Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis) Treatment

Tennis Elbow treatment made simple with Powerball

Powerball has been helping tennis elbow sufferers for over 20 years.  Powerball is easy to use, extremely effective and will not only help you relieve the symptoms of Tennis Elbow but continued use will stop Tennis Elbow recurring.Powerball Tennis Elbow Treatment

Why do so many physicians recommend Powerball for rehabilitation?  

The secret behind Powerball is the healing isometric resistance exercise Powerball affords you during your tennis elbow treatment/recovery. Powerball is a gyroscope that creates resistance from a spinning rotor simply by turning your wrists. The faster you turn your wrists, the faster the rotor spins, the more resistance you will feel. For rehabilitation, you should only use Powerball at slow spin speeds, however, Powerball can create upwards of 60+ pounds of isometric resistance.

Repetitive Strain Injuries like Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis) occur due to concentric (shortening of the muscle) or eccentric (lengthening of the muscle) repetitive movements. Whether that is activities like sport or typing. There is a myriad of reasons why you might have the misfortune of developing this debilitating injury.

Will isometric exercise worsen my Tennis Elbow condition?

Absolutely not. Unlike concentric and eccentric movements (e.g Bicep Curls) with isometric exercise, there is no change in joint angle or muscle length as you exercise. Isometric exercise is 100% non-impact so there will be no strain on inflamed tendons. 

Why is Tennis Elbow so difficult to Treat?

Tennis elbow derives from inflamed tendons between your forearm muscles and your elbow joint. This area has typically low levels of blood flow which makes the healing process slower. Prognosis for recovery for tennis elbow can be 6 months or more. With Powerball’s help, you will recover much quicker.

Why is Powerball so effective in the treatment of Tennis Elbow?

  1. Powerball’s isometric resistance exercise massively increases oxygen and nutrient-rich blood to the inflamed tendons. This speeds up the healing process considerably. With Tennis Elbow 80-85% of people will heal themselves without medical intervention, it’s just a matter of how long this will take.
  2. Building strength. Powerball is a world-class upper limb exerciser used by climbers and sports people to build strength and endurance and stay healthy. Reducing your exposure to the reasons you developed Tennis Elbow is a key element in treating the condition. This may mean restricting the exercise that brought on the repetitive strain injury. As Powerball is non-impact you can still build strength even while you are in recovery.
  3. Reduce Stiffness, increase flexibility and increase the range of motion in the elbow joint. Using Powerball increases the production of synovial fluid which lubricates your joints.
  4. Stops muscle wastage during recovery. Powerball allows you to maintain muscle strength and mass due to its unique resistance training.

What other Tennis Elbow treatment do we recommend?

  • Rest from causes of Tennis Elbow like impact sports and repetitive movements.
  • Ice. This will help with the reduction of inflammation.
  • Massage. With a physio if possible, however, self-massage is also effective. Tennis elbow can cause tearing of the forearm muscles (supinators & pronators) which may need deep tissue massage to resolve. This can be quite painful so it is recommended that you seek a professional.

Physio designed Tennis Elbow treatment programmes

In conjunction with physiotherapists, we have designed a comprehensive rehabilitation programme & tennis elbow exercises which can be downloaded here.

What does the physical therapist say?

Colm Murphy is an IATB physical therapist, lecturer in anatomy, & professional tennis coach. Colm is an expert in rehabilitation, musculoskeletal anatomy & analysis and works closely with elite level athletes. Colm designed our rehabilitation & strengthening programmes.

How does a PowerballPowerball Tennis Elbow Treatment gyroscope work?

Powerball is the home of gyroscopic exercisers. A Powerball has a rotor (green wheel) which spins on its axis creating resistance against the user. This resistance is created by the rotor as you turn your wrists which is known as gyroscopic precision. The faster the rotor spins the more resistance the user will feel. This resistance is purely isometric which is why it is perfectly suited for rehabilitation. At low rotor spin speeds, the resistance will be soothing and gentle for the early stages of rehabilitation. However, as you get stronger you can ramp up the resistance simply by turning your wrists faster. At high spin speeds our metal range of Powerballs can develop over 60+ pounds of isometric resistance.

What is Tennis Elbow / Lateral Epicondylitis?

Tennis Elbow (Lateral epicondylitis) is an overuse injury affecting the tendon which connects the forearm extensor muscles (the main muscle in the arm which powers the upward movement of the wrist/hand) to the Lateral Epicondyle (the bone on the outside of the elbow joint). Brought on by repetitive, vigorous use of the elbow or trauma from a direct blow, it presents as pain and tenderness beginning on the outer part of the joint and travelling down the forearm.

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Track your Tennis Elbow rehabilitation progress

Powerball’s battery-free LCD meter uses magnetic energy created by the spinning Powerball rotor. This will allow you to track your progress and push yourself along during your tennis elbow recovery.

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Symptoms & Causes of Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow is a condition that causes pain around the outside of your elbow. The medical term for tennis elbow is lateral epicondylitis. It is named this because it causes pain near your lateral epicondyle, which is the bony part of your outer elbow. Tennis elbow is typically an overuse injury caused by repetitive movements and this is why it is known as a repetitive strain injury (RSI).

Tennis elbow is a type of tendinopathy, which means it affects your tendons. It develops when the tendon that joins your forearm muscles to the outside of your elbow (Common Extensor) becomes inflamed or has small tears. Tennis elbow is a common injury that will affect between 1-3% of the population. Anyone can develop tennis elbow (sports people, computer users, drivers, manual workers etc), however, the average age profile is usually between 40-50yrs old. It is most likely to develop in your dominant arm as that is what you may be using most often.

Tennis elbow treatment can last anything between 6 weeks and 2 years. How long Tennis Elbow will affect an individual is dependent on how severe the condition is & how effective your tennis elbow treatment is.

Most commonly the symptoms will start with pain and tenderness on the outside of your elbow. You may also feel pain in your forearm and even down into your wrist. The pain you feel in your wrist and forearm originates from the inflamed elbow tendon and lesions that can occur in the supinator and pronator muscles in your forearm. The symptoms from tennis elbow can either develop over time from repetitive movements and can be hard to link them to any particular event or injury. Symptoms typically show up a couple of days after the activity that caused the problem. For some people, symptoms will be mild which will allow quicker rehabilitation times. However, symptoms can be very severe and debilitating stopping you from carrying out simple day to day tasks.

Symptoms may become more prominent in the action of gripping such as playing a sport or lifting objects. If there is increased pain when you bend your wrist backwards this is also another typical symptom of Tennis Elbow (lateral epicondylitis). The range of motion in the elbow joint will be affected with almost all cases feeling a stiffness around the elbow joint. A stiffness and tension in the forearm supinator and pronator may also be present.