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A contrarian Tennis Elbow and Golfer's Elbow resource, to help you sort through the myths and misconceptions around this frustrating, painful tendon curse. Brought to you by Allen Willette, 'Tennis Elbow Tutor' - Creator of the original self-help Internet video program: Tennis Elbow Classroom... Break Your Vicious Cycle!
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Sep 22, 2016

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Do you have a Tennis Elbow treatment plan? A consistent strategy based on how to – And just as importantly – How NOT to treat it?

Here's one based on straight-forward principles of healing and my decade-plus experience successfully treating Golfer's and Tennis Elbow sufferers.

Unfortunately, the typical Tennis Elbow treatment protocol tends to be overly focused on alleviating symptoms – Not on healing.

(And we always have to remember they are not the same thing – Sometimes they are mutually exclusive.)

If you completely heal your injury there should be no more pain – but there are a lot of things you can do to relieve pain (by suppressing it, usually) that have no positive effect on healing your injury, and which, can impede healing – or even worsen your injury.

So, it’s not surprising that so many Tennis and Golfer's Elbow sufferers find themselves scrambling from treatment to treatment and from cure to so-called “cure” – without a real strategy or a deeper understanding of the injury, in desperate search of relief…

This is especially true in the beginning – Before you understand how serious your Tennis Elbow injury really is…

Before you realize it's not going to just get better permanently with a little rest, a few pills and some ice…

And before you suddenly get it!... You're trapped in a terrible, vicious cycle!

So if you need a plan for escaping that vicious cycle – What I call, “The Tennis Elbow Triple Trap” this podcast episode is for you.

And if you'd like to learn more about the Tennis Elbow Classroom treatment strategy, please follow this for more detail

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Sep 13, 2016

Is Selfie Elbow a new medical condition?

Is your arm or elbow starting to hurt from taking large numbers of selfies?

You may have the latest Tech Injury, many have begun to call "Selfie Elbow."

(Selfie Elbow is pain in the elbow caused by holding ones arm fully extended and putting one's wrist in an awkward position to snap pictures of oneself over and over – AKA taking “selfie” pics.)

This podcast episode still applies, though, whether you're starting to feel pain in your elbow, wrist or fingers – And whether it's related to typing, texting OR selfie taking using your computer, tablet OR smartphone.

Because it appears that Selfie Elbow is just another, newer form of Tennis Elbow or Golfer's Elbow, and not truly a unique, new medical condition.

(Lateral Epicondylitis or Medial Epicondylitis, or better yet, Epicondylosis or Epicondylopathy)

The same principles apply to this “new” Overuse Injury as with other Repetitive Strain Injuries.

For the full post, including links to sources, visit:

Selfie Elbow 101: What Is It And How Do You Treat It?

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Sep 1, 2016

In this podcast Allen Willette from Tennis Elbow Classroom discusses the pros and cons of Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy in the treatment of Golfer's and Tennis Elbow. Including:

  • Whether there's any evidence PRP is an effective treatment, (based on medical studies)
  • Whether it's worth the price – and the pain afterward (also sometimes during the procedure)
  • And whether there are any better alternatives (other approaches to achieving the same goals.)

What is Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy?

PRP (and its less-sophisticated relative, Autologous Blood Injection) are in-office, minimally-invasive “non-surgical” procedures that begin by having a small amount of your blood drawn.

In the PRP procedure your blood is spun in a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets, by separating them from your red blood cells and your plasma, which is mostly water and Electrolytes.

Then your platelets (along with some of your plasma) is injected into the injured area that's not healing (usually a tendon or ligament.)

Platelets are cells in your blood that are mostly responsible for blood clotting, and they also secrete growth factors that are involved in tissue healing.

(The procedure with ABI is the same, except they skip the spinning and separating step, and simply inject you with the whole blood.)

For a deeper look at PRP and ABI, including medical study cites, links to mainstream news articles and more, read my post here:

Treating Tennis And Golfer's Elbow With PRP Therapy

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Aug 15, 2016

Do Golfers also get Tennis Elbow? Yes, quite often, in fact.

Curiously, a glance at golf magazine websites, medical studies and surveys suggests that not only do golfers get Tennis Elbow, they actually suffer this injury more often than Golfer's Elbow!

(Although, statistically, there are many more cases of both injury types among people who don't play tennis or golf!)

In this podcast Allen Willette, 'Tennis Elbow Tutor' covers these related questions and more:

  • What's the difference between Tennis and Golfer's Elbow?
  • How and where do golfers develop this injury?
  • Why do golfers suffer Tennis Elbow more often than Golfer's Elbow?

For the full post, including links to sources, visit:

Do Golfer's Also Get Injured With Tennis Elbow?

