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Treatments I Have Tried

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This text was written as a reply to a post to the RSI-UK mailing list, seeking information about tennis elbow.

I was diagnosed with tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) almost 10 years ago. Mine has been described by various doctors/physiotherapists as "very chronic", "early (God knows how he managed to reach this conclusion considering I started having the symptoms 20 years ago!)", "mild" and "non-typical" — I am not actually sure if this diagnosis is correct, but all the medical practitioners I have seen seem to agree that I have tennis elbow (despite an apparent lack of pain in resisted wrist extension tests, which are used to diagnose the condition) but are puzzled as to why it does not respond well to any treatments.

If your condition developed only recently and is not chronic, you've got a much better chance of full recovery. My husband also had an acute case of tennis elbow from working on a badly positioned till, but he is now pain-free after leaving the job 4 years ago.

Anyway, here is a short list of information available on the Internet:

Treatments I have tried:

From GPs:

From NHS physiotherapists:

From NHS orthopaedic consultants:

Things I do to get relief:

Changes made at work:

Things I'm thinking about trying:

And Finally...

Please note that the above list is based on my experience only. Everybody is different and every body is different, so your mileage may vary. Simptoms may also change, so something that once worked may not work forever.

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