Botox for Tennis Elbow
If you have been searching for the best treatment for tennis elbow, a Botox injection may be the answer. This exciting new treatment has helped many people quickly relieve their tennis elbow pain by relaxing irritated and inflamed tendons at the source. A Botox injection for tennis elbow may be the best therapy for your tennis elbow — for men and women alike.
What is Tennis Elbow?
Tennis elbow is a condition in which the tendons in the elbow are overloaded by repetitive motions of the arm and wrist. Though it most often affects tennis players due to repetitive impact of the racket against a tennis ball, this condition can occur in anyone who performs repetitive movements — not just athletes. Tennis elbow can lead to pain and weakness that makes it difficult to grip, hold, shake, or turn an object.
What are Treatment Options for Tennis Elbow?
If you have tennis elbow, you already know how badly it can impede your everyday activities. It can make it near-impossible to perform athletic activities with your affected arm, and can even turn basic daily chores into a source of pain and discomfort.
There are a few ways that you can treat tennis elbow currently. Below are a few of the more common treatments:
- Icing the elbow to reduce pain and swelling
- Utilizing an elbow strap to protect injured extensor tendon from further strain
- Taking anti-inflammatory pain medications like ibuprofen or aspirin to help reduce pain and swelling
- Applying Topical modalities recommended such as: Tiger Balm, Salonpas, Bengay, Diclofenac, Voltaren.
- Though these treatment options can be effective in the short term, they simply put a bandaid on the condition – each of these treatments must be repeated on a daily basis in order to maintain a manageable pain level. If you’re seeking a more long-term solution for tennis elbow pain, you may want to consider injections with a neuromodulator like Botox.
What is Botox for Tennis Elbow?
Botox is an injectable botulinum toxin (or neuromodulator) that has been used safely for decades. It is most popularly associated with treating facial wrinkles and fine lines.
Botox works by blocking signals from the nerves to the muscles, thus keeping the injected muscle from contracting. Cosmetically, this causes the skin above the muscle to lay more flat, hence reducing wrinkles. However, Botox is not just limited to cosmetic treatments. When it is injected into injured or irritated muscles, it can allow the muscle to relax, rest and heal. The decreased repetitive movement in the muscle can allow the existing inflammation to subside while the surrounding muscles can get stronger and relieve the pressure on the affected muscle long term. Such example is the extensor muscle of the elbow that is the main cause of lateral epicondilitis (tennis elbow). Botox temporarily paralyses this muscle, allowing other extensor muscles of the elbow to work and get stronger. Physical therapy works exceptionally well after a Botox treatment of this muscle since strengthening the other extensor muscles can be better localized.
In one double-blind randomized trial, over half of the patients injected with a botulinum toxin experienced an over 50% reduction in their pain intensity while some felt completely cured. These results were notably better than those treated by placebo injections.
How Many Units of Botox Needed to Treat Tennis Elbow?
In one 60-patient randomized study, one group of patients were injected with 60 units of Dysport (equal to about 25 units of Botox) and one group of patients were injected with the equivalent volume of normal saline.
Patients injected with Dysport reported significantly less pain than they did at the start of the study. In another independent study, patients were injected with 50 units of botulinum toxin type A, (the main ingredient in neuromodulators) and reported similar effects of pain relief. However, some patients may require more units of neuromodulators while others may require less.
What Are the Side Effects of Botox for Tennis Elbow?
While Botox injections for tennis elbow are generally a safe procedure, it is not uncommon to experience some side effects. These include, but are not limited to:
- Mild bruising
- Temporary weakness in extension of the middle finger
Fortunately, such side effects are temporary. To minimize the risk of complications, patients should avoid rubbing or massaging the injection site after treatment. Doing so will prevent the toxin from spreading to the surrounding muscles. Patients should not use Botox for tennis elbow if they have an infection at the injection site or any known hypersensitivities to any ingredients in the injection. There also has not been any studies of using Botox on pregnant or breastfeeding women.
What Is the Cost of Botox for Tennis Elbow?
