Re: Help with an injured elbow
Yikes, man, you are in Japan. Go get some acupuncture!
Actually, I've got two patients right now that I'm treating with acupuncture, one with medial epicondylitis and one with lateral epicondylitis. Both were refractory to the usual ultrasound/ice/therapeutic exercise approach.
I'm also using a TCM technique called gua sha (I'm sure there's a Japanese version). It's the same as Graston technique, only about 2,000 years older.
Both are responding well to this approach, as other patients have in the past.
I would exhaust the manual/alternative therapies before giving serious consideration to surgical intervention.