While rest is a first-line treatment for tennis elbow caused by repetitive motion, it isn’t always practical for people who must continue to perform their work, even with all the repetition. Practical prevention tips include:
- Stretch before activities that involve repetitive motion
- Keep the wrist in as neutral a position as possible
- Maintain good form when executing movements, particularly in sports. Learn proper form to prevent biker's elbow
- Make movements smooth and controlled, not jerky
- Use power tools rather than hand tools where possible
- Choose hand tools with a padded grip
- Use an ergonomic keyboard and mouse
- Take periodic breaks
As for treatment, it’s important to not simply mask the symptoms, such as wearing a brace or strap, which only provide temporary pain relief, but to address the root cause.
One effective option is physical therapy, using instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM). This applies controlled microtrauma to the tendon to stimulate a local inflammatory response, which boosts circulation, sends healing cells and oxygen and breaks down adhesions, scar tissue and fascial restrictions.
The new E5 tendonitis recovery device from Stā Active replicates IASTM with a convenient, at-home treatment of 10 minutes per day, three times per week for eight weeks. Combined with strength and stretching exercises, this therapy promotes functional restoration.