Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, is a problem that can be very difficult to treat and can try the patience of most patients. Diagnosis is usually straightforward. If you have pain on the lateral side of the elbow, (the thumb side as you stand with your arms at your side, palms forward), over the bony knob called the lateral epiconeyle, or near this area that is worse when you grip or try to pick anything up with your hand you likely have tennis elbow. Tennis elbow tends to caused by either chronic overuse or a sudden strain to the tendons attaching to the lateral epicondyle.
Over the years I’ve become unconvinced that the traditional treatments including ice, NSAIDS, a tennis elbow wrap, physical therapy, corticosteroid injections and even surgery really help very much. Most of the time the condition lasts at least a few weeks, and can linger for months or years in refractory cases.
I stumbled across a video in a N.Y. Times article in the Tara Parker-Pope column proposing a fairly simple treatment patients could easily do at home, and by stopping the video, squinting to see the brand of the flex bar used, found an online resource to buy these yourself.
First check out the column and video at: A Fix For Tennis Elbow.
Then if you want to try this at home you can go to the “Amazon” web site to purchase the flex bar
used in the video. At under $20. plus postage this is likely cheaper than an office copay, and certainly less than a course of traditional PT, less painful than a corticosteroid injection, and unlike the above options which often don’t work maybe this will really help.
Last, if you try this, leave a comment to let me know how you think it works.