The road to recovery is not always easy, but SoftWave wants to make it as smooth as possible. Tennis elbow can be easily treated using shockwave therapy, a simple and effective treatment used by many physical therapists and orthopedists. SoftWave wants you to better understand your injury and the best ways to treat it. We are transparent about all the effects and results we’ve seen from using shockwave therapy. SoftWave cares about their patients’ physical and mental health, which is why we highly recommend shockwave therapy as a treatment for tennis elbow.
What is Tennis Elbow and What Causes It?
Even if you’re not an avid tennis player, you can still be at risk for a tennis elbow injury. Tennis elbow can occur any time the forearm is overused during repetitive activity. Some examples of activities that can cause tennis elbow are, tennis, golf, baseball, painting, construction work, weightlifting, etc. It can also be caused by hitting your elbow on something very hard. Tennis elbow occurs when the tissue connecting the forearm muscle to the elbow becomes very irritated and strained. The tendon in particular becomes inflamed, and sometimes tears slightly, causing a lot of pain in this area. The muscle in the forearm becomes tired and fatigued putting more strain on the tissue connecting the muscle and bone resulting in the tendon tearing.
Symptoms of Tennis Elbow
The most common symptom of this injury is usually pain in the elbow, forearm, or wrist. When you feel symptoms of tennis elbow it will begin subtle and gradually get worse. A few other symptoms are:
- Pain, often a burning feeling on the outside of your elbow. This pain can also travel down to your wrist. Can be felt when twisting or bending the arm, some things that may trigger this feeling are opening up jars or twisting things.
- Very stiff feeling when your arm is extended
- A tender elbow that is also very swollen
- Grip is extremely weakened
Treatments For Tennis Elbow
The most well known treatments for tennis elbow include: :
- Rest: Avoid certain activities that cause your elbow more pain, such as repetitive motions like painting, sports, heavy lifting, etc. Continuing to perform activities that irritate your injury can make it worse and keep your elbow from recovering.
- Physical therapy: This can improve your arm’s range of motion and joint function. Sometimes this can relieve the pain of the injury.
- Pain management: Over the counter pain relievers are a great way to handle pain. Some may include ibuprofen, tylenol, motrin, aleve, etc.
- Steroid shots: Can calm the pain, reduce inflammation, and help the nerves relax in the injured area. However, they should be used with caution and often do not help to resolve the underlying injury.
- Shockwave therapy: Our most recommended treatment for tennis elbow relief is shockwave therapy as it promotes healing through shockwaves and assists the joint to a faster, fuller recovery.
What is Shockwave Therapy with SoftWave?
Shockwave therapy with SoftWave (also known as SoftWave Therapy or StemWave Therapy) is a non-invasive treatment option for many orthopedic injuries including tennis elbow. Shockwave therapy is performed with a machine that produces energy in the form of shockwaves. The machine sends shockwaves to injured areas of the body to promote healing and reduce inflammation for deep connective tissue like tendons. Depending on the injury, shockwave therapy can use high or low shock waves. High shock waves tend to be slightly more uncomfortable than low ones, but still are tolerable for most patients. The energy of these specific types of waves allows for tendons, soft tissues, and even bones to start their reparative process.
Numerous animal studies have shown that shockwave therapy also increases the number of stem cells by signaling and recruiting as well as activating resident stem cell mitochondria.
Shockwave Therapy for Tennis Elbow
Shockwave therapy is a great treatment for tennis elbow if you are looking for a non-invasive, effective treatment. As we mentioned before, tennis elbow is the straining of tendons, which is a perfect fit for SoftWave therapy. SoftWave therapy can decrease inflammation, pain, and speed up your recovery process. Contact a provider to find out more about your specific situation and what further steps to take.
Shockwave Therapy For Providers
If you’re a provider we highly recommend shockwave therapy for your patients. Shockwave therapy can be used as either an adjunctive or replacement therapy. This trusted method of therapy has changed many people’s lives, see our patient testimonial page for their amazing stories. Your patients could experience a new treatment that has faster healing time vs the standard of care, is non- invasive, has short treatment appointments, and requires no anesthesia or numbing agents. Shockwave therapy is convenient for both the patient and provider. At SoftWave we also offer reimbursement paths available for some.
Shockwave Therapy For All Patients
SoftWave Therapy t is not limited to people with tennis elbow. If you’re experiencing any kind of bodily pain please contact a SoftWave provider to see how shockwave therapy with SoftWave can help you. Not sure if shockwave therapy will help you? See our Physical Rehabilitation page to find out what shockwave therapy treats!
SoftWave provides physicians an additional way to heal using trusted technology. We have been using this method and can confirm that it is proven and effective. SoftWave uses shockwave therapy to treat types of tendonitis such as tennis elbow. The benefits of shockwave therapy can help with tennis elbow recovery.