Tennis or Golfer's Elbow causes, symptoms and treatment. Tennis Elbow : •Tennis Elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, is most common in adults between the ages of 30-50. •It is an overuse and muscle strain injury that results in an inflammation of the outside of the elbow and forearm areas. •With repeated use of your forehand and backhand, those muscles are often overworked, becoming inflamed. Plumbers, carpenters, painters, and cooks are prone to Tennis Elbow due to the repetitive nature of their occupations. •Seasonal activities such as raking, gardening and cutting wood can cause Tennis Elbow as well. Symptoms •Pain may radiate from the outside of the elbow to your forearm and wrist. •It can be a constant ache in the elbow area, or you may only feel it while performing activities that involve reaching, grasping or lifting. •It is important to see a doctor to ensure that you receive a correct diagnosis regarding the cause of your pain. Causes •Tennis elbow is a classic repetitive stress injury caused by overuse. Any activity that strains the muscles around the elbow over and over again can cause it. •In tennis, hitting a backhand puts some stress on your forearm muscles, which repeatedly contract when you hit the ball. If you have poor technique or grip the racquet too tightly, that stress may increase in the tendons that connect the forearm muscles to the elbow. The tendons may get small tears. •The more you do it -- and tennis is a game of repeated strokes -- the greater the chance for tennis elbow. •Age is also a factor which can cause tennis elbow. Golfer’s Elbow : •Medial epicondylitis, or Golfer’s Elbow, is an irritation on the inner side of the arm and elbow. •This condition can be caused by any activity that requires repeated twisting or flexing (bending downwards) of the wrist. •Generally, it is an overuse of the forearm muscles during such tasks as gardening, shoveling, throwing a ball, playing golf or tennis. •Repeated lifting, especially when your elbow is extended and your palm is facing down, can also cause Golfer’s Elbow. •In addition to golf, other activities may cause this condition such as racquet sports, baseball or softball, weightlifting, carpentry, painting and other similar activities. Symptoms •Symptoms include pain on the inside of the elbow when lifting the wrist or hand, pain when twisting the forearm, or when making a fist. •The area may be slightly swollen or tender to the touch. •If the problem has lasted for a while, additional symptoms can include stiffness in the elbow or weakness in the hands or wrist. Causes •Golfer's elbow is usually caused by overusing the muscles in the forearm that allow you to grip, rotate your arm, and flex your wrist. •Repetitive flexing, gripping, or swinging can cause pulls or tiny tears in the tendons. •Despite the name, this condition doesn't just affect golfers. •Any repetitive hand, wrist, or forearm motions can lead to golfer's elbow. Risky sports include tennis, bowling, and baseball -- in fact, it's sometimes called pitcher's elbow. •People may also get it from using tools like screwdrivers and hammers, raking, or painting. Treatment for Both Conditions: Immediate Treatment • Give your elbow and wrist a rest. • It may take several weeks of resting the elbow and wrist to feel a decrease in pain, and even longer until the symptoms are gone completely. • You can help reduce pain and swelling by icing the painful area, and taking anti-inflammatory pain relievers, such as ibuprofen or aspirin. • However, it is very important to seek medical attention from your health care provider if the condition does not show improvement. • Our cold laser treatment is the most pain less and efficient way to treat this problem, with a garunteed solution and relif. Your health care provider may also prescribe an elbow brace. The purpose of the brace is to redirect the pressure over your muscles so that the injured area does not take the full force. Symptoms: The pain associated with a tennis / golfer’s elbow may: • Dull ache in the elbow. • Pain and swelling in the outside or inside of the elbow. • Raising or lowering of arm or folding your arm triggers pain. • Pain when trying to make a fist. • Raising arm makes a clicking sound. • Stiffness. • Loss of strength and mobility in arm. People may experience: • Pain areas: in the elbow or muscles • Also common: swelling or tenderness Risk factors The following factors may increase your risk of having tennis / golfers elbow: •Age. As you get older, your risk of a tennis / golfers elbow increases. tennis / golfers elbow are most common in people in the age of 20-60. •Certain sports. Athletes who regularly use repetitive arm motions, such as golfers, archers and tennis players, have a greater risk of having a tennis elbow or golfers elbow. •Construction jobs. Occupations such as carpentry or house painting require repetitive arm motions, often overhead, that can damage the elbow over time. Complications •Without treatment, tennis / golfer’s elbow disease may lead to permanent stiffness or weakness and may result in progressive degeneration of the shoulder joint. •Although resting your arm is necessary for your recovery, keeping your arm immobilized for a prolonged time can cause the connective tissue enclosing the joint to become thickened and tight . Prevention •If you are at risk of tennis / golfer’s elbow if you've had a tennis / golfer’s elbow injury in the past, consult a doctor, Our cold laser technology helps you recover fast with a permanent solution. •Daily arm stretches and strengthening exercises can help prevent future injury. •Your doctor or a physical therapist can help you plan an exercise routine. Diagnosis: Key elements in diagnosing tennis / golfer’s elbow pathology are: • History • Physical Examination • X-rays • MRI How Cold Lasers work for Tennis / golfer’s elbow Injury? •Low level laser therapy – also known as cold laser – a medical grade, painless therapeutic laser used as an effective treatment to reduce inflammation, restore healthy tissue and reduce pain. The powerful anti-inflammatory and pain relieving effects of LLLT help to improve the quality of life in patients suffering from the pain of a tennis / golfer’s elbow injury. •LLLT works by enhancing circulation and encouraging the injured cells and tissues to repair, helping to restore normal function. As the underlying problem is treated, pain relief is possible. •A ground-breaking therapy for accelerating healing and relieving the pain associated with tennis / golfer’s elbow injuries, pain reduction can usually be felt immediately after 2-3 treatments and a series of treatments is recommended to achieve the best results. Advantages of Cold Laser Treatment for Tennis / golfer’s elbow Injuries : Instant or long-lasting relief cannot be guaranteed as results vary for each patient due to age, health condition, type of injury, lifestyle and concurrent treatments, however clinical evidence and our patients’ experiences indicate low level laser to be a worthwhile and effective treatment with 95% success rate for tennis / golfer’s elbow injuries. • Non-invasive • Clinically proven results • Safe to use immediately after an injury • Reduces the need for medication • Helps to restore the normal range of motion • Suitable for all ages • Treatment is painless • Relieves and potentially eliminates pain • Permanent Solution as per doctor’s consultation.