What Exactly Is Tennis Elbow?
Tennis elbow, otherwise known as lateral epicondylitis, is a common injury that we treat here at Aspen Wellness Center. Inflammation and pain usually occurs from micro tears in in muscle tissue and tendon after strenuous overuse of the muscles and tendons that surround the forearm and elbow joint. Each summer, I see many avid golfers and athletes that end up with this particular injury. However, it’s not limited to just this group of people. You can also get lateral epicondylitis from doing too much typing, gardening, painting or even knitting.
How Is Tennis Elbow Treated?
I usually recommend resting and icing the area of the injury as soon as possible. Taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication such as Ibuprofen, Motrin or aspirin for a short time can also help reduce pain and swelling.
One of the most effective treatments for chronic lateral/medial epicondilitis I have found in over 30-years of practice is acupuncture. Acupuncture helps relieve the pain and inflammation, reduce swelling and aids in a faster healing process. It can also help reduce the need for cortisone shots as well.
In addition to acupuncture, I often recommend using an Epilock elbow splint. This type of brace provides support and compression to help prevent the pulling and tearing of tendon fibers. It’s also a very breathable and comfortable to wear.
If you have been experiencing this type of chronic pain, call us today at (970) 377-1775 to set up an acupuncture appointment today!