Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, is the most common injury in patients seeking medical attention for elbow pain. Exactly what causes tennis elbow is unknown, but it is thought to be due to small tears of the tendons that attach forearm muscles to the arm bone at the elbow joint. The muscle group involved, the wrist extensors, function to cock the wrist back. Specifically, the extensor carpi radialis brevis has been implicated in causing the symptoms of tennis elbow. Tennis elbow can be treated safely with the use of laser treatment, reducing swelling and pain immediately.
What are the symptoms of tennis elbow?
Patients with tennis elbow syndrome experience pain on the outside of the elbow that is worsened by grasping objects and cocking back the wrist. The most common symptoms of tennis elbow are:
- Pain over the outside of the elbow
- Pain when lifting objects
- Pain radiating down the forearm
The pain associated with tennis elbow usually has a gradual onset, but it may also come on suddenly. Most patients with tennis elbow are between the ages of 35 and 65 years old, and it affects about an equal number of men and women. Tennis elbow occurs in the dominant arm in about 75 percent of patients.
Golfers Elbow is a similar type of injury but the pain is at the site of the medial epicondyle on the elbows inner side.
What are the benefits of laser treatment?
- Safe procedure
- Reduces swelling and pain
- Reduces the dependence on medication
- Improves condition immediately
- Allows patient to perform tasks previously incongruent with medical therapy
Combine Light and Cold
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