Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, is a condition in which the outer part of the elbow becomes sore and tender. The tendon that joins the forearm muscles to the outside of the elbow and the forearm muscles themselves become damaged from overuse – repeating the same motions again and again. This leads to inflammation, pain and tenderness on the outside of the elbow.
Symptoms of tennis elbow include:
Pain slowly increasing around the outside of the elbow. Less often, pain may develop suddenly.
Pain experienced when shaking hands or squeezing objects.
Pain from stabilizing or moving the wrist with force. Examples include lifting, using tools, opening jars, or even handling simple utensils such as a toothbrush or knife and fork.
Tennis elbow can be relieved through the advanced TENEX HEALTH TXTM procedure. This procedure was developed in collaboration with the Mayo Clinic and is a minimally invasive treatment option. The procedure uses ultrasound to locate the damaged tendon tissue. Once the source of pain is located, our physicians numb the area locally and use gentle ultrasonic energy to safely breakdown and remove the damaged tissue. The ultrasonic energy is applied with the TX MicroTipTM, which requires only a tiny incision to reach the damaged tissue. Because the incision is so small and the ultrasonic energy precisely treats only the damaged tendon tissue, the surrounding healthy tissue is left unharmed. When the procedure is completed, the doctor applies a small adhesive bandage (like a Band-Aid); no stitches are required and there is minimal downtime and less discomfort compared to open surgery.
TENEX HEALTH TXTM has been effective in relieving the pain associated with tennis elbow. If you are suffering from tennis elbow, please talk to your practitioner so that we may discuss this as an option for you.
Reference: Tenex Health TXTM, (2015). Understand your tendon pain. Retrieved May 18, 2015 from, http://www.tenexhealth.com/understand-your-tendon-pain
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