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Aug 13, 2016

Is it completely necessary to stop playing tennis or golf when you have a Tennis Elbow injury? – Or can you "play through it" IF you’re careful?

And if you decide to take time off to focus on healing and rehab, when is it safe to start playing again?

The good news is, although it’s probably always wiser to take time off, it is entirely possible to keep playing and still recover, with two caveats:

  1. As long as your injury isn’t TOO severe, And…
  2. You do the right things to treat it in the process.

In the spirit of helping you continue to play, this podcast covers 5 key guidelines / tips…

As well as some suggestions on when you should start playing again – if you need to take time off to rest.

See also these related podcasts and articles:

PODCAST: Do You Really Need to Rest? Why Rest Is RUST - (Mentioned in this podcast)

PODCAST: Will A Brace Help You Heal? - (Also mentioned)

PODCAST: Avoid These Exercises When You Have Tennis Elbow – (Related)

And here’s the full article, including this podcast:

https://tenniselbowclassroom.com/tennis-elbow-exercises/playing-tennis-golf-with-tennis-elbow/

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Aug 9, 2016

Which upper-body exercises should you avoid, stop for the time being or modify when you have a Tennis Elbow injury?

Should you use dumbbells or is it better to use barbells? What about muscle isolation; is it better to do more general exercises and avoid getting too specific?

In this episode, Allen Willette from Tennis Elbow Classroom covers the following strength-training / weight-lifting questions and concerns:

  • General Thoughts On Exercising While You’re Injured
  • Barbells Vs. Dumbbells (And Kettlebells) Does It Matter?
  • Basic Types Or Classes Of Exercise To Avoid – And Why
    • – All-Or-Nothing Exercises
    • – Long-Lever / Extended-Elbow Exercises
    • – Shoulder-Stability-Challenging Exercises, etc.
  • Specific Upper-Body Exercises To Skip – And Why
    • – Reverse Biceps Curls
    • – Deltoid Raises
    • – Cable Exercises
    • – Upright Rows

See also this important, related podcast:

Working Out Wisely When You Have Tennis Elbow (Can You?)

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https://tenniselbowclassroom.com/tennis-elbow-exercises/exercises-to-avoid-when-you-have-tennis-elbow/

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Aug 6, 2016

Should you continue working out with weights or doing any kind of upper-body strength-training exercise if you have Tennis Elbow?

Does it make any difference what originally caused your injury? – Whether it was originally caused by:

  • Weight lifting in the first place?
  • From playing tennis or golf?
  • From computer use?
  • OR from heavy, physical work?

Allen Willette from Tennis Elbow Classroom, answers these and other Tennis Elbow related exercise questions in this episode.

Your needs will vary, depending on whether your injury originates from low-intensity / high duration work, like computing…

Medium to high intensity (but shorter duration) sports like tennis and golf…

Or long-duration, heavy, physical work, like construction.

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Aug 5, 2016

What's the first thing they tell you to do when you have Tennis Elbow?

"Reduce" the inflammation – Right? Well, here's why you can forget all about that!…

Inflammation the biggest Tennis Elbow fallacy of all time – And you don't actually have to chase, treat or worry about it.

In-depth post, video and podcast here:

https://tenniselbowclassroom.com/what-is-tennis-elbow-1/tennis-elbow-tendonitis-inflammation-myth/

Here's why you don’t have to put up with the stomach-churning pills, the constant icing and the damaging Cortisone shots…

Why the inflammation-fighting, reducing / "managing" approach to treating Tennis Elbow (also known as 'Lateral Epicondylitis' or 'Elbow Tendonitis') is a complete dead end and may do you more harm than good.

(Despite everything you may have read or been told AND in spite of the fact that your Tennis Elbow may FEEL like it’s inflamed!)

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Aug 3, 2016

 

How long does it take to fully recover from a Tennis Elbow injury? Some injuries seem to only take weeks to heal, while others take months or even years – Why is that?

And is there a way to speed up your Tennis or Golfer's Elbow healing process?

Full, detailed post with video and podcast:

https://tenniselbowclassroom.com/tennis-elbow-treatments/how-long-to-heal-tennis-elbow/

Jul 30, 2016

To make a full recovery from your Tennis Elbow injury you’ll need several key strengthening / rehab exercises.

And in this episode, I cover the three best exercises for Tennis Elbow, which one(s) you should start with, and how taking a more indirect approach may be the best way to ease into your rehab.

Because, for some Tennis Elbow sufferers, taking the direct approach that's most often recommended (starting with “pure” wrist extension) is an invitation to more struggle and aggravation.

See my full-length post with video for more on Tennis Elbow exercises here

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Jul 30, 2016

What exactly are the goals of Tennis Elbow rehab exercises?

