Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)

  • Tennis elbow is an overuse & muscle strain injury. The main cause for repeated motions and stress may result in a series of tiny tears in the tendons that attach the forearm muscles to the outer bony prominence of your elbow.
  • You can get it without playing tennis
  • You probably won’t need surgery
What are the causative & risk factors of tennis elbow?
 
Tennis elbow often occurs because of repeated contraction of the forearm muscles, when a specific muscle  (extensor carpi radials brevis) is damaged.
Repetitive twisting of the wrist can trigger the tennis elbow. These activities may include:
  • Repeated use of backhand stroke with poor technique in tennis
  • Badminton & other racquet sports
  • Swimming
  • Golfing
  • Using plumbing tools
  • Painting
  • Frequently using a screwdriver & hammer
  • Cutting up cooking ingredients, particularly meat
  • Repetitive computer mouse use
Risk factors:
1) Age — While tennis elbow affects people of all ages, it’s most common in adults between the ages of 30-50
2) Occupation — People who have jobs that involve repetitive motions of the wrist & arm are more likely to develop tennis elbow. Examples include plumbers, painters, carpenters, butchers, cooks etc.,
3) Certain sports — Increase in your risk of tennis elbow can be due to participating in racket sports, especially if you employ poor stroke technique
4) Recent injury to the elbow
What are the symptoms of tennis elbow?
  • Outside elbow pain that is mild at first but gradually gets worse
  • Morning stiffness of the elbow
  • Radiating pain extending from the outside of elbow to the forearm & wrist
Pain & weakness may make it difficult to:
  • A weak grip
  • Increased pain when shaking hands / squeezing an object
  • Worsened pain when lifting something, using tools, / opening jars
What is the diagnosis of tennis elbow?
 
Your homeopathic physician will ask you about your job, whether you play any sports, & how your symptoms developed. Your doctor may also order imaging tests, such as an X-ray / MRI, to rule out other disorders that can cause arm pain. These include arthritis of the elbow.
What are the advantages of homeopathy over allopathy?
 
Allopathic treatment
Possible side-effects of allopathic treatment
Advantages of homeopathy
Symptomatic treatment (NSAIDs)
  • Long-term usage & high doses raise your risk of having a heart attack / stroke, stomach bleeding etc.,
  • High BP
  • Heart & kidney damage
  • Provides long-term results with minimum dosage
  • Doesn’t alter BP
  • Natural & safe for heart & kidneys
Corticosteroid injections
  • Repeated injections cause damage to the shoulder
  • Reduces the immunity
  • Elevates blood sugar
  • Tissue salts enhance mineral & vitamin absorption in the musculoskeletal system
  • Enhances the immunity
  • No side-effects
Elbow arthroscopy
  • Nerve damage
  • Invasive
  • Relatively high recurrence
  • Expensive
  • Easy to administer natural oral medicines without side-effects
  • Non invasive
  • Low recurrence
  • Affordable
* Treatment effects may vary from patient to patient
Treatment at Drs Homeo International
 
Identify root causes
Natural oral medicines
Lifestyle modifications
  • Age — 30-50
  • Recent elbow injury
  • Poor technique in tennis
  • Racquet sports
  • Swimming
  • Golfing
  • Using plumbing tools
  • Painting
  • Frequently using a screwdriver & hammer
Natural medicines:
  • Minimises the usage of anti-inflammatory & analgesics
  • Tissue salts enhance the mineral & vitamin absorption that are essential for musculoskeletal health
  • Restore muscle strength & flexibility of the elbow joint
Guidance for food & nutrition:
Foods to be taken
  • Vegetables — Cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, sweet potatoes
  • Fruits — Berries, pineapples, red grapes etc.,
  • Oily fish; Nuts & seeds
  • Spices — Ginger, garlic & turmeric
Foods to be avoided
  • Simple carbohydrates & fats (both saturated & trans fats)
Supplementation guidance — Vit. D & C
Productive & Pain-free lives — 
We aim directly at constitutional medicine along with initial specific medicine, when there is an underlying condition like autoimmune disease / metabolic disorder / Infection / systemic / acute / chronic complaint improved quality of life by controlling pain & stiffness
  • Relieve not only muscle pain & stiffness in your elbow but also boosts the immunity of the individual which helps in providing long term results
  • Low relapse rate
  • Restores cellular health
  • Natural medicines not only help the individual to recover well from presenting symptoms of the condition but also treat the root cause responsible for the occurrence of the complaint.
Rest, exercise & habits guidance:
Rest: 1st step is to rest your arm for several weeks (A brace helps immobilise the affected muscles)
Exercise — Fist clench; Supination with a dumbbell; Wrist extension; Wrist flexion; Towel twist
Habits
  • Ice / hot packs — Apply for 15 minutes 3-4 times a day
  • Massage the affected joint to increase the blood circulation
  • Sleep with 2 pillows — One pillow is for your head, as usual, the other is to go between your elbow & your body (on your affected side) so that your arm is held slightly away from your body
* Treatment effects & individual results may vary from person to person
At Drs Homeo, we have treated frozen shoulder patients effectively with a success rate of 96%. Pie diagram — Cured (96%); No significant change (3%); No change at all (1%)
How can tennis elbow be prevented?
 
  • Make sure you’re using the right equipment & proper technique for each sport / task
  • Performing exercises that maintain the strength & flexibility of the forearm
  • Icing your elbow following intense physical activity
  • Resting your elbow if it’s painful to bend / straighten your arm
If you take these steps & avoid putting strain on the tendons of your elbow, you can lower your chances of getting tennis elbow / prevent it from coming back.

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