Tennis Elbow - Lateral Epicondylitis

Tennis Elbow - Lateral Epicondylitis

Tennis elbow / lateral epicondylitis is a painful condition that occurs when tendons in your elbow are overloaded, usually by repetitive motions of the wrist and arm.

Despite its name, athletes aren’t the only people who develop tennis elbow / lateral epicondylitis.  People whose jobs feature the types of motions that can lead to tennis elbow include plumbers, painters, carpenters and butchers.

The pain of tennis elbow occurs primarily where the tendons of your forearm muscles attach to a bony bump on the outside of your elbow. Pain can also spread into your forearm and wrist.

Tennis Elbow Treatment

Rest and over-the-counter pain relievers often help relieve tennis elbow / lateral epicondylitis. Tennis elbow treatments may include physical therapy, stretching, a forearm strap, and steroid injections. If conservative treatments have failed after 6 to 12 months, you may be  faced with surgery to debride/scrape the damaged tissue from the tendon or a single treatment of Orthowave® High-energy Shockwave Therapy, the FDA approved non-invasive alternative to surgery.

OrthoWave® - Tennis Elbow Treatment

If you answer yes, then OrthoWave® High-energy Shockwave Therapy may be for you
  • Is the tennis elbow pain reducing your quality of life?
  • Have conservative treatments with your doctor failed?
  • Have you been suffering for at least 4 months?
  • Would you like to avoid the risks and downtime of surgery?
  • Are you looking for a proven, non-invasive treatment that works?
The energy delivered to an injury by HeSWT has numerous biological effects on bones, tendons and other soft tissue.
  • Breaks down scar tissue, calcifications, and plaque
  • Increases blood flow through vascular growth
  • Immediately decreases pain with analgesic effects
  • Initiates your body’s natural healing process in the injured tendons, including the upregulation of growth factors and other healing factors, for long-term relief
HeSWT has been studied and used extensively for over 20 years.
  • There are hundreds of studies proving the safety and efficacy of OrthoWave HeSWT for orthopedic injuries
  • No serious nor long-term complication has ever been observed
  • Fully FDA approved, Class 3, medical device
  • OrthoWave® is true HeSWT; with Sonex, you know you are getting the best.
OrthoWave® is a non-invasive treatment completed in office.
  • Only a single 40 min treatment is required to end the pain
  • Prior to treatment, a local anesthetic is often administered to numb the treatment site
  • You are positioned in an exam chair, ultrasound gel applied, and the HeSWT treatment head placed precisely against the injury site
  • 3000 to 4000 shockwaves are delivered at a specific frequency/energy level while ensuring your comfort
  • Post treatment instructions are provided and you are able to leave immediately
OrthoWave® is completely non-invasive so there is no lengthy recovery period, time off from work, nor risk of complications like invasive surgery.
  • High-impact activities need to be avoided for 30 days but no restrictions on routine activities (work, shopping, etc)
  • Braces, casts, slings, etc, are not required
  • Most patients see a significant decrease in pain immediately
  • Greatest improvement realized over first 30 days but healing continues for several months
  • Waiting 30 days is often hardest part as the injury quickly feels good for the first time in a long time…just give it some time to fully heal
Shockwave Therapy is an effective non-surgical treatment for numerous injuries. Please contact us to learn more about Shockwave Therapy, the injuries we treat, if you are a candidate, and how we can help get you back to life pain free.

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Tennis elbow FAQ's

Rest and ice are some of the best treatments for healing tennis elbow when the injury first occurs. You can also take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen, naproxen, or aspirin to help with pain and swelling. Physical therapy is usually effective but severe cases of tennis elbow may require surgery or High-energy Shockwave Therapy.

Tennis elbow is usually caused by overuse of the muscles and tendons in your forearm. This is caused by repetitive or strenuous activity that causes tears and inflammation near the outside of your elbow. Activities like tennis, throwing sports, or even the excessive use of scissors or typing can cause tennis elbow.

Tennis elbow is obviously not fatal, however, if left untreated it can develop into a more severe condition with increased pain and potential loss of motion or function. It is recommended to treat tennis elbow with conservative methods when it is first noticed. Untreated cases that become severe may require surgery or High-energy Shockwave Therapy.

In the beginning, pain is only noticed when lifting or gripping things. However, if tennis elbow becomes severe, the pain can become constant. Unfortunately, mild tennis elbow often goes untreated and overtime becomes more severe.

Stretching can help tennis elbow along with strengthen the affected muscle and tendons. Stretching also helps by preventing elbow stiffness and tendon shortening. The wrist flexor stretch is one of the stretching exercises that can help with tennis elbow. Extend the injured arm in front of you with the palm up. Then bend your wrist, pointing your hand towards the floor. With the other hand, gently bend your wrist further until you feel a slight stretch in your forearm. You can hold this position for 15 to 30 seconds and repeat several times. You can also do the wrist extensor stretch by doing the same things as the wrist flexor stretch, but by beginning with your extended hand palm down.