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Unlocking the Healing Potential of Shockwave Treatment for Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow is a common overuse injury of the tendons of the elbow (affecting 1 in 3 people) and can be debilitating for both athletes and individuals alike. 

Read more in-depth info on tennis elbow here.

Traditional Treatment of Tennis Elbow

Traditional treatment methods for tennis elbow often involve rest, physiotherapy, medication, injection therapy and in extreme cases even surgery. While these methods can be effective for many patients, traditionally they may not always provide substantial relief or address the root cause of the problem. This gap in treatment options and advancement in medical technology has led to the emergence of alternative therapies like shockwave therapy being developed in recent years.

The Benefits of Shockwave Therapy for Tennis Elbow 

Shockwave therapy offers several potential benefits for individuals suffering from tennis elbow. Firstly, it is a non-surgical and non-invasive treatment method, eliminating the need for complex procedures and lengthy recoveries. Additionally, the therapy targets the root cause of the problem rather than simply alleviating symptoms, which increases the chances of long-term recovery.

Furthermore, shockwave therapy has shown promising results in reducing pain, improving grip strength, and restoring range of motion. Several studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of shockwave therapy in promoting tendon healing, regenerating tissues, and reducing irritation associated with tennis elbow. 

According to a study published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine, Shockwave therapy has been found to be highly effective in relieving pain from tennis elbow. The research showed a significant improvement in pain during resisted wrist movements for patients who received shockwave therapy.

Another study from the Current Health Sciences Journal concluded that shockwave therapy is a non-invasive, safe, and convenient treatment option for tennis elbow with many patients experiencing pain relief after the first few treatment sessions. The study also reported Shockwave therapy also provided superior results compared to more traditional physical therapies in reducing pain and temporary work inability in patients with tennis elbow.

How We Apply Shockwave Treatment for Tennis Elbow

Here at The Injury Clinic Market Harborough we regularly use shockwave therapy in the treatment of clients suffering with tennis elbow symptoms. During your visit, we will discuss your pain history and examine the affected area of your arm to establish the cause of your symptoms and design a course of treatment to best suit you.

The actual shockwave treatment will then begin, gradually increasing the impulses. While discomfort is minimal, you may experience some mild discomfort during treatment that is often short lived.

We generally recommend up-to 6 treatment sessions, spaced at regular intervals to help achieve best results. Additionally we will provide you with a gradual exercise based loading program to accompany your treatment and support your longterm recovery. 

After completing your exercise and shockwave combined plan of care, you should notice a clear improvement and a reduction in the initial pain and function of the arm, safely returning to previously painful activities. 


By targeting the underlying causes of the condition and stimulating the body’s natural healing process, Shockwave therapy offers a promising alternative treatment for individuals experiencing the nagging dull aching effects of tennis elbow. As with any medical procedure, it is essential to consult a healthcare professional to determine the best course of treatment for each individual.

Want to know more about how you could unlock the healing potential of shockwave treatment to overcome tennis elbow or other longterm tendon issue? Get in touch today and we’d be happy to assist.

If you’ve found the information in this article interesting and are wondering what else we can help you with? Or know someone that we could help (they’re usually the ones moaning to you about their issue) Then please feel free to contact us here at the clinic.

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