Tennis Elbow

  1. Day to Day Dangers [INFOGRAPHIC]

    According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, popular sporting activities for nearly all ages rack up an impressive number of treated injuries and hospitalizations throughout the year.

    We examine national injury estimates from a CPSC survey of more than 90 hospitals to find out which sports are the most dangerous.

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    KT Tape Day To Day Dangers

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  2. Young Bloods: The Truth about High School Sports [INFOGRAPHIC]

    High school athletes have always debated which sport is the toughest and most dangerous. The bigger issue, however is safety. As more and more athletes are getting into year-round sports, and competing at higher levels, there is growing concern for the safety of high school athletes and the long term effects that injuries have both on and off the field.

    The following graphic takes a look at which sports are the most dangerous, if boys or girls are getting hurt more, and how much time is being lost for recovery.

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  3. New KT Tape Applications for Bicep, Tennis Elbow, and Thumb Pain

    Here are three more new KT Tape video's requested by our customers on Twitter and Facebook. If you'd like to request a video please let us know.

    BICEP

    Here's a brand new video fro bicep strains. KT Tape can help relieve the pain in the bicep by relaxing a damaged muscle, increasing blood flow to reduce inflammation, or relieving pressure off of the area. However, pain at the bicep can range from a minor issue to a severe problem. If you are uncertain, see a medical professional.

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    TENNIS ELBOW

    This video is an update for our tennis elbow application. KT Tape helps to treat tennis elbow by increasing circulation to a relatively nonvascular area. KT Tape also decreases pressure and creates fascial manipulations to immediately reduce pain. To minimize healing time, one should also perform light progressive stretching of the forearm muscles, ice after activity, implement massage, and focus on core movements rather than overuse of the extremities. NSAIDs may also be taken to reduce pain and any inflammation that may be present. Once symptoms have subsided, implementation of a strength training program targeted at the shoulders, back, and core will help to reduce strain on the forearm. Technique improvement during sport or occupation will also greatly reduce the occurrence of tennis elbow.

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    THUMB

    Here's another new KT Tape video for thumb pain. KT Tape has been shown to provide support during motion of the thumb and wrist, and has markedly reduced pain in many subjects. KT Tape also increases circulation to reduce inflammation and speed the healing process.

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    We have many more new applications to come so check back tomorrow for more. For a full list of new applications see check here. Leave a comment and let us know what you think? Thx!

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  4. The Truth About Tennis Elbow

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    Dr. Kenneth Thomas BS, MS, DC, CCSP explains the causes, symptoms, and best treatment practices for Tennis Elbow, with a specific focus on how KT Tape works to alleviate pain and enhance the healing process.  

    What is Tennis Elbow?

    “Tennis Elbow” is the common name describing the painful condition Lateral Epicondylitis (LE), speculatively caused by overuse of the forearm resulting in elbow pain. To no surprise, playing tennis and other racquet sports can be a culprit for its development. However, a variety of other activities or sports can also be the cause of this painful condition. Painters, plumbers, carpenters or others frequently and repetitively employing the use of forearm extensor muscles with gripping objects are prone to developing tennis elbow.

    The condition is not entirely inflammatory in nature, but rather degenerative by way of micro-tearing between the common extensor tendon and periosteum of the lateral epicondyle of the humerus.

    Here we want to provide general procedures for properly detecting, diagnosing, and treating tennis elbow with conservative and natural therapies.  Additionally, our discussion leads to a discussion of possible means of preventing the condition from developing.

    Chances are most people complain of pain on the outside portion of their forearm near or at the elbow.  While there are many causes of forearm or elbow pain, LE will stand out and is relatively easy to distinguish from other conditions. With someone suffering from LE, the common extensor tendon of the forearm will present as either painful or dysfunctional, or both.

    The specific tendon involved with LE is that of the Extensor Carpi Radialis Brevis (ECRB), which acts to stabilize the wrist when the elbow is straight.  With its small origin, it transmits large forces through its tendon during repetitive grasping of objects. The repeated biomechanical motion of a tennis groundstroke is an example of the type of motion that could lead to the gradual wearing of the muscle at its origin. In some instances the sheer stress of all movements of the forearm gradually causes micro-tearing of the tendon, resulting in the buildup of scar tissue and thickening of the tendon.

