Tennis Elbow Affects Quality of Life!

What is Tennis Elbow?

Tennis elbow is a condition where the tendon of the muscles that raise the wrist is attached to the bone, and it occurs with strain.

Repetitive movements of the tendon attachment, holding, forcing, grasping and squeezing cause strain and increase the injury. This disease is a painful condition that is seen on the outside of the elbow, where the tendon of the muscles that raise the wrist is attached to the bone, and occurs with strain. It is more common in housewives, motorcyclists, cooks, drivers and computer users. Aksoy said that the most important finding of the disease is the pain that spreads from the elbow to the forearm; ‘Sometimes it starts as a pain that comes on slowly and sometimes suddenly, when the pain is very intense, the patient cannot even hold a glass, turn a key and pull the quilt over, in this case, making fists or gripping movements to relax can increase the pain even more.

Rest Is Important

The disease can be understood by the specialist doctor without the need for any imaging. First of all, activities that cause this situation should be restricted. Resting the wrist is important. Restriction of strenuous activities is recommended rather than complete rest. In order to achieve this, the patient is recommended a hand / wrist splint so that rest can be achieved by restricting hand and finger movements. 'Kinesiotaping Taping' applications to reduce pain without restricting elbow movements are very useful in the acute period. Afterwards, cold application is recommended for 20 minutes, 2 times a day, and the anti-edema drugs we will give help reduce the pain.

Avoid Repetitive Cortisone Injections!

Today, cortisone injections can of course be applied. I do not find it correct to use it as a first option and repeatedly. We now have regenerative treatment options such as PRP or stem cells. I prefer regenerative treatment options and PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) application as injection. The PRP method, which has been used in many areas in recent years, is also applied in stubborn cases of Tennis Elbow. In the PRP method, the patient's blood is taken and passed through a special system, and the thrombocyte cells of the blood are separated in isolation. About 1-2 cc of PRP is obtained from approximately 20 cc of blood. PRP is usually done twice a month apart in tennis elbow. Its effect is not as fast as cortisone, but the chance of success is the same as cortisone, and the risk of recurrence of the disease is 5 times lower than cortisone. After PRP, pain can be observed for a few days, but it is one of the most effective methods in resistant cases, and the absence of side effects is also a reason for preference.

Tennis elbow, which seems simple, can actually reduce the quality of life; Therefore, he added that it is important to see a specialist doctor and start appropriate treatment as soon as possible.