Tennis Elbow Creams
When you rub any type of cream onto your skin, what is the first thing you feel? Your skin feels more elastic and vibrant. So when you apply anti-inflammatory tennis elbow cream to your skin, what’s the first effect? You “feel” that something is happening due to capillary vasodilation on your skin’s surface. You can easily create this same effect if you apply some rubbing alcohol on your skin and then blow on your skin.
Do these tennis elbow creams really penetrate the 7 layers of skin and actual help repair your damaged extensor tendons? If you ask any dermatologist they will tell you that most creams sit on the top 2 layers of skin only to be washed off when you take a shower or sweat. It’s rare that any type of cream can actual make it down through 7 layers of skin to reach the tendons.
The majority of tennis elbow creams are only made for short term pain relief and are not meant to be used as a permanent solution for your tennis elbow injury. If you do find any short term relief, know that is is only a “band-aid” solution for your elbow pain and it will not fully cure your tennis elbow. You know this simply because after using any of these tennis elbow creams, you constantly have to apply them every 3-4 hours because the pain comes back. So in the long term, these tennis elbow creams are not really “treating” your tennis elbow, simply masking the pain.
The dangers in using these tennis elbow creams is that you rub this stuff on and go back to your normal activities that caused your tennis elbow injury in the first place because you think it has “healing properties”. This is a recipe for disaster! Now you are masking the pain with some anti-inflammatory tennis elbow cream and as you continue performing your repetitive task, you are actually creating more tears in your tendon which will cause more pain and prolong your recovery.
For those who are not fully aware of what exactly tennis elbow is, it’s a repetitive stress injury that causes pain and inflammation on the outside of the elbow. Small micro tears occur in the extensor tendon that attaches to the lateral epicondyle of your arm bone when you perform repetitive tasks over an extended period of time. Tennis elbow usually develops over a long period of time and rarely occurs suddenly.
Despite the name, you don’t have to play tennis to suffer from tennis elbow. In fact, over 95% of all yearly cases of tennis elbow are reported from non-tennis players. It can affect anyone at any age. There are specific professions and activities that are considered “high risk” for developing tennis elbow such as:
- baseball players
- meat packers
- factory workers
- racket sport players
- volleyball players
- construction workers
- computer programmers
So what’s your best treatment option for tennis elbow instead of wasting your time and money on useless tennis elbow creams? If you can’t prevent tennis elbow from happening then…
You don’t have to spend hours of your valuable time sitting in a doctor’s or physiotherapist’s office, forget about wearing bulky elbow braces and arm bands, never have to worry about getting painful cortisone injections, slam the door in the face of the knife wielding surgeon!
All it really takes to completely cure your tennis elbow without tennis elbow creams are 5 simple, easy-to-follow techniques that you can do from the comfort of your own living room, sitting in your comfy chair watching your television show – without any special exercise equipment or gadgets!