Injuries and inflammation to the muscles and tendons are not only common in athletes, but also in the general population. This is especially true if you work in physical jobs. As a result, many patients seek holistic treatment for tennis elbow in Glenview, IL.
Despite its name, only 1 in 20 cases of disease is actually caused by playing tennis. Any activity that causes long-term repeated overload in the tendons at the bottom end of the forearm can cause it.
Professions and sports that can cause tennis elbow include:
The main symptom of disease is pain, mostly in an area just below the joint, because of tendon degeneration. This can appear after activities that engage the damaged tendon, or it may be persistent all the time in severe cases. Your wrist and shoulder muscles can also suffer a loss of strength and flexibility.
Conventional treatment usually consists of waiting and pain relief. Almost 90% of disease cases resolve in a year, but we at Life Balance Clinic see this as too long for patients to wait. Pain relief may also include steroid injections, a temporary solution to the pain that may cause further tissue damage.
Chinese medical therapies such as acupuncture treat underlying imbalances that contribute to overuse injuries. In the case of tennis elbow, acupuncture points are chosen to resolve Qi (vital energy) and blood stagnation in the Liver meridian line, as the tendons are connected to your liver.
If you suffer from tennis elbow, acupuncture may be an effective treatment. Research shows improvements in pain during work and grip strength, with as few as four sessions over two weeks. Not only does acupuncture increase the body’s production of pain-relieving chemicals, but it may also boost collagen generation, helping to restore your damaged tendon.
At Life Balance Clinic, Dr. Vadim Dekhtyar, DACM, brings years of experience to every acupuncture session and a range of other therapies, such as cupping and bodywork. If you’ve been searching for high-quality, holistic tennis elbow treatment near you, you’ve come to the right place. Contact us here, or call us at 847-724-1777 to learn more.