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Abbie Mercurio MA, AP, LAc, Dipl Ac ~ Ray Mercurio LAc, Dipl Ac

Tennis Elbow Pain (Lateral Epicondylitis)

Repetitive stress and trauma can cause tendinosis (painful irritation or degeneration of the collagen fibers), tendonitis (inflammation of the tendons) or bursitis (inflammation in the bursal sacs). This article will discuss Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis). Tennis Elbow is probably the result of tissue irritation or degeneration of the extensor carpi radialis brevis tendon at the elbow, which is its origin. Although it is commonly referred to as tennis elbow, this could be either work or sports related. Tennis Elbow is related to activities that require repeated wrist and/or elbow extension and repeated supination of the hand. The inflammation and irritation could be limited to the attachment point but may also involve the extensor muscles and radiate down the forearm. The pain is usually dull and intermittent. Since it is a repetitive stress injury, it usually appears gradually over time.

In many cases, Tennis Elbow can be successfully treated with Acupuncture. The treatment involves releasing the stagnation of the qi and blood. It is critical to assess where the pain is located in order to treat the entire extent of the injury and to isolate the Acupuncture Meridians involved. Generally, some combination of the Small Intestine, Large Intestine and San Jiao Acupuncture Meridians are implicated. There may also be some benefit in treating the Liver Channel since there is the tendon and muscle involvement. Also, consideration should be given to the Du Channel since the nerve roots may be compromised in the cervical spine region. Use of both local and distal points will help alleviate or eliminate the pain and discomfort.

By Ray Mercurio, L.Ac. and Abbie Mercurio, M.Ac., L.Ac.

Ray Mercurio, L.Ac. and Abbie Mercurio, M. Ac., L.Ac. are licensed Board Certified Acupuncturist (NCCAOM) in the state of North Carolina. Their clinic – The Natural Response Acupuncture and Wellness Center – is located at 1112 Harding Place, Charlotte, NC. Their scope of practice includes Classical Five Element, Classical and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Acupuncture, CranioSacral Therapy, Neuromuscular Therapy, Therapeutic Imaging and Dialogue, Manual Lymph Drainage and Pain Management. If you are suffering with elbow pain, have any questions or would like to book a consultation or treatment please call 704-370-2447.

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