How I Cured My Tennis Elbow Without Surgery
My parents still don’t leave any opportunity to remind me that the College Tennis Championship that I took part in in the fall of 2012 was one of the best tennis I have ever played, and in my dad’s words, “a flawless performance” up until the Finals. What happened in the finals is something that I can never forget. I lost!
Quite frankly, it was not the loss that I couldn’t bear but the way in which it happened. I was two sets up on my opponent and on course to winning the coveted title for which I had prepared for the entire year. Then in the third set, out of the blue, a niggling injury in my forearm made me drop the match in favor of my opponent. Later in the day, I was diagnosed with what doctors called Lateral Epicondylitis or what is commonly known as Tennis Elbow.
It helps to understand what the symptoms of Tennis Elbow are and the risk factors associated with this condition before you can treat it.
Coming back to me, I was too scared to go under the knife and explored natural ways to overcome the excruciating pain that even prevented me from performing as simple a task as lifting a kettle.
My Recovery Process
I read up a lot on Tennis Elbow and tried various alternate therapies. And they did help. Here’s how:
- I Tried Alternative Medicine — I knew there was no harm in trying products made out of 100% natural ingredients. There are oils and sprays available in the market that you can consider to manage the pain. “When you choose a natural product, you do not need to worry about interactions with medication or unhealthy reactions. This is a safe alternative to taking another pill and the results are speedy,” agrees Debra Murray, President of BlueSpring Wellness.
- Online Research Helped Me — There is no dearth of literature by experts on Tennis Elbow that you can read online. One such article that influenced me greatly and helped me in my path to recovery was an article in the March 2007 issue of the American Academy of Family Physicians on Tennis Elbow. After reading it, I tried and really did benefit from:
— Acupuncture — The first session of acupuncture itself was such a big relief that I chose to undergo the full 5 sessions in total, spread over a period of two months. I was fortunate to benefit from this ancient healing technique.
— Exercises — The AFAP article mentioned above did indicate the benefits of exercising. All I wanted to learn now were some specific exercises to alleviate this particular pain. Those physiotherapy sessions for a month or so turned out to be the perfect non-invasive and natural healing alternative that I was looking for in the first place.
The fact that Tennis Elbow is self-limiting makes it all the more important to learn how to manage the pain and avoid activities that trigger it in the first place. This was the main reason I was so reluctant to go for surgery because I was confident that I could manage the pain through natural means. Feel free to follow my steps to recovery or carve out your own.