    What Causes Tennis Elbow?

    superbowl-xlv-2011The etiology of the condition described in literature suggests it arises from repetitive overuse, strenuous activity requiring speed and/or repetitive eccentric contraction of forearm muscles, and the controlled lengthening of the wrist extensor muscle group. Without delving too deeply into the energetics of muscular activity, it is poignant to mention that the energy demands of contracting even small skeletal muscles containing thousands of muscle fibers are enormous.  In a continually contracting muscle, the fibers require specific nutrients and oxygen to sustain its continued use before it ultimately deteriorates.

    Perhaps because of a lack of a fueling nutrient supply, available literature discussing this injury identifies overuse as a common indicator. The form of overuse most aptly implied is through repetitive hand movements, especially the biomechanics necessitating excessive deviation of the wrist from its neutral position into extension, or even the high levels of physical strain to the wrist we described.

    What are Common Symptoms of Tennis Elbow?

    • The pain experienced with tennis elbow may have begun as the result of an abrupt injury to the elbow, but more commonly is described as developing over time, insidious in nature.
    • Pain about 1-2 cm down from the bony area at the outside of the elbow, more specifically at the lateral epicondyle of the humerus.
    • Weakness in the wrist with difficulty doing simple tasks such as turning (external torqueing) a doorknob, shaking hands with someone, or pouring a glass of water from a pitcher.

    How To Treat Tennis Elbow

    • In light of one surgeon’s review of non-therapeutic modalities being “unproven at best,” the efficacy of conservative treatment procedures have not distinctly been demonstrated, even through rigorous clinical trials. However, in several randomized controlled trials (RCT’s) improvements in the LE conditions were noted. Exercise and stretching as an intervention shows that eccentric contraction Pain on the outside of the elbow when trying to straighten the fingers against resistance.

    • Morning stiffness felt in the forearm and around the elbow.exercises are more effective than contract-relax stretching exercises for complete recovery of the condition. Yet stretching of the extensor muscle group also proves to assist with ameliorating the condition to some degree.

    How Does KT Tape Work For Tennis Elbow?

    superbowl-xlv-2011KT Taping techniques are advocated for chronic musculoskeletal conditions such as lateral epicondylitis. A growing body of empirical evidence as well as a substantial body of evidence based research demonstrates its efficacy. Perhaps because the KT Taping is effective in providing support to muscle function, as well as improving circulation and oxygen supply to the surrounding area where applied, it allows muscles and tendons to repair more quickly. A preliminary study demonstrated an initial ameliorative effect of a KT Taping technique for LE and suggests that it should be acknowledged as an adjunct in the management of this condition.

    Conservative therapies that were rated low on efficacy included Ultrasound, and Low Level Laser.

    Prevention

    As it relates to playing sports - experience, ability, technique and the use of appropriately sized equipment may all be factors to consider when preventing LE.

    Other preventative measures to consider include:

    • Remaining in overall good physical condition.
    • Reducing the time spent doing the activity that causes the condition to develop.
    • Increase muscular strength of the muscles surrounding the joint to provide stability to the elbow.
    • Strengthen the muscles of the forearm, the upper arm, the shoulder, and upper back.
    • Maintain proper biomechanics during activity.
    • Maintain proper joint positioning.
    • Maintain a healthy nutrient supply to the body through diet and supplementation to assist the body with its natural function and repair processes.

    As one might suspect, insufficient dietary nutrient intake can contribute to the deterioration of any of the body’s parts.  Thus, diet is a factor when considering the presentation of any ailment involving muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Nutritional supplementation shows enormous benefits with generally supporting the body in its natural functions. As it pertains to supporting tendons, supportive nutrient supply may benefit from some of the following:

    • Pea vine juice contains nutrients to assist in the proper formation of ligaments and tendons, assists with tissue repair, and promotes health circulation.
    • Manganese supports the health and maintenance of connective tissues, ligaments and tendons; it promotes bone growth, as well as the synthesis of cartilage and synovial fluid lubricating synovial joints.
    • Calcium is required for the body’s ability to form strong bones, and for proper muscular growth and contraction.
    • Carbamide, flavonoids, phosphorous, as well as B and C vitamins all synergistically aid in the body’s natural anti-inflammatory response.
    • B complex vitamins and amino acids assist the body through its natural repair process of connective tissue.
    • Enzyme CoQ-10 assists with oxygen delivery to muscles and tendons.

    For instructions on how to tape for Tennis Elbow, click here.  To find a KT Tape provider near you, visit our Clinic Locator

    To read Dr. Thomas's article in its entirely, including clinical sources, click here.

