Have you ever seen a person wearing a tensor bandage or support around their elbow? It is very likely that they are suffering from “tennis elbow.” The medical terms for tennis elbow are “lateral epicondylitis, lateral epicondylosis or lateral epicondylopathy.” It is a condition that causes pain, tenderness and inflammation on the outer part of the elbow.
Tennis elbow is caused by repetitive activities such as tennis, hammering or using garden shears. Repetitive overuse causes inflammation of the muscles & tendons attached to the outer part of the elbow.
Health professionals can make a diagnosis of “tennis elbow” after taking a detailed history and from performing a thorough physical examination. Tennis elbow cannot be diagnosed from blood tests or X-rays.
A common medical treatment for tennis elbow is to modify the activity that is causing the pain. For example tennis players can change the grip size of their racquet and carpenters can use different size screwdrivers or hammers.
Other standard medical treatment for tennis elbow includes ice, stretching, elbow braces, OTC medications such as ASA or ibuprofen, cortisone shots and in rare cases surgery.
There is an exciting new treatment for tennis elbow called the Graston Technique® (G.T.)
G.T. is instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that utilizes stainless steel instruments to detect “scar tissue” When skillfully utilized by a trained practitioner; these instruments help breaks down “scar tissue” and fascial restrictions.
G.T is a new and innovative way to decrease pain and improve function. It is highly effective in treating tennis elbow and several other conditions.
The Graston Technique® was conceived by an athlete who suffered a debilitating knee injury while water skiing. After conventional therapy failed, he applied his professional background in machining to create the initial Graston Technique® instruments.
The concept of cross fiber massage is not new. Graston Technique® is grounded in the works of Dr. James Cyriax, a British orthopedic surgeon. The use of specially designed instruments and protocol has been a recognized part of the manual therapy industry for more than 20 years.
Graston Technique® has become standard protocol in many universities and hospital-based outpatient facilities as well as industrial on-site treatment settings.
Graston Technique® was 1st researched at Ball Memorial Hospital and Ball State University in Indiana. It is engaged in research projects at Indiana University, Texas Back Institute, New York Chiropractic College and St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis. Graston Technique® has become part of the curriculum at 21 respected universities and colleges. It is included in doctoral physical therapy programs, athletic training programs and doctor of chiropractic programs. Today, there are nearly 5000 clinicians who use the Graston Technique® protocol. The technique is also being used within the professional sports industry by the NBA, NHL, NFL, and Major League Baseball trainers.
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