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Unlike some other soft tissue injuries, treatment for Tennis Elbow remains consistent between most medical professionals (doctors, orthopedic specialists, and physical therapists). "Most cases of tennis elbow are treated without surgery - less than 5 out of 100 tennis elbow cases require surgery." (Tennis Elbow Surgery: WebMD.com. 21 Jan. 2011. )
It is generally understood by doctors and surgeons, that surgery will introduce more scar tissue into the joint. This added scar tissue will be problematic, requiring physical therapy and conservative treatment options post-surgery. If not dealt with properly, the injured elbow could wind up in a worse condition than before surgery was completed. This is why surgery is only performed as a last resort.
Tennis Elbow surgery is not even considered until all conservative treatment options have been exhausted. Doctors, orthopedic specialists and physical therapists will advise that you must try at least 6 to 12 months of conservative therapy with no indication of improvement before surgery will even be considered. Some conservative treatment methods recommended include:
- rest from repetitive activity or the activity that caused your elbow injury
- icing the injury (consistent cold therapy treatments)
- rehabilitative exercise under the supervision of a physical therapist or doctor
- for some cases, physicians may recommend NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) and/or corticosteroid shots as well
Conservative Treatment Options
If your physician has decided that your injury can be treated with conservative treatment options, you can join our many customers who have had great success, treating themselves, with the powerful, conservative treatment products we offer through AidMyTennisElbow - the Elbow Freezie Wrap® and the Elbow Inferno Wrap®. If surgical intervention is required, talk with your physician about using these same products for post-surgery recovery as you will find them to be effective for reducing post-surgery inflammation, enhancing range of motion and minimizing scar tissue growth.
If Surgery is Required...
If all conservative treatment methods have been explored and your symptoms (pain as well as limited use for daily activities) persists, then you will be considered a candidate for surgery. The surgery that is selected for your injury will depend on the level of your pain and the amount of damage your doctor suspects there may be to your tendon.
Surgery for Tennis Elbow will require either the release of tendon tissue from the lateral epicondyle (the end of your humerus bone) which is then reattached, removal of damaged tissue from the tendon (also referred to as debridement), or repair of the torn tissue. Tendon repair can only be considered if the procedure does not over-tighten the tendon itself; this would result in a reduction of mobility/flexibility.
All of these surgical techniques can be completed through Arthroscopic surgery, Open surgery or Percutaneous Tenotomy (or a combination of procedures). For tennis elbow pain, arthroscopic surgery or percutaneous tenotomy are the preferred procedures as they are minimally invasive and patients usually recover at a much faster rate. Although with most soft tissue injuries, arthroscopic surgery is the preferred procedure as it is minimally invasive and patients usually recover at a much faster rate. This type of surgery will provide the surgeon with first hand insight into the nature of the injury and possibly limit the amount of elbow damage from surgery, helping promote a more effective recovery. Some cases however, will require open surgery as the scope of arthroscopic surgery is limited in comparison to full exposure of the elbow in open surgery. If you undergo an open surgery for your Tennis Elbow, you should anticipate a much longer time for rehabilitation efforts.
Getting Started with Your Post-Operative Rehabilitation
After your surgery is done, you will probably receive a tailored rehabilitation plan directly from your surgeon or physical therapist. This rehabilitation plan will combine rest, exercise, and conservative therapies, to aid in your recovery. All rehabilitation efforts will be explored under the guidance of a doctor or physical therapist, but you will also be expected to continue your exercise, stretching and treatment at home. The success of your rehabilitation will depend on your dedication to working with your doctor and physical therapist while also managing your recovery on a daily basis at home. No two rehabilitation plans are alike; the total time for rehabilitation will depend on the severity of your injury before surgery, the type of surgery you have just had, and your level of health and activity before the surgery.
Regardless of what type of surgery you have undergone (or even if you don't need surgery); our Elbow Freezie Wraps® and Inferno Wraps® will assist you in recovering from your injury faster and reduce your risk of reinjury. Our wraps will maximize blood flow where it is needed most and reduce your pain, swelling and inflammation.
Speak to your doctor, surgeon or physical therapist about incorporating Freezie Wrap® and Inferno Wrap® treatments into your post-operative rehabilitation program to boost your overall recovery process.