    Dr. Kenneth Thomas, B.S., M.S., D.C., C.C.S.P. and Vice President of Academics at Parker College of Chiropractic is a 1986 graduate of Parker College and holds a master’s degree in physical therapy.  While in private practice, Dr. Thomas promoted an integrated health care system of Chiropractors, Physical Therapists and specialists allowing for a complete holistic health care approach for the patient.  After twenty years of clinical practice, he is a respected expert in the chiropractic field and lectures extensively on the use of modalities and exercise in chiropractic practice, as well as treatment of sports injuries, current trends in health care and various aspects of a wellness lifestyle. He is a board member of FICS and a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician who has worked with many Olympic and professional athletes over the last 20 years. 

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  5. Para-athlete Inspires With Journey of Determination, Grit and KT Tape

    kirstieKirstie Honeywill-Syke is a top hand cyclist who is tough as nails, sweet as pie and has placed within the top three in every race she’s entered.  She suffers from NMO (Neuromyelitis Optica), an autoimmune disease that attacks the optic nerves and spinal cord.  Kirstie has chosen not let her illness stop her from becoming an amazing athlete in her field.  Read Kirstie’s inspirational story and how KT Tape is helping her in obtaining her goals.

    By Kirstie Honeywill-Skye: Back in May 2008 I decided that I wanted to do the Minnie 15k at Disney as I have always wanted to do a race but had never got around to doing it. I finished the race in my regular wheelchair and I found that I loved doing it so much that I wanted to do more. My doctors advised me that because of my illness I should race a hand crank (hand cycle) as a racing wheelchair would not be suitable. I am training with the goal that one day I will make it on the paralympic team; I know I have a long way to go, but I have the determination and drive to see it through.

    Last year I found someone to sponsor me a crank chair which I received late February and a few weeks later I was racing in the Princess half marathon where I was the first person to finish. A little after that race, in training, I had a bad crash. It took until the beginning of the fall to get the sponsorship and parts necessary (Thanks to HED, Phil Wood & Co, Spiral & Freedom Ryder) to get back racing again. Luckily the chair was ready just before my next race at the Columbus marathon where I placed 2nd in my division. Since then I have raced in the Marine Corps Marathon(3rd place), New York Marathon(3rd place), Space Coast Marathon(2nd place), West Palm Beach Marathon(2nd place), Disney’s Goofy Challenge(1st place, half and full marathon), ING Miami Marathon(1st place), Tallahassee Marathon(1st place) and Boston Marathon where I came in 1st place even though I fractured my arm around mile 9 of 26, my gears where not working, my chain was coming off and one of my handle bars fell off.

    I train every day, either on the roads, trails or indoor trainer. When cycling, at the moment we do a minimum of 20 miles a day and three times a week 60 miles in one session with the goal of constantly increasing mileage to a minimum of 400 miles a week. In the summer we train in temperatures of 90++ its hard, but my attitude is that if I can go a race pace in these temperatures I can go even faster in competition when its cooler! Previously cranking 60 miles would leave my arms, shoulders and neck very sore and it would take me a long time to recover from it, but now with KT Tape I can do several of those training sessions a week. Without KT Tape I would not be able to continue racing and training.

    I compete in road races, from 5k to marathons and more, my fastest marathon time to date was at the ING Miami Marathon where I finished first in my division in 1:59:01. The next step for me is to enter into Hand cycling Federation events so that I can be considered for the Paralympics. The qualifying time is 1 km in 2:30 and I can easily do 1m in that time which I have done in a marathon and that gives me a 1 km time of 1:30.

    I am determined, focused and hungry for competition, when I race, even though I am in the women’s class I mentally race against the men, as they are generally faster, so they are the ones I want to beat! I know I can become a top competitor and with the help of KT Tape I can reach the wins that I aspire too.

    Kirstie, you are truly an inspiration.  We wish you the best of luck in your future races and we are proud that you have KT Tape right there with you.

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  6. KT Tape at the US Open

    MardyFish2The US Open is in full swing and KT Tape is excited to have Clay Sniteman courtside for the entire tournament.  Clay is a top physical therapist and athletic trainer with the ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) and recently signed on to the KT Tape medical advisory board.  Clay has been using KT Tape on top athletes like tennis pro Mardy Fish who uses it to aid and support his knee after a recent surgery.  Keep your eyes open for KT Tape on the court and let us know when you see a KT Tape sighting!

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  7. KT Tape on the Tennis Channel

    clayusopenKT Tape is excited to announce that the newest member of the KT Tape Medical Advisory Board, Clay Sniteman, will be featured on the Tennis Channel program Hit to Fit this coming Monday, August 16th.

