Tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis, is a common condition that affects the outer part of the elbow. It is caused by overuse of the forearm muscles and tendons, leading to small tears in the tendons that attach to the lateral epicondyle of the humerus bone. This can result in pain, tenderness, and weakness in the elbow and forearm.
Extra Corporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) is a non-invasive and efficient treatment method for tennis elbow. Recent studies have shown that ESWT is a safe and effective treatment method with a success rate of up to 80% for tennis elbow (1,2). It works by delivering high-energy shockwaves to the affected area, which stimulate the natural healing processes of the body. This leads to increased blood flow, reduced inflammation, and the formation of new tissue.
ESWT is also associated with fewer complications and a shorter recovery time compared to traditional surgical methods. Recent systematic reviews and meta-analyses have found that ESWT is a safe and effective treatment option for lateral epicondylitis, with significant improvements in pain and function (2,3).
Our physiotherapists and osteopaths at CBR Clinics, located in London Waterloo, and Canary Wharf, have the expertise to help with ESWT for tennis elbow. We use the best ESWT modalities in the industry and can provide personalised treatment plans that are tailored to the individual needs of each patient. With our experience and knowledge, we can help you recover from tennis elbow and return to your normal activities.
If you are experiencing symptoms of tennis elbow, such as pain and weakness in the elbow and forearm, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Contact CBR Clinics on 0330 299 3020 or click HERE to book online to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced physiotherapists or osteopaths and learn more about how ESWT can help you recover from tennis elbow.
1. “Extracorporeal shock wave therapy versus corticosteroid injection in the treatment of lateral epicondylitis: A randomized controlled trial” (2021) published in the Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation: https://content.iospress.com/articles/journal-of-back-and-musculoskeletal-rehabilitation/bmr210345
2. “Extracorporeal shock wave therapy for lateral epicondylitis: a systematic review and meta-analysis” (2020) published in the Journal of Hand Surgery (European Volume): https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1753193420953607
3. “The effectiveness of extracorporeal shock wave therapy for the treatment of tennis elbow: a systematic review and meta-analysis” (2020) published in the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1058274620303604
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