Anyone who performs repetitive movement with their arms can be at risk for tennis elbow. That means you don’t have to play tennis – or any racquet sport – to suffer from this common injury. Tennis elbow happens to weight lifters, computer users, gamers, musicians, gardeners, chefs, handymen, construction workers and more.
Overuse of the arm and forearm can result in tiny tears in the forearm tendon that cause aggravation, pain and gradual degeneration. Pain may be mild at the start and worsen over time, eventually occurring during simple activities such as carrying a coffee cup or briefcase, brushing your teeth or shaking hands.
Many treatment options for tennis elbow are available, and often can be combined for even better results. These include physical therapy, acupuncture, TENS, cryotherapy, injections and others. The new Fiix Elbow device from Stā Active automates a clinically proven physical therapy technique called instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) for home use.
Tennis elbow sufferers simply strap on the Fiix Elbow for 10 minutes per day, three times per week, for eight weeks, in addition to performing specific strength and stretching exercises (link to Can I Exercise with Tennis Elbow page when posted). While this treatment is supremely convenient and has been shown to be highly effective, if you’re evaluating other options as well, you may also consider – does dry needling work for tennis elbow?