MUSCULOSKELETAL PAIN & INJURY
GOLFERS & TENNIS ELBOW INJECTION BIRMINGHAM
WHAT IS GOLFERS ELBOW AND TENNIS ELBOW?
Tennis elbow and golfers tennis (epicondylitis) are very common elbow conditions whereby pain is felt on the inside (golfers) or the outside (tennis) of the elbow. The strong muscles of the forearm attach on to a common small tendon, both on the inside and the outside of the elbow. When these muscles become repetitively overworked or overstretched they can irritate the tendon. Where the common tendons attach on to the bone, often this can become acutely and chronically inflamed, making everyday activities very difficult.
CAUSES OF TENNIS ELBOW
Tennis and other racquet sports
GOLFERS & TENNIS ELBOW TREATMENT
Conservative treatment for golfers and tennis elbow
Stretching - stretching and massage of the forearm muscles can help to take some of the pressure off the irritated tendons.
Rest - patients are advised to reduce activities that put stress on the forearm muscles like over gripping or repetitive activities
Elbow brace - an epiclasp grip support can be very effective when performing certain activities
Taping/acupuncture/dry needling - has been shown to reduce pain, and a number of different taping techniques to support
Manipulation - breaking down scar tissue and joint manipulations
GOLFERS & TENNIS ELBOW INJECTION TREATMENT
Due to modern living, sometimes elbow pain and tendinitis (golfers elbow and tennis elbow) can turn into chronic pain. If this is the case the other modes of treatment are also available. Injection therapy for golfers elbow and tennis elbow is also commonly used to treat the stubborn condition and can deliver good success. Injection therapies often involve steroid injections and/or platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections.
Cortisone injections (steroid injection)
Tennis elbow and golfers tennis suffers who have not responded well to conservative treatments may be advised to have a cortisone injection to reduce inflammation and pain. The factors to consider if one is thinking about having a steroid injection is that often (if successful) steroid injections for pain can be short-lived and may have an overall degenerative effect on the local tissue and tendon of the elbow. Although they can be good for inflammation, cortisone injections can weaken the tendon, putting it at an increased risk for rupture (tear), if repeated too often.
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections
Growing in vast popularity, platelet rich plasma (PRP) treatment is a natural treatment commonly used in sports medicine that uses platelets from the patient’s blood to promote and facilitate healing in damaged tissue. Increased data from evidence-based clinical studies are increasingly showing that platelet rich plasma injections are not only safe and effective for the treatment of tennis elbow and golfers tennis, but also have improved benefits over cortisone, particularly for long term progress.