Tennis Elbow Can Be Treated Best With Cheap Rubber Bar, Research Says

August 28, 2009

New York (ChattahBox) – Scientists have come up with a new, more affordable, and much more effective way to treating tennis elbow. That method is, apparently, recycling.

The researchers at the Nicholas Institute of Sports Medicine and Athletic Trauma in New York City were looking for a way to treat tennis elbow that would be less expensive for patients and hospitals alike.

In the past, tennis elbow was a chronic condition treated with medication, and a great deal of physical therapy. For many without insurance it was impossible to receive that treatment.

But researchers say that the use of a cheap rubber bar, which was used in many other forms of physical therapy, is apparently enough.

A two month study was done on the bar, and that was all that was needed. Within those two months, two groups were selected. One group was given the old treatment, the other was given the rubber bar.

By the time the experiment was terminated the control group had seen no results, but the rubber bar group had experienced an amazing 81% improvement. The cures spoke for themselves.

“We were seeing improvements in five weeks, even three. It was crazy,” Timothy Tyler, one of the researchers, said.

The process works by going through a number of exercises using the rubber bar. The movements seem to remodel the tendon, eliminating pain and seemingly curing the condition.

“There‚Äôs a growing body of research showing that eccentric exercises are quite effective in treating Achilles tendonosis,” Tyler said.

The rubber bar for eccentric exercises (called the Thera-Band Flexbar) can be bought online for less than $20, in most cases, and the workouts can be done at home. You can find many on YouTube.

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