FAQs on Pain Creams for Lateral Epicondylitis or Tennis Elbow
Tennis Elbow or Lateral Epicondylitis is the swelling of the tendons connecting the bone to the lower arm. It generally develops from repetitive motions and takes time to progress to the point needing medical treatment. The name stems from the fact that many individuals who play competitive tennis, develop this condition. However, it is not limited to athletes.
Tennis Elbow usually affects individuals at the age of 40, but can affect people regardless of age. The symptoms of Lateral Epicondylitis are most commonly tenderness, pain, and inflammation. Individuals who find it painful or difficult to lift or grip an object, turn a door knob, and/or shake hands, should consult a medical professional.
Why is it debilitating?
The initial pangs and irritations of Tennis Elbow are mostly annoying; however, if individuals do not seek medical attention for treatment of this condition, it can become extremely debilitating. They may find daily activities extremely painful, and in severe cases, impossible. Many treatments, if sought at the onset, do not require invasive surgery. Individuals who utilize simple exercise therapy and topical creams have found a great deal of success.
How do topical pain creams help Tennis Elbow?
There are helpful topical creams available to treat Lateral Epicondylitis which have advantages over that of more invasive measures. These are applied externally to the affected area and do not present as many of the side effects that internal prescription medications do. Surgery should always be a last resort option and in many cases, simple topical creams can relieve the symptoms of this condition.
What are the types of pain cream available for Epicondylitis?
One of the most common and useful topical treatments available to relieve Tennis Elbow contains NSAIDs. These are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and can be corrosive to the lining of the stomach when taken internally. The anti-inflammatory is still able to reach the blood stream and be very effective; however, there are not as many of the harsh side effects such as stomach irritation and nausea.
ü NSAIDs are anti-inflammatories which are also known to thin the blood. It is crucial that individuals using any NSAID, topically or internally, speak with their physician first. Especially if they are heart or hypertension patients. This type of medication should not be combined with certain prescriptions.
ü Capsaicin is added to ointments and creams to effectively treat the pain symptoms of Tennis Elbow. Capsaicin is a property found in chili peppers and in high concentrations can be extremely irritating to the skin. In low concentrations, it heats the skin and muscles relaxing them. It also stimulates the blood and circulatory system which is beneficial in healing any ailment of the body. Capsaicin use has been documented in medicine for over 100 years; however, it is believed its use has been employed for centuries.
ü There are numerous creams and ointments available which contain menthol, eucalyptus, and/or camphor. These are extremely useful for treating the pain of many types of injuries. These properties relax the muscle by producing a heat sensation while simultaneously cooling it.
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