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Tennis Elbow Recovery & Rehab

Tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis, is a painful condition that occurs when the tendons in the elbow are overused or strained. Despite its name, tennis elbow can affect anyone, not just tennis players.

Symptoms of tennis elbow include pain and tenderness on the outside of the elbow, difficulty gripping objects, and weakness in the affected arm. The pain may also radiate down the forearm.

Tennis elbow is commonly caused by repetitive motions of the wrist and arm, such as

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playing tennis, painting, plumbing work, or using a computer mouse for extended periods of time.

Treatment for tennis elbow often involves physiotherapy, which can help to strengthen the muscles in the forearm, improve flexibility, and reduce pain. Physiotherapists may recommend exercises to stretch and strengthen the affected muscles, as well as techniques to improve posture and ergonomics to prevent further strain on the elbow.

Other treatments for tennis elbow may include rest, icing the affected area, using a brace or support, taking anti-inflammatory medication, or receiving corticosteroid injections. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to repair the damaged tendons.

Radial shockwave therapy involves the use of high-energy shockwave directed towards the affected area to stimulate the body's natural healing processes.

The shockwaves help to increase blood flow to the injured tissue, promote the formation of new blood vessels, and stimulate the production of collagen, which is essential for tissue repair. This, in turn, helps to reduce pain and inflammation, improve mobility, and accelerate the healing process.

Kinesio-tape can also be a useful tool in managing pain during lateral epicondylitis recovery by providing support to the affected area and reducing strain on the injured muscles and tendons. The tape can help improve blood circulation, reduce inflammation, and provide gentle compression to help alleviate pain and discomfort. The stretchy tape also improves proprioception (the body's awareness of its position in space) which can help improve movement patterns and reduce the risk of further injury. Kinesiotape can be a valuable component of a comprehensive treatment plan by helping to manage pain and support the healing process.

Shockwave therapy, physiotherapy, and K-tape are all considered safe and effective alternative to surgery or other invasive treatments for this lateral epicondylitis.

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