August 26, 2009
Tennis elbow is a tendinosis injury which occurs due to long-term overuse. It's a degenerative injury of the tendon of the forearm (the extensor muscles that attached to the outside of your elbow -- lateral epicondyle). You don't have to play tennis to have tennis elbow. My husband has symptoms on and off because of how he uses the mouse at his computer.
I tried to treat his tennis elbow with deep friction massage, eccentric exercise using a dumbbell, and ice. The deep friction massage was painful to him, the ice unpleasant. He became less than enthusiastic about my care, despite the relief he gained. The results were not long lasting enough for him and it was clear that he would have to change how he worked. That strategy has met with some success but he reported, just today, that his arm was giving him problems again.
What great timing that I found this article! The Thera-Band Flexbar looks like a giant stick of liquorish. It is found to be an effective tool in fixing tennis elbow. Results can be felt in as little as 3 weeks. The trick still involves loading the muscle with eccentric exercise, slow and controlled. A handy video is attached so that people can see how to do the exercise correctly. Of course, the authors recommend you learn the exercise correctly from a physical therapist. Luckily, my husband has a unique resource for that right here at home.
Posted by linda at August 26, 2009 6:24 PM
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