    Sniteman is the lead physical therapist and athletic trainer for the Association Tennis Professionals (ATP).  He owns Sundance Performance Therapy in Ogden, UT.  He is a frequent global speaker and author about human bio-mechanics and advises treatment plans while customizing individualized training and workout programs for numerous elite athletes.  He currently serves as an adjunct faculty member at Weber State University.

    As a member of KT Tape’s Medical Advisory Board, Sniteman and other qualified health professionals advise KT Tape on how to provide the best rehabilitation and pain management to consumers. As an active player in the newly-launched KT Tape EDU program, Sniteman will participate in on-site and online clinics and be a key resource for taping techniques and information.

    KT Tape is used in numerous ways on the tennis court so it’s only natural that KT Tape has added Sniteman to the Medical Advisory Board.  Be sure to check your television listings for catch Clay on the Tennis Channel on Monday.

    For air times go to the Tennis Channel’s website.

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  8. KT Tape Spotted at the Sony Ericcson Open

    60038572Tennis fans are getting an eyeful of KT Tape these days -- first at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells a few weeks ago, and now at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami this week. At both tournaments, top players have been seen sporting Kinesiology Therapeutic Tape during their matches. Some of the most common injuries being taped include knees, back, elbows and wrists -- all places that tennis players have over-use injuries. KT Tape also allows players with these problems to quickly get get back on the court doing what they love.

    And pros aren't the only ones who've been sporting KT Tape. Tennis players and athletes at all levels have jumped on the drug-free pain management wagon -- check out the KT Tape facebook page to read their stories.

    The Sony Ericsson Open, held at the Tennis Center at Crandon Park in Miami,FL, continued through April 4. If you'd like to spot some KT Tape in action, you can keep up-to-date with the most recent scores at Tennis.com. And don't forget to let us know who you saw wearing KT Tape.




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  9. KT Tape at BNP Paribas Open

    IMG_6859_1We had a great time at the BNP Paribas Open this past week in Indian Wells, California. We treated thousands of people with strained shoulders, back pain, tennis elbow, wrist pain, and knee pain.  We are very pleased at the results and we'd like to thank all of those that returned to see us days later to report on their relief and improved conditions.  Many reported that they were able to play again without the pain that had sidelined them for so long.

    We are thrilled to see more and more recreational tennis players turning to KT Tape to treat aches and pains and to help prevent injuries. A tennis player recently sent us the following feedback:

    "Wow. Really. A runner friend of mine gave me a sample pack that she got from a marathon. I watched the video and put the KT Tape on my arm (I have had tennis elbow since June, treating it with physical therapy three times a week), and voila, no more tennis elbow. The product is magic. A miracle. Amazing. I called the nearest store and bought five rolls of it (that is all they had) and have handed them out to my friends with injuries at the tennis club. You guys are really amazing, thank you so much. I will be your best salesperson!"

    If you'd like more information on how to treat common tennis pains and injuries such as tennis elbow see our step by step instructions.



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  10. If You Have Tennis Elbow...Try This!

    Tennis Elbow?  Try Strengthening Your Shoulders

    The term "tennis elbow" refers to a painful condition where the outside of the elbow becomes sore and tender, usually due to tiny tears in the forearm tendon.  Despite its name, tennis elbow affects many people who have never picked up a racket in their lives.  Whether your pain comes from tennis or not, treatment and prevention advice is basically the same.  According to Bob Donatelli, a rehab and performance expert who treated tennis pro Andy Roddick for eight years, tennis elbow often occurs when athletes begin compensating for untreated shoulder pain, leading to poor bio-mechanics and eventually, damage to the tendon.

    "As my good friend Jeff Cooper, who was the head trainer for the Phillies for a long time said, 'When you have elbow pain, you missed it six months ago.'  So an overhead-throwing athlete with elbow pain, you need to look at the shoulder -- very important to get the muscles strong and good flexibility around the shoulder."-- Bob Donatelli, Ph.D P.T.

    This video from the TennisMD website gives a great explanation of tennis elbow and the various symptoms and causes behind it.  In addition to shoulder conditioning, try this yoga pose to stretch and strengthen the muscles and tendons associated with tennis elbow. KT Tape also is a great solution to this debilitating injury by allowing you to not lose movement, aid the healing process and eliminate the pain.  And if you haven't already checked out the instructional video on how to use KT Tape to treat tennis elbow, you can find a full instructional here.

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