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Tennis elbow, or lateral elbow tendinopathy, is an issue that has inspired many a heated debate in the medical world. As a musculoskeletal system disorder, there are a plethora of treatment methods and of course, every doctor thinks they know which is best. So how do you know chiropractic care is the right method for you?
What is Tennis Elbow?
Tennis elbow is expressed via growing pain beginning at the back part of the elbow and extending all the way down to the wrist. A key symptom associated with tennis elbow is a weakness in the aforementioned areas that make it difficult to perform remedial tasks such as shaking hands, holding a drinking glass, or simply opening doors.
Methods of Treatment
Generic methods of treatment usually consist of a primary care physician suggesting pain management medication, icing/heating, and rest which are all well and fine for short term relief. However, if you’re looking for a long term solution to an ongoing problem such as tennis elbow you’re going to want to pursue chiropractic treatment.
Chiropractic treatment of this disorder will seek to utilize the aforementioned methods to relieve pain temporarily combined with corresponding methods such as touch and movement to distribute manipulative therapy to the affected areas.
Advances in Technological Treatment Methods
Chiropractors also make use of more technologically advanced approaches like:
- Therapeutic Ultrasound (U/S) – the affected area(s) are covered in a gel that facilitates the transmission of high frequency sound vibrations into the body where they are absorbed by connective tissue, tendons, and ligaments
- Interferential Current (IFC) – similar to U/S except that IFC uses medium frequency electricity to loosen and massage the affected area
- U/S IFC Combination
All three methods have proven to be successful in the treatment of tennis elbow but according to the participants of a recent study on these three methods, the U/S and combination of U/S and IFC were more effective than IFC alone.
If you feel you may be suffering from an undiagnosed or misdiagnosed form of tennis elbow don’t wait; give me a call to set up a consultation today.