customers and our products goes hand-in-hand with our guarantees to you as a customer:
- Guarantee #1 - Use your products diligently for up to 60 days and you will experience a significant reduction in pain. If not, we encourage you to send back the items for a 100% refund.
- Guarantee #2 - You will not be left in the dark after purchasing any product form us. AidMyCTS Advisers and Product Specialists are available 7 days a week by toll free phone 1.866.237.9608 or email to answer your questions or concerns.
- Guarantee #3 - Your order is guaranteed to be shipped within 24 hours on every business day.
- Guarantee #4 - All purchases receive a one year, full replacement warranty with guaranteed, prompt service.
- Guarantee #5 - You could save hundreds of dollars and possibly more, by utilizing our products, and getting back to work sooner.
Continue the healing process by resting your elbow. Limit the activities that may aggravate your elbow. Without proper rest and limitation on activities, being active as if your elbow is healthy can lead to re-injury. To get back to doing the things you love you need to give your body proper care and attention. Why risk having to limit or give up your favorite weekend activity, your exercise routine, or even your job due to an elbow injury?
Prevention and Promotion of Lifelong Health
If you want to avoid re-injury, or manage pain and increase circulation for lifelong health benefits, an Elbow Freezie Wrap® and Elbow Inferno Wrap®, will provide exceptional results. Why spend time in pain, off from work, and missing out on your active lifestyle when you can be proactive about your injury and the health of your body? Talk to your doctor about incorporating a regular routine of using an Elbow Freezie Wrap® and Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™ into your everyday health regimen.
Call one of our AidMyCTS Advisers at no cost or obligation to address any lingering questions you have about using heat or cold for your elbow injury - toll free 1-866-237-9608
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