Tennis elbow pain: Everything you wanted to know

Some people call it “tennis elbow,” and others call it “golfer’s elbow,” but one thing is for sure, this sharp pain affects more than just tennis and golf players. The medical name for this condition is lateral epicondylitis, and as its nicknames suggest, it affects the elbow area.

Doctors recommendations for soliotherapy to relife pain

What causes tennis elbow?

When it comes to causes of tennis elbow, effort and strain are the main culprits. This pain condition happens as a result of the elbow tendons becoming overloaded from repeated movements of the wrist and forearm, hence the connection to playing tennis. However, tennis players are not the only ones affected by it.
If you’ve ever felt pain on your elbow or forearm as a result of using a screwdriver for too long, you are familiar with what tennis elbow feels like.

What does tennis elbow feels like?

Tennis elbow causes sharp pain, especially on the outside of the elbow (flexion and forearm area). This pain usually happens suddenly and not gradually. The pain is exacerbated when the forearm is moved in and out, engaged in fine mechanical activity (like sewing), and rotary actions (such as opening bottle stoppers). Sometimes, you will feel that you cannot completely straighten your hand.

How is tennis elbow diagnosed?

Not all pain in the elbow means that you have tennis elbow. However, non-transient pain will require a medical examination and diagnosis. Contact your doctor immediately if there is any swelling, redness, or extreme sensitivity to touch. In some cases, in addition to a physical examination, your doctor will perform other tests like ultrasounds or imaging tests. A similar type of pain that happens in the innermost part of the elbow is called “golfer’s elbow.”

How long does tennis elbow last?

Tennis elbow can go away in the same way it appeared, suddenly. Most people who do not require medical intervention will recover from tennis elbow in anywhere from 4 to 12 months, with only a minority of cases lasting two years or more. However, even if you have recovered, the syndrome may return in the future.

How is tennis elbow treated? Is there any advanced instrumentation that can help?

As is the case with many other orthopedic problems, resting will significantly improve your pain. It is important to remember, however, that resting doesn’t mean lying in bed for prolonged periods of time; instead, try to move the area gently while being mindful of your pain, so you don’t push yourself too far. Sometimes, it’s also helpful to place cold compresses on the painful area several times a day. Physical therapy will also help you to strengthen your muscles and alleviate pain.
There are cases where steroid injections are needed, and only in extreme conditions will surgery be required (the effectiveness of which is controversial). Ignoring the problem can cause chronic inflammation and ongoing complications.
Tennis elbow can also be alleviated with the help of at-home pain relief devices, which use advanced pain-relieving technologies. The most effective at-home pain-relieving tool is “Solio;” a compact and easy to use pain management device.
“Solio” is also unique in that it is the only one of its kind to use radio waves. These radio waves penetrate deep inside the tissue to provide further relief. Solio is designed to treat a wide variety of pain types (but not all of them, of course. Please refer to the Consumer Newsletter or information on this site to learn more).

How is tennis elbow pain treated with “Solio Alfa Cure Plus”?

There are 2 main areas for tennis elbow treatment:

1 – The entire outer area of the forearm from the elbow to two thirds of the distance from the elbow to the wrist (there is no need to reach the wrist).

2 – From the elbow area towards the outside part of the arm and a little to the inside 10-13 cm from the elbow towards the arm and around the arm (both on the lower and upper parts).

Method of treatment: apply a thin layer of gel on the device, place it on the area being treated and start sliding the device over the entire treatment area shown in the picture for 15-20 minutes once a day per area. Treatment with the device at level 3 (you must watch the instructional video before using the device for the first time). If you feel excessive heat during the treatment, you can slightly increase the treatment area so that the heat is distributed over a larger area.

It is necessary to keep treatment up once a day in order to benefit from the optimal result from the treatment.  Do not stand still in one place. Maintain steady slow movements throughout the entire duration of the treatment.


Please note that the treatment time refers to one area only. Do not divide the treatment time over two or more areas because this will lessen the efficiency of the treatment.

how to treat tennis elbow with solio

It is important to note that with tennis elbow it takes a longer time to feel a significant improvement, unlike other areas of the body where you can feel a significant improvement after as little as 4-6 treatments. That is why we recommend continuing the treatment for a month and a half to two months for improvement and relief.

Coordination of expectations: once you locate the correct and most effective area of the treatment, you will feel relief after 10-20 treatments. Treatment should be continued until the pain is reduced.

It is also important to take care to rest the treated area during the treatment days and to avoid overload on the area.


How can I prevent tennis elbow in the future?

As already mentioned, if repeated actions are required, dedicated braces should be used for support. Strengthening the forearm and elbow muscles with physical therapy or exercise is can also be very helpful.

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