Magnetic therapy is not often chosen to treat epicondylitis, however if used in the correct way it is an extremely efficient electromagnetic therapy. Here we discuss the condition, how magnetic therapy can help, and other treatments.
Epicondylitis or inflammation of the forearm tendon is commonly known as Tennis Elbow as 50 % of tennis players end up suffering from the injury during their career. It is also extremely common in other professions that require vigorous use of the forearm tendon.
Epicondylitis is a painful condition, which persists even when the arm is in a rest position. It is particularly painful to perform a dorsal extension and to touch the epicondyle on affected tendon.
In physiotherapy the first step towards recovery is rest, rehabilitation will prove impossible if we keep up the same level of effort that caused the injury. The doctor may prescribe painkillers and anti inflammatory medicines. A brace centred over the back of the forearm may also help relieve symptoms of tennis elbow, by resting the muscles and tendons. Applying cold, or massaging the area with an ice cube will also alleviate pain. After the initial period physiotherapeutic treatment will normally consist of:
- Application of low frequency magnetic therapy, relaxing the muscle, improving circulation, speeding up trophism and reducing pain. Magnetic therapy produces a range of effects which act in unison to speed up the recovery process.
- Ultrasound, Ultrasonophoresis.
- Analgesic Tens.
- Radar therapy