TENDON TRAK™ ELBOW
GOLFER'S ELBOW ( MEDIAL EPICONDYLITIS)
Medial Epicondylitis or Golfer's Elbow, is discomfort localized about the boney prominence at the inside of the elbow (medial epicondyle), or in the muscles originating from this region. Symptoms associated with this condition include pain and sometimes weakness with forceful flexion of the wrist, pronation of the forearm, as well as finger flexion. This condition is less common than lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow) but has similar causes, including repetitive stress and trauma. Activities which may cause these symptoms include swinging a golf club, repetitive turning knobs, working with hand tools, throwing, and mountain climbing. It is important these symptoms are evaluated by a medical provider to rule out lesions that may refer pain to the inside of the elbow.
Similar to lateral epicondylitis, the treatment of medial epicondylitis includes rest, ice, and removal of the stress responsible for causing the discomfort. It might also require bracing, physical or occupational therapy, injection therapy, and rarely, surgical intervention. Once this discomfort has subsided, range of motion and strengthening exercises should be completed, followed by a gradual pain free return to previous level of function.
In both acute and chronic stages of golfer's elbow, blood flow to the irritated tissue is altered and direct compression of this tissue is not indicated. The Tendon Trak ™ is a patented brace developed by a Physical Therapist which unlike other braces, uses two approximating pads placed on opposite sides of the irritated tissue in order to alleviate discomfort. The Ulnar nerve ( funny bone spot ) runs directly behind the area of boney soreness which can be further irritated with other counterforce braces because of the pressure they place in this region. The Tendon Trak is the only device available that does not apply direct pressure on these irritated tissue. Because this method, the Tendon Trak allows for a more natural, anatomical muscle contraction, without hindering functional activities assisting with immediate improvement in function.