Tennis Elbow treatment begins with resting the elbow as repetitive movement is believed to be the cause; forearm and elbow wraps are often recommended. Treating the underlying inflammation with DMSO and herbal remedies will permit faster healing. Manual laborers and sports participants are most likely to develop this painful condition, usually in the dominant arm. Home cures for tennis elbow are usually successful providing the elbow is not damaged further.
What is Tennis Elbow?
Lateral epicondylitis, more commonly known as tennis elbow, occurs when the tendons attaching to the outside of the elbow are injured. Overuse is thought to be the cause, causing microscopic tears within the tendons attaching forearm muscles to the arm bone at the elbow. This is a degenerative process as constant use does not allow these microscopic tears to heal. Inflammation is symptomatic of the injury.
Natural Remedies for Tennis Elbow
Home cures using herbs with natural anti-inflammatory properties will reduce pain and also speed up the healing process. Ice packs temporarily relieve the pain. DMSO is valuable for its pain relief and anti-inflammatory compounds. Herbal remedies attack the inflammation and promote healing. While some may experience relief quickly, a complete cure may take months as tendons heal very slowly.
DMSO (dimethyl sulfoxide) is an alternative treatment often found in locker rooms, applied topically to sore muscles and injuries. Among the many therapeutic benefits of DMSO are: anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal and promoting healing. DMSO can be mixed with cayenne extract for pain relief or with aloe which contains immune-boosting nutrients.
Turmeric, Ginger and Alfalfa
These herbal remedies are powerful natural anti-inflammatories, as well being beneficial in many other ways. They will reduce the inflammation and pain. It may take up to two months before the full effect is felt. Even if pain relief happens quickly, take precautions not to further injure the tendon before healing is complete.
Lifestyle Modification and Stretching Exercises
The best way to prevent tennis elbow from happening again is to identify which activity caused the tears in the tendon. Learning a better way to do the causal activity or using better or different equipment can be important in the long run. If doing something hurts, try to find a way to accomplish the goal without pain. A treatment regimen including stretching exercises beginning 2-3 weeks after the pain is greatly reduced will strengthen the tendons and muscles. Any painful movements should be avoided.
Tennis Elbow can be very painful and debilitating but is cured without surgery 90% of the time. Topical applications of DMSO and anti-inflammatory herbal cures will reduce pain and speed healing. Stretching exercises and avoiding the repetitive movements that caused the problem will be important to prevent a re-occurrence.