Post-OP Phase 1: Protect your Elbow & Start Moving
Rehabilitation after elbow surgery will first focus on protecting your elbow and initiating simple movement. The level of protection needed for your elbow will depend on the type of surgery you have had. Generally, for arthroscopic and open release surgeries, you will need to wear an arm sling, brace or cast for at least a week after surgery, or until your first follow-up appointment with the surgeon. You will be advised by your physician not to drive or operate a motorized vehicle for at least a week after your surgery. This is because restriction of elbow movement will directly affect your ability to steer your vehicle, particularly in an emergency situation which may require rapid, deliberate movements of the arm and elbow.
Soon after surgery your elbow will become tender, swollen, red and hot to the touch. These are all symptoms of inflammation. In order to reduce pain, swelling and inflammation your doctor will prescribe an anti-inflammatory drug to be taken during the first week after your surgery, or for however long it is needed, depending on your pain level. Your surgeon will also recommend a cold compression therapy, like R.C.C.E.® (Rest, Cold, Compression, Elevation). You can use the Elbow Freezie Wrap® for 15 to 20 minutes at a time, several times a day, to control your inflammation and reduce your pain.
Rest is vital to your rehabilitation plan, depending on the surgery you have undergone. When it comes to elbow surgery recovery, your surgeon or physical therapist will expect you to rest your arm as needed, but also focus on light movement, stretching or exercise to maintain at least a small amount of mobility.
Post-OP Phase 2: Gain Back Range of Motion (ROM) and Stability
After the initial healing of your elbow, your tissue will be in a weakened state and will not be as strong as healthy tissue for some time. This is why you need to be on "pre-injury watch" and make the most of your home therapies during your rehabilitation. It would be devastating if overdoing it at any point during the first few weeks or months of rehabilitation, would send you right back into the operating room.
Your doctor or surgeon may recommend regular physical therapy appointments where you will be encouraged to gain back some of your range of motion (ROM) and increase the stability of your entire arm. You will start with the gradual movement of your elbow in a free (non-forced) way with little weight or resistance, normally with very few repetitions of activity. Your arm will be stiff at first, and simple, easy movements may seem challenging at first. Don't be discouraged!
You can increase the blood flow before you exercise, with an Elbow Inferno Wrap®. The Elbow Inferno Wrap® will warm your tissue, reduce joint stiffness, and increase the amount of oxygen, nutrients, antibodies and energy that travel to your injured tissue. Using an Elbow Inferno Wrap® for approximately 15 to 20 minutes (finishing 15 minutes before exercise) will warm up your elbow, relax your arm muscles and encourage tissue elasticity.
Controlling post-exercise swelling and inflammation is crucial during any phase of rehabilitation. Any sign of swelling or inflammation after exercise, may be an indication of minor re-injury to your elbow or the surrounding tissues and muscles. Controlling your inflammation immediately after exercise, for at least 15 to 20 minutes, with an Elbow Freezie Wrap® may prevent the chance of reinjury to your elbow. If you don't treat your swelling immediately after finishing exercise, you will likely experience a setback in your recovery.
Post-OP Phase 3: Gain Back Full Capability of Your Elbow
This phase of your rehabilitation will focus on an increase in activity level in order to regain full range of motion (ROM) and muscle strength in your arm. Your doctor or physical therapist will increase your activity by introducing the regular use of a rowing machine, weight press or pull-down machines.
Continued use of Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™ (BFST®) before workouts and ColdCure Technology® after work-outs will go a long way to maintaining overall tissue stretchability and treat any pain, swelling or inflammation due to overexertion of your elbow.
Post-OP Phase 4: Return to Regular Use & Activity
Depending on your job (and whether your occupation has contributed to causing your condition), you may be able to return back to work from within 6 to 12 weeks after the surgery. Overall healing of your elbow after surgery may take upwards of 6 to 12 months, which means you may not be able to return to sports or using your arm to do heavy activities, until a year has passed after your surgery. In many cases, your doctor, surgeon or physical therapist will encourage continued rehabilitation and/or maintenance of your elbow through physical therapy or conservative treatment methods, to prevent re-injury of your elbow.