Botox is valued on a per-unit basis, with each unit costing around $10 to $15. Thus, patients who receive ~25 units of Botox can expect to pay $250 to $375 in total for their procedure.
Botox treatments are not typically covered by insurance unless they are medically approved procedures by the insurance company. We offer financing programs like Care Credit and PatientFi that can provide credit to help cover the cost of this procedure.
Contact Us Today
At Cosmetic Injectables Center, we are proudly led by Dr. Sherly Soleiman MD. Her extensive experience in cosmetic injectables is evidenced by her status as one of the faculty members at Allergan, the parent company of Botox Cosmetic.
When she is not practicing at our office, Dr.Soleiman MD teaches other injectors the best and most up-to-date practices and regularly lectures at symposiums. Under her guidance, our team of expert injectors has been trained to the highest standards. If you’re interested in learning more about treating Tennis elbow with Botox, you’ve come to the right place. Contact us today via phone or email to schedule a consultation!
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Botox for Tennis Elbow FAQ
What is the best medication for tennis elbow?
In terms of medication for tennis elbow we recommend non-inflammatory medications: NSAIDs “NonSteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug.” Such as: Naprosyn, Ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin. Injectable Medication include: PRP, Botox. Natural Herbs: Turmeric.
Is it OK to massage tennis elbow?
Massaging tennis elbow isn’t recommended due to possible irritation to the muscle and ligament which may cause more inflammation resulting in pain. Gentle stretching of the muscle and ligament may go hand-in-hand with physical therapy along with botox can possibly help relax the muscle that may be impacted. If botox is injected in the said muscle it may help relax the muscle that’s impacted.
Does cortisone work for tennis elbow?
Cortisone is a great option for tennis elbow. It acts to reduce inflammation around the area. It’s limited to once every 6 weeks because it can attenuate the strength of ligament and increase risk of rupture if done too frequently.
When should I worry about tennis elbow?
If tennis elbow is becoming a nuisance to your daily life activities you should consider being proactive to stop the injury before it worsens.
How can I get rid of tennis elbow fast?
To get rid of tennis elbow quickly, a good option would be botox. It relaxes the muscle and allows the muscle to heal. Anti-inflammatory medicine will also be helpful to reduce pain. All other modalities that decrease pain are also helpful such as: ice and rest.
What happens if tennis elbow is left untreated?
If tennis elbow is left untreated it may result in continuous pain and cause more debilitation.
Why is tennis elbow worse in the morning?
Tennis elbow is often worse in the morning depending on how you sleep on it. If the muscle is placed in an uncomfortable position it can increase pain.
Do push ups help tennis elbow?
Try to avoid any strenuous activity such as: push-ups. The more you strain it, the more damage it will cause. Botox is highly recommended prior to physical activity so that the proper muscle can be strengthened and the one that is irritated can be relaxed.
Is Tiger Balm good for tennis elbow?
Tiger Balm along with other Topical modalities such as Salonpas, Bengay, Diclofenac, and Voltaren are recommended.
How painful is a cortisone shot in the elbow?
Cortisone shots in the elbow are very tolerable. However, they’re given every 6 weeks, no more than 3 to 4 times a year and the reason it’s limited is because it can increase the risk of tendon rupture.
How many times can you have steroid injections for tennis elbow?
Every 6 weeks but no more than 3 to 4 times a year due to the increased risk of tendon rupture.
Which is worse: tennis elbow or golfer's elbow?
Both Tennis elbow and Golfer’s elbow are equivalently the same in regards to pain.
Where is the pressure point for tennis elbow?
Pressure point for tennis elbow is located in the large hollow that is situated at the outer end of the elbow crease.
What exercise can I do with tennis elbow?
Strenuous physical activity is limited. However, gentle strength training in the forearm is helpful. As long as the injured muscle has priorly been injected with botox resulting in relaxation of the muscle. In conclusion, botox relaxes the muscle that is injured which allows the other muscle to get stronger. When the injured muscle starts working properly it will then carry less weight because the other muscles have been strengthened.