If you’ve experienced soreness, resisted movements or a limited range of motion in your arm, elbow and hands, you might write this off as the normal signs of ageing.
In reality, there is no reason to suffer simply because we are ageing. You may be struggling with lateral epicondylitis, a medical condition more commonly referred to as “tennis elbow”.
Tennis elbow can be a very painful condition, and many people find themselves struggling to manage their pain with over-the-counter pain relievers or even resorting to expensive surgeries for relief.
Fortunately, medical technology has come a long way in recent years. Those struggling with tennis elbow have non-invasive, low-risk treatment options.
In particular, Radial Shock Wave Therapy (RSWT) provided by Swiss Dolorcast is a promising option for those struggling with tennis elbow.
Diagnosing Tennis Elbow
When tennis elbow earned the official name “lateral epicondylitis”, doctors believed this was an inflammatory condition. In modern times, medical experts understand that tennis elbow is a lot more complex than that– in fact, a more accurate medical term would be something along the lines of “partially reversible, degenerative overuse-underuse tendinopathy”.
That’s a bit of a mouthful, so tennis elbow is often the most used term to describe the condition. Although the causes and symptoms of this condition can be complex, many individuals notice the following symptoms to various degrees:
- Pain and tenderness especially in the forearm and elbow region
- Resisted movements
- Resisted third finger extension is a common symptom
- Difficulty with turning doorknobs, holding coffee cups and other conditions
- Symptoms worsening with time
As the name suggests, tennis players are at risk for this disease. However, do not let the name fool you: the majority of sufferers are not tennis players.
Other athletes who play sports that heavily involve repeated are at risk as well, as are generally non-athletic people. Individuals who work as painters, carpenters, plumbers and in various professions are also at risk.
In fact, those who work at computers and frequently use a mouse might be at risk as well. Overall, there is a wide range of professions that involve a greater risk of developing tennis elbow. Simply because you are not athletic does not mean you should ignore the risk of developing this condition.
Peak incidence for tennis elbow occurs in patients who are between 40 and 50 years of age, but this condition can develop at any age.
Diagnostics for tennis elbow are made based on the clinical features of the disease– this means your doctor will consider your noted symptoms and make a diagnosis. There is no medical test to confirm tennis elbow, but you should undergo diagnostic imaging to eliminate other potential conditions.
Treating Tennis Elbow With Swiss Dolorclast
Once you have been diagnosed with tennis elbow, you might be concerned about the treatment options available to you.
One of the first approaches to treatment is proper self-care. Resting your arms, using ice packs and using proper techniques in physical activities can help alleviate symptoms.
If you require more care for your tennis elbow pain, shockwave therapy might be the best solution for you.
Shockwave therapy is a clinically proven method to treat numerous medical conditions. High-pressure shockwaves can reduce pain, increase blood circulation surrounding soft tissues and jump-starting healing by triggering stem cell activation.
Although many patients will experience some discomfort at the beginning of their shockwave therapy treatment, pain and soreness will subside as treatment continues.
Using Swiss Dolorclast, a gold standard for shockwave machine therapy treatments, you can treat tennis elbow through a treatment called Radial Shock Wave Therapy (RSWT). RWST has four straightforward steps:
- Using palpation and biofeedback to locate the area of pain
- Marking the area of pain
- Applying gel that will transmit the shock waves to the tissue
- Applying shock waves using a shockwave therapy machine
Risks of Swiss Dolorcast Shockwave Machine Treatments
Although it may seem unconventional, a shockwave therapy machine is a generally low-risk treatment option for tennis elbow.
Patients may experience minor symptoms such as numbing, swelling and reddening of the skin, although these symptoms typically last less than 36 hours. Petechia (or broken capillaries) are also a risk, although like other symptoms, this issue is typically minor and temporary.
After receiving treatment with a shockwave therapy machine, it is normal to experience some pain and tenderness, but never to the point where anesthesia or painkillers will be needed for treatment.
Benefits of Swiss Dolorclast
For almost every patient, the benefits associated with Swiss Dolorclast shockwave therapy machines far outweigh the potential risks.
One of the biggest benefits of Swiss Dolorclast is the fact that it is non-invasive, safe and negative side effects quickly subside. When conventional treatment options fail, doctors will sometimes address tennis elbow with surgeries, which can be more invasive, expensive and hard on the body.
If pain from tennis elbow is interfering with your daily life, it is time to look to Swiss Dolorclast and shockwave therapy as a potential solution.