Tennis elbow usually begins with mild pain and can worsen over time. The pain is worsened by pressing on the affected area, by lifting objects particularly with extension of the wrist. Using a screwdriver can worsen the injury and cause pain. In advanced cases, even simple movements of the elbow joint can produce pain.
While tennis elbow affects up to half of people who participate in racquet sports, most people who develop tennis elbow do not play racquet sports. Work activities that involve frequent use of the forearm muscles are also associated with the development of tennis elbow. Most people who develop the condition are between the ages of 30 and 50 years, but it can affect people of any age. In most cases, those affected do not notice a particular injury or traumatic event before the condition arises. Tennis elbow is very common and acupuncture is effective in 90% of cases.
Acupuncture works by invigorating the flow of qi and blood throughout the area in order to relieve pain, reduce inflammation and promote the body’s own healing ability. With associated techniques of electro-acupuncture and cupping, the best results can often be achieved.
Often succeeding where physiotherapy cannot, acupuncture is very effective in the treatment of this condition and does not have any of the associated side effects of steroid injections. Usually a course of 4-6 treatments can see the problem resolved. Tennis elbow is one of the conditions which the World Health Organization states can be effectively treated with acupuncture.