Elbow Pain

There are two kinds of elbow pain frequently seen in the clinic besides that of arthritis:

  1. Inflammation of the lateral epicondyle of the humerus ("tennis elbow"): Chief symptoms are pain and tenderness around the lateral epicondyle of the humerus and the humeroradial joint, intensified when arm is rotated in extension.

  2. Acute lesion of soft tissue of the elbow: There is a history of acute trauma with local swelling, congestion or bleeding. As the location of the lesion varies, tenderness or functional impairment may also vary. Clinically, attention must be paid to determine if any fracture or dislocation is present. (In soft tissue lesions, there is no abnormal movement, bony crepitation or fixed elastic sensation, and the deltoid configuration of the elbow is normal.)

Points:

Ashi (tender) points

Prescription:

5 - 10 cc. of I% procaine into the ashi points, once weekly.

Notes:

During the period of treatments, encourage the patient to allow the affected limbs to rest. Additionally, if adhesion in the affected area occurs, massage or surgical treatment should be given.

Source: The Treament of 100 Common Diseases by New Acupuncture, Medicine and Health Publishing Company

        

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