Acupuncture therapy & External humeral epicondylitis

Acupuncture therapy & External humeral epicondylitis
28 March 2020 Tony Jiang

External humeral epicondylitis, is a common disease of sports injuries, and the popular name of this illness is tennis elbow. The most important symptom of tennis elbow is pain around the external condyle of the humerus. The extensor tendon of the forearm will be in a state of contraction and tension when we grasp some stuffs, for example, tennis racket. Overusing this muscle contributes to degeneration, laceration of the starting point of this tendon.

In addition to playing tennis, excessive exercises also lead to this illness, such as swimming, climbing, playing the guitar, and doing high-intensity work. For another, the trauma of elbow joint can result in external humeral epicondylitis. Based on which have been mentioned above, the underlying pathogenesis of tennis elbow is “slight fracture and inflammation on the starting point of extensor carpi tendon”.

The principle treatment method of tennis elbow is braking of articulation cubiti. The patients in first stage should avoid taking stuffs palm down, twisting off the bottle caps, and frying foods. Moreover, taking aspirin and injecting steroid medicine can eliminate inflammation and assist tendon recovery. The majority of patients don’t need to accept surgery therapy except for those whose symptoms cannot be relieved for a long period.

Acupuncture therapy can be considered as an effective treatment of external humeral epicondylitis. The principle of selecting acupoint are “basing on pain spot” and “according to the acupuncture channel”. The major acupoint of treating tennis elbow are pression point and four points which located on 1 cm from the main pression point. Furthermore, the minor acupoints are Quchi, Sousanli, Waiguan and so on. The key acupuncture points can be inserted 1-1.5cm down at a 45° or 90° angle. The minor acupuncture points can be inserted 2-3 cm down at a 90° angle. The treatment duration of acupuncture services is 30 minutes per time, five times per week, and 10 times per course.

In addition to playing tennis, excessive exercises also lead to this illness, such as swimming, climbing, playing the guitar, and doing high-intensity work. For another, the trauma of elbow joint can result in external humeral epicondylitis. Based on which have been mentioned above, the underlying pathogenesis of tennis elbow is “slight fracture and inflammation on the starting point of extensor carpi tendon”.

The principle treatment method of tennis elbow is braking of articulation cubiti. The patients in first stage should avoid taking stuffs palm down, twisting off the bottle caps, and frying foods. Moreover, taking aspirin and injecting steroid medicine can eliminate inflammation and assist tendon recovery. The majority of patients don’t need to accept surgery therapy except for those whose symptoms cannot be relieved for a long period.

Acupuncture therapy can be considered as an effective treatment of external humeral epicondylitis. The principle of selecting acupoint are “basing on pain spot” and “according to the acupuncture channel”. The major acupoint of treating tennis elbow are pression point and four points which located on 1 cm from the main pression point. Furthermore, the minor acupoints are Quchi, Sousanli, Waiguan and so on. The key acupuncture points can be inserted 1-1.5cm down at a 45° or 90° angle. The minor acupuncture points can be inserted 2-3 cm down at a 90° angle. The treatment duration of acupuncture services is 30 minutes per time, five times per week, and 10 times per course.

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