There are three key things you’re trying to accomplish with resistance exercise when recovering from a Tennis Elbow tendon injury, whether it’s Tendinosis, Tendonitis or a tendon tear:

  • Muscle strengthening
  • Tendon remodeling
  • And tendon healing

In this podcast we look at each of these important Tennis Elbow exercise goals in detail. And for the article please visit:

Full article on Tennis Elbow Rehab Goals

Jul 28, 2016

There’s a lot of talk about the idea of using ‘Eccentric Exercise’ in Tennis Elbow rehab – But can one type of muscle contraction be that much more effective in your tendon healing?

Or is the eccentric approach (and the “FlexBar” rubber bar device often used to perform it) just another exercise fad?

(An ‘Eccentric’ contraction is the controlled lengthening of a muscle against resistance – Vs. the ‘Concentric’ contraction, where the muscle shortens.)

Based on several medical studies, there is evidence to back up the idea that Eccentric muscle contractions may (in some cases) be superior to concentric ones when it comes to tendon rehab.

A lot of the buzz around this idea seems to revolve around a single study – A small, but apparently successful study of Tennis Elbow sufferers…

Full article and video on Eccentric Exercise here

Jul 28, 2016

The exercises you need for Tennis Elbow rehab are easy enough to learn – The hard part is knowing when to do them.

When done at the right time, exercises should help your recovery – But, done at the wrong time, they can make your injury worse, unfortunately!

Is the right approach to:

  • Rest for some weeks before starting exercises?
  • Do you need to wait for inflammation to go down first?
  • Or is it best to just jump right in and start them anytime?

For more, check out the full article with video on:

Tennis Elbow Exercise Myths And Mistakes

Jul 21, 2016

When it comes to Tennis Elbow treatment advice, you almost always hear how important it is to “Rest it as much as possible while it heals!”

But, unfortunately, the idea that healing will “just happen” while you’re resting, hoping and waiting is a major misconception when it comes to tendon injuries.

Learn why “You should rest it!” is not very useful advice when treating tendon problems like Tennis Elbow (especially if it’s Tendinosis, which it often is)…

Hopefully, before you waste several months resting only to find the pain just as bad when you resume your activities – and realize you’re no better off!

Here's the full post on Rest And Tennis Elbow

Jul 20, 2016

Corticosteroid Injections: Powerful Medicine - But At What cost?

In the treatment of Tennis Elbow, the Cortisone shot is the go-to quick fix, often instantly erasing pain, almost like magic – But at what cost?

Do Corticosteroid injections offer any tangible, lasting benefits to the healing process of your Tennis Elbow?

Or is Cortisone a damaging mistake – little more than a deceptive mirage lulling you into a false sense of well being – until the illusion dissolves with your next relapse?

Here are the key points you need to know if you’re considering getting an injection or if you’ve already had one or more:

  • Cortisone shots are NOT an effective treatment for Tennis Elbow: They certainly don’t help your tendons heal (they only mask your symptoms),
  • Not only are they ineffective they can have the opposite effect; actually damaging your tendons –  delaying your recovery by months or even years, (among other serious risks),
  • Medical researchers have known about the damaging effects of Corticosteriods for decades, yet despite this fact, Doctors continue to give these damaging shots – often without informing you of the full risk involved.

 

For the full story, listen to the podcast and read the full article at Tennis Elbow Classroom:

Here's my detailed article with video on Cortisone Shots and Tennis Elbow

 

Jul 4, 2016

Braces, Tennis Elbow And Healing

Although it may be recommended by your Doctor, there are several key reasons why a support, brace or splint may NOT be a sensible treatment for your Tennis Elbow after all.

Unless pain relief in the short term is a higher priority for you than healing and recovery in the long term.

This is an important question we often neglect to consider in the rush of doing something to ease the pain: Will it actually help our injury heal? - Or is it just going to help it feel better temporarily?

Yes, like so much of the "common wisdom" around Tennis and Golfer's Elbow - it's counter-intuitive!

Here in this podcast and in the comprehensive article with video linked below:

  • Why Immobilization Doesn’t Help Tennis Elbow Heal
  • How Braces Can Lead To Scar Tissue
  • Doesn't Tennis Elbow Need Rest To Heal?
  • Exceptions When You Might Wear A Support
  • The "Counterforce" Brace: Best Support For Tennis And Golf

Why A Brace May Not Help Your Tennis Elbow

Jul 1, 2016

Should you use ice, "Cryotherapy" or the RICE Protocol to treat your Tennis Elbow or Golfer's Elbow?

Actually, no – Despite what many experts and authorities claim – Learn why icing does NOT help your tendon injury heal and how this treatment can actually slow your recovery instead of aiding it.

Full article on Ice and Tennis Elbow 

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