Re: Tennis Elbow
Tennis elbow, lateral epicondylitis, in the acute phase, is inflammation of the extensor tendons at the area of the insertion into the bone. Left untreated, it can deteriorate into epicondylosis-degeneration of the tendon (harder to treat).
I get good results with a form of deep tissue therapy called Graston Technique (instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization-IASTM) and cold (low level) laser therapy couple with a tennis elbow strap, home icing and exercises. The tissue therapy breaks down adhesions and granular tissue and the laser speeds healing. Stretching and exercise re-establish properly lined up scar tissue. Find a chiropractor or chiropractic orthopedist or physical therapist using Graston and Laser. They might also do Mill's Maneuver to break up adhesion. Ice is appropriate if acute and inflamed. It won't help much if degenerative (soft dark tendon with few inflammatory cells).