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This diagram helps illustrate how the muscles which attach to the elbow become overloaded and start to tear the tendon attached to the elbow (the condition known as tennis elbow)

When muscles keep pulling on the tendon, sometimes the tendon structure tears and breaks down, causing local pain. The arm – in particular the forearm – can experience muscular spasms and a local weakness which serves to protect it from further damage.

The aim of treatment is to loosen off the muscles which have become hard, fibrotic and shortened, in order to avoid further small tears of the tendon.

Most traditional treatments include stretching exercises and now shockwave therapy and exercises   These exercises are using the flexibar either the yellow bar or the red bar depending on the severity of the pain

 Cortico-steriod Injections for Tennis Elbow is considered to be less effective as it does not stimulate the repairing of the cells rather reduces the pain which then can return with worsening symptons after 12 weeks

Patients who’ve been helped have asked me to include this in my blog for the benefits for others experiencing similar conditions.

Edinburgh Osteopath Helen How has over twenty-eight years experience of treating patients at the How Osteopathic Clinic (Trinity Edinburgh). Registered Osteopath Helen combines the latest advances in osteopathy with a gentle patient-centred approach to diagnosis and treatment ensuring that osteopathic treatment at the How Clinic is suitable for a wide-range of conditions including; back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, knee conditions Helen uses Video Clips exercises educational information and outcome which is sent to your computer smartphone or iphone if you wish Treatment at the How Osteopathic Clinic is tailored to the individual and where necessary uses a combination of osteopathic techniques including, Traditional Osteopathy, Cranial Osteopathy, Electrotherapy, Vibrotherapy and Sports Remedial Massage. The holistic approach to osteopathy at the How Osteopathic Clinic, in addition to a full one hour treatment sessions, is designed to alleviate symptoms rapidly and can often significantly reduce the number of osteopathic treatments required. One of the few Osteopaths in Edinburgh and in Britain who uses the unique, gentle fleximatic vibrotherapy or shockwave therapy massage equipment combined with traditional osteopathic techniques in order to to find, feel and palpate those hard fibrotic bands of muscles which accumulate over the years of prolonged sitting, Helen has attended conferences held throughout the country; Helen has been using Shockwave Therapy for over 3 years now for Patella Tendons , Achilles Tendons Plantar Fasciitis and Tendon pain Hips, Upper Proximal Hamstring tendinopathy along with rehabilitation loading Contact Helen How, Registered Osteopath, 14 Craighall Gardens, Edinburgh EH6 4RJ To make an appointment contact Helen on 131 551 1044 or Text /Call 07889304762