Question: I have recently developed tennis elbow and it is becoming very painful. I am on 3 Ibuprofens a day and wear a tennis elbow support but nothing seems to work. I don’t know a lot about it, can anyone help please?
Answer 1: Try trigger point therapy. My physio and I discussed tennis elbow – as you do, he practices IMS (needles in tender points) and recons he solves his tennis elbow cases in 6 sessions!
Answer 2: Regarding your condition of tennis elbow I think I could probably help after having had just about every part of the condition it produces! I do not want to pry but wonder what type of job you do as I have connected that this complaint is higher in some trades than others. To ease some of the pain I would recommend a medi-splint. You can get one from a good chemist for around £15 but make sure they measure you correctly so it fits otherwise it will aggravate your condition. I can only advise to take rest and be careful. I started like you and knew nothing. If I knew then, what I know now I would do things differently. Be careful of Ibuprofen, it has side effects. Try frozen peas on the area or a hot water bottle. If your doctor says to have a cortisone injection, try and say no.
Exercise can help (physio) but there are various stages of tennis elbow; if you are at the beginning and it has not been too severe you can help with exercise. Tennis elbow (lateral epicondyliti) is inflammation of the tendon (tendonitis) attached to the outside, lateral side, of the elbow – the bony prominence of the arm (humerus) muscles; these work the wrist and fingers. The pain can radiate and travel into the forearm and occasionally the hand. The pain occurs with grasping activities and may be accompanied by a sense of weakness, aching type of discomfort and present at rest – or at night after activity. I have had all this and injections in both arms which are very painful, two operations which have left me badly scarred and still in pain; so do not go down the same path I did. I am sure others out there have the same answers. It is painful: it feels like someone has hit your funny bone with a sledgehammer, but try the things I have said first. If it is work related let me know.
Answer 3: Needles in tender points? I have tennis elbow, and am suffering a major flare-up in both arms (like others, my left arm was OK till I started using my mouse with that hand to give the right one a rest!). The thought of sticking needles in the sore areas makes me cringe, but if it could be solved in 6 sessions, I’d consider it! How badly does this treatment hurt, and is it widely available? And what does IMS stand for?
Answer 4: I had two sessions of trigger point acupuncture on a problem elbow (tennis elbow most likely, as I play tennis, but it wasn’t actually caused by the tennis – long story) Anyway, it certainly reduced the pain in the area around the elbow – I still have a slight pain there sometimes, but mostly it’s gone. Definitely an improvement.
Answer 5: It hurts! But I keep going back which shows it must be good! It sure beats 3ams in agonies!