tennis elbow

  1. Tennis elbow pain defeated

    Cure that stubborn elbow pain for good

    Tennis elbow is one of the most FRUSTRATING injuries you can have.

    It’s tough to spot, and often misdiagnosed…

    It’s tough to treat, and agonizing to endure…

    Heck, even the NAME is confusing!

    Because you can get tennis elbow even if you’ve never so much as watched a match.

    In a moment, I’ll reveal the key you need to SPOT the injury, REVERSE the damage and END the pain:

    • WITHOUT drugs
    • WITHOUT surgery

    Just real and permanent relief so you can get back to doing what you love.

    But first, I’ve got a new study that proves just about EVERYTHING your doctor will try WON’T WORK!

    Sometimes, doing NOTHING beats taking DRUGS

    The new analysis looked at 36 studies that tested nearly every major mainstream treatment including steroid shots, anti-inflammatory drugs and more.

    And it found that almost NONE of them work!

    Incredibly, patients given a placebo usually did the BEST over the long haul:

    • Over four weeks, very few treatments made a difference
    • Steroid shots worked a smidge better than a placebo … but over the long-term, they actually made things WORSE. After 26 weeks, folks treated with steroid shots reported MORE pain!
    • Over 26 weeks, nearly every placebo patient was CURED, with just 1 percent still in pain!

    That means doing NOTHING can be better than doing SOMETHING -- especially when that “something” is a steroid shot.

    But over the short-term, why deal with that pain when you don’t have to?

    2 steps you can take to END tennis elbow pain

    Step One: Recognize the injury, which is often misdiagnosed.

    Remember, you don’t need the play tennis to get tennis elbow; any repetitive motion can cause it. Other sports including golf, hobbies like knitting, housework, and even raking leaves or shoveling snow can all lead to “tennis” elbow.

    It’s not even limited to the elbow -- it can strike anywhere from the neck to your hand.

    Try this: Make a fist.

    If it hurts, or if it hurts to grip something – or even turn a doorknob – odds are, it’s tennis elbow.

    Step Two: A brand new study finds cold laser therapy is one of the few options that offers a small benefit, but at least it’s a real one, and it will last long-term.

    It’s certainly worth a shot, but I know of two other treatments not included in the study often work even BETTER: ozone therapy and platelet-rich plasma.

    Most mainstream docs don’t offer these therapies so speak to a holistic physician.

    If you’re in the San Diego area, I offer these (and other drug-free pain options) here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine.

    Not in the area? I’m also available for advice by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule a consultation.

    And don’t forget to connect with me on Facebook!

  2. Tennis elbow surgery is no quick fix

    End nagging elbow pain without drugs or surgery

    The problem with today's most common surgeries is that the guy who decides if you need it is usually the same guy who gets paid to do the operation.

    It's like asking a barber if you need a haircut!

    They have an incentive to push surgery, whether you need it or not.

    But today, I'm going to let you in on the dirty secret of one of the most common orthopedic surgeries of all -- because new research shows it just plain doesn't work.

    It's a procedure that's supposed to end the pain of one of the most poorly-named tendon injuries of all.

    It's called "tennis elbow," but most of the people who get it have never so much as picked up a racket.

    You can get it from other sports (including fishing and golf, from manual labor like painting or raking leaves, or even from hobbies such as knitting.

    You can even get it from typing!

    Once you have it, you don't care about its NAME. All that matters is the PAIN... because it HURTS.

    A lot.

    It's a notoriously slow-healing injury, which frustrates many patients -- and that's how they end up sitting in a surgeon's chair waiting for him to make that recommendation.

    "Yup," he'll say. "We should operate."

    But the new study shows surgery makes pretty much no difference at all for tennis elbow.

    In the study, 13 patients had the procedure and 13 others thought they had it. They went into the OR, where a doc cut the elbow open but didn't actually do the operation.

    Half a year later, both sets of patients had the same improvements in pain levels.

    It was the same story one year later... two years later... even FOUR YEARS later!

    So, you don't need surgery.

    But you DO need to stop the pain, which is no easy task. As I mentioned, tendon injuries in general are slow to heal, in part because the daily stress they're put through often undermines the entire healing process.

    That's especially true in a part of the body that gets as much work as the elbow.

    But there are two safe science-backed natural therapies that can help stimulate healing, speed the process, end the pain, and get you back to doing what you love faster.

    The first is platelet-rich plasma, in which a little of your own blood is pulled out and centrifuged to increase the concentration of platelets and growth factors.

    Then, it's injected back in, which stimulates healing.

    The second is ozone therapy.

    The gas is injected into the damaged tissue, which also jump-starts your body's natural healing processes.

    Some of the world's top athletes swear by these treatments, saying they help to not only ease pain but also speed healing so they can get back in action quicker.

    But you don't need to be a millionaire sports hero to get access to these therapies.

    If you're in the San Diego area, I offer ozone therapy and other natural treatments for pain and healing more here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine.

    Not in the Southern California? I'm also available for advice by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule a consultation.

  3. Cortisone shots hurt symptoms of tennis elbow

    The most common treatment for tennis elbow doesn't work. Steroid shots actually make relapse more likely.

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