Active people here in Syracuse are always interested in safe natural remedies to deal with tennis elbow. Science Daily has reported “Training the Best Treatment for Tennis Elbow, Study Suggests”, http://bit.ly/h355iy. This ScienceDaily article has been reprinted with editorial adaptations from materials provided by University of Gothenburg in an article titled “Lateral epicondylalgia A new structured treatment program with an inter-disciplinary approach” http://bit.ly/f6f7KX.
Tennis elbow, which is a common muscular disease, is also known as Lateral epicondylalgia. It occurs from overloading the muscle attachment on the outer surface of the elbow which leads to pain and tenderness. A thesis which has been presented at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden has concluded that training and ergonomic advice are more effective than anti-inflammatory drugs and cortisone injections in treating tennis elbow, and also have fewer side effects.
In the study this thesis was based on healthcare personnel in Sweden, including GPs, orthopedic surgeons and physiotherapists, replied to a questionnaire dealing with the selection of treatment by healthcare personnel, the experiences of these healthcare personnel when treating patients with tennis elbow, and the results from a training program for tennis elbow. Pia Nilsson, who is a physiotherapist and scientist at the Sahlgrenska Academy, commented “It became clear that treatment with medication has side effects in many cases. Most side effects were reported from just those treatments that are often the treatment of choice for tennis elbow by GPs, which are cortisone injections and anti-inflammatory drugs.”
Pia also studied the results from a new structured training program for tennis elbow. The treatment for the patients in this study involved following a home-training program which had a goal of building up strength in the elbow muscles. Patients with this condition need to increase their strength because these muscles are fixed to the hand. This results in a patient’s grip strength becoming weaker when these muscles are weakened. And this can lead to the patient experiencing difficulty in his or her work, and therefore being forced to take sick leave.
Pia has explained that ergonomic advice can help the patient to adapt to any associated problems at work, and many patients can therefore continue to work with the aid of wrist support. Pia has also said “It may be painful at night since many people sleep with a bent elbow, leading to difficulty straightening it in the morning. The bending of the elbow can be prevented with a simple night bandage and this facilitates the healing of the muscles. A treatment program designed by a physiotherapist and occupational therapist together reduces the patients’ pain, increases the function of the elbow and hand, and reduces the duration of sick leave. This program heals tennis elbow better than cortisone injections. The method can provide benefits to the patient, the employer and society in general.”
People here in Syracuse suffering from tennis elbow should consider the possible advantages of training and ergonomic advice instead of anti-inflammatory drugs and cortisone injections for treatment and should discuss this with their health care providers.
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