TENDON TRAK™ ELBOW
TENNIS ELBOW ( LATERAL EPICONDYLITIS)
Lateral Epicondylitis, also known as tennis elbow, is inflammation of the muscles responsible for extending or rotating the wrist and forearm. These muscles have a common attachment about the outside of the elbow. When irritated, pain may be present with activities such as turning handles, lifting, fishing, or more aggressive activities such as tennis or golf. Symptoms may be brought on by trauma, repetitive stress, or working in awkward postures. A thorough evaluation by a medical provider should be completed in order to rule out referred pain, or compression of the radial nerve which passes through these muscles.
Discomfort associated with this repetitive stress disorder may be extremely debilitating. Treatment may include removal of the repetitive stress, rest, thermal modalities, physical or occupational therapy, bracing, injections, and in severe cases, surgery. Once symptoms are subdued, it is essential that the proper mechanics of the elbow are restored, and the forces that were ultimately responsible for causing the discomfort, normalized. In doing so, restoration of strength about the forearm is essential in order to return to previous levels of function without return of symptoms.
In both acute and chronic stages of the problem, blood flow to the irritated tissue is altered and direct compression of this tissue is not indicated. The Tendon Trak ™ is a patent pending brace developed by a Physical Therapist and is ideal for the treatment of lateral epicondylitis. Unlike other braces, the Tendon Trak ™ uses two approximating pads placed on opposite sides of the irritated tissue in order to alleviate discomfort. It is the only device available on the market that does not apply direct pressure on the irritated tissue. Because it is low profile, easy to apply and comfortable to wear, the Tendon Trak ™ will not hinder functional activities and will assist with early, pain free return to function.