PEMF & Epicondylitis

PEMF & Epicondylitis

PEMF therapy in the treatment of epicondylitis

 

PEMF therapy can be of great help in the overall therapeutic strategy of epicondylitis and is therefore often recommended.

Epicondylitis is an inflammatory process of the tendon originating from the extensor muscles of the hand. It is also known as “tennis elbow“, since almost 50% of tennis players end up suffering from this injury during their sporting career. This condition is also quite common in other professions that require intense efforts made with the upper limbs.Many blue-collar workers suffer from it!

Epicondylitis results in pain, even when resting. Pain is exacerbated when performing a dorsal extension, particularly when movement is hindered.Pain is also present during palpation of the epicondyle on the inflamed tendon.

Physiotherapy treatment primarily requires rest. Rehabilitation is impossible if the level of effort that caused the injury is maintained. The doctor will most likely prescribe sedative and anti-inflammatory medication.

It is possible to restrict mobility with a bandage that limits the pronation of the forearm and the flex-extension of the hand. It is possible to use specific orthopaedic braces like the one in the photo:

PEMF therapy is able to relax the muscle, improving microcirculation, accelerating trophism and relieving pain.

PEMF therapy therefore produces a range of effects that, together with other remedies, accelerate the rehabilitation process.

PEMF therapy requires 45-60 days and applications of at least 2 hours a day, or even better 4 hours, also spread over several applications (for example 2 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the evening). The intensity can be adjusted within a range between 30 and 50 Gauss.