Dealing with Scar Tissue After Tennis Elbow Surgery
How Scar Tissue Affects Your Rehabilitation
Scar tissue is something that will be present in your elbow before and after your surgery. The growth of scar tissue is ultimately what causes stiffening in your elbow, restricting movement and flexibility. Scar Tissue is something that cannot be avoided during surgery. Your surgeon will determine if the anticipated outcome from surgery will be successful, despite the buildup of scar tissue that you will develop as a result of the surgery. Overall, the surgeon may be able to remove a lot of the initial buildup of scar tissue around the injury and in doing so, view a positive outcome from the surgery.
Unfortunately, scar tissue may plague you for weeks, months and maybe even years after your surgery, depending on your level of activity and the amount of conservative treatments you have done during your rehabilitation. Scar tissue is a major problem, especially when it comes to re-injury of your elbow. When dealing with scar tissue it is always important to:
- listen well to your physician and if conservative treatments are recommended, remember to stick to your (daily) treatment plan using these therapies, to avoid further surgery or avoid surgery altogether!
- if surgery cannot be avoided, know that frequent use of the Elbow Freezie Wrap® after your surgery, will help reduce the swelling very quickly. Much of the pain you feel will be from the swelling, and you will be surprised how fast the pain drops off once the swelling is down. Using the Elbow Freezie Wrap® is also recommended as a conservative treatment option to help increase your chances of avoiding surgery altogether.
- the Elbow Inferno Wrap® is a safe, electromagnetic energy device that will help reduce scar tissue and increase blood flow to the area (thereby accelerating the body's own healing process). Treating your elbow with this device after surgery is probably the easiest and most effective way to accelerate your recovery. Using the Elbow Freezie Wrap® is a highly effective conservative treatment option that will increase your chances of avoiding surgery altogether.
- when applied before stretching, the Elbow Inferno Wrap® will help the connective tissue in your elbow joint elongate, and stay elongated. This will help improve your range of motion and may prevent joint atrophy.
Overall, continued treatment with the Elbow Inferno Wraps® and Freezie Wraps® will maintain good health in your arm and significantly reduce your risk of reinjury.
It may seem hard to believe, but regardless of what type of elbow surgery you have undergone (or are trying to prevent), our Elbow Freezie Wrap® and Elbow Inferno Wrap® home therapy products will assist you in recovering from your injury faster and reduce the chance of degenerative elbow conditions by maximizing blood flow where it is needed most, reduce swelling and inflammation induced pain.
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Are You Dealing with Rehabilitation After Tennis Elbow Surgery? We Have Answers that can Help...
Most cases of tennis elbow respond well to conservative treatments, however, surgery will be needed in some cases. Undergoing Tennis Elbow surgery, whether you have an arthroscopic, open or combination procedure, can be a scary and challenging time for most.
The Internet and any medical professionals available to you (your surgeon, orthopaedic specialist and/or physical therapist) will provide a wealth of information and details on the surgery itself, but it can be a challange to fully understand the medical terminology used, how your body reacts to the surgery and what comprehensive rehabilitation plan will get your body healed as soon as possible.
Surgery in itself is not the end of the journey, it is merely
the beginning of a new chapter. Your rehabilitation efforts will have an important impact on how soon you can return to living and enjoying your normal daily life.
It truly takes a cohesive rehab plan after surgery - incorporating conservative therapy, rest and physical therapy/exercise - to ensure a complete recovery takes hold. There is no single answer and each individual experience in rehabilitation is different.
We here at AidMyTennisElbow.com provide suggestions and options for people to help get them through this life changing event. We assist many people in shaping an individual course of action to help them heal after surgery.
If you have undergone surgery and you would like to ask us questions on steps needed to ensure more complete healing, then call our office toll free: 1-866-237-9608
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The Next Step Is Up To You!
Living with pain is never easy as it affects your entire lifestyle. Living with pain during or after intensive surgery with a lengthy rehabilitation period can be even harder! Nothing is more important than making the proper decision when it comes to treating your elbow pain after surgery.
Rehabilitation at home, while attending regular physical therapy or doctor appointments, is vital for your overall recovery. Consistent exercise and conservative treatment on a daily basis during your rehabilitation, while working with your doctor, surgeon or physical therapist, is key!
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