This could be you . . . or someone you know. A healthy recreational athlete stopped by our office with elbow pain. She wasn’t a tennis player, but her symptoms fit that of a painful elbow condition called tennis elbow, medically known as “lateral epicondylitis.”
She’d tried ice and antiinflammatory medicine without any improvement. She kept on working out, despite having extra pain afterwards. Following a comprehensive evaluation, the physical therapy treatment plan included use of a special elbow strap, manual therapy, and Gua Sha (an ancient Chinese method that increases blood flow to the area). We also applied our latest treatment modality, cold laser. It’s effective for sports injuries and is designed to compliment other means of controlling pain and inflammation. It also helps to rebuild the collagen fibers, which are the strands of connective tissue that give tendons their structure and strength.
Alpine PT is one of only a few places in western Montana that provides laser therapy for sports injuries. Within six sessions, spanning two weeks, her symptoms completely abated. She’s now back to her normal work out and reports complete freedom from elbow pain. For more information on lateral epicondylitis, click here.