Athletics and Recreation

Tennis Elbow: Treatment for Damaged Tendons Without Surgery

So tennis elbow is an overuse scenario as
well. We see it in people that are having to grip
with a power grip over time, repetitively. And it is kind of a pulling away of that tendon
from the bone. It happens over a prolonged period of time. Your body is trying to heal itself and it
can’t because it’s not able to rest. The treatment options always start with activity
modifications and rest. I think if we can rest overuse scenarios,
they tend to get better. The problem is it’s hard to do that for a
lot of people, and so we incorporate things like a wrist brace. The other things I think are physical therapy. I think therapy helps eliminate the pain,
and then improve your mobility and ultimately get your strength back. There are definitely different levels of severity. There are the very mild things that a splint
takes care of. There are some people who necessitate an injection,
so a cortisone injection, and that can be quite helpful in pain relief. The important thing is that you have to continue
to work on the rehabilitation, or the symptoms will come back. There has been some research that we’ve done
here at UVA looking at things like ultrasound treatment for tennis elbow. We’re still kind of gathering some data on
that. I think it works for some people but not for
all. And so we’re really trying to hone in on what’s
the best way to treat this. Do people need surgery for this? Is there a way to treat it without surgery? And if so, how can we get people back quickly,
and so a lot of our rehabilitation protocol are evolving as well to try and get people
back as quickly as possible.

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