Lotions, creams, sprays and medicated anti-inflammatory gels are often used to treat Tennis and Golfer’s Elbow symptoms – But can these topical remedies help you heal your injured tendons – Or are they just going to rub you the wrong way?
Can A Cream Or Lotion REALLY Help Your Injured Tendons HEAL?
Your Golfer’s or Tennis Elbow is screaming, you desperately need some relief, so you buy some cream, spray or gel and rub it in… Presto! Instant pain relief! Great idea, right?
Maybe, maybe not! At best, you may get some temporary relief from your symptoms from that topical remedy – Possibly with little or no side effects or other downsides…
But, although you could reasonably expect a cream or salve to help protect your skin as it heals from a cut or abrasion, you can’t realistically expect something you put on your skin…
To help HEAL your Tennis Elbow injury faster! – But WHY not?…
Because Tennis and Golfer’s Elbow are injuries that involve changes (varying possible degrees of damage) DEEP in your tendons, below your skin – and that damage needs to be healed and repaired by your body – biologically, from the inside!
And there ARE significant potential downsides, depending on which kind of topical treatment (lotion, cream or spray; medicated – prescription or “over the counter” or herbal/non-medicated) you decide to use. (Especially if you use it long term.)
For simplicity, I’m going group them into three “sub classes” (AND because there are big differences between them – Some are much worse than others!)
The Three Main Topical Remedy Types:
- Herbal Creams (Non-Medicated) – Non-drug-containing creams and lotions, like the well-known Penetrex Cream – Herbal, Non-Drug Creams
- Over The Counter “Liniment” Type Drugs – Basic, heating and cooling creams found in any drug store or supermarket without a prescription, like BenGay or IcyHot – Over The Counter
- And Steroid And Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Creams – Prescription medications, including topical steroids (usually by Iontophoresis) or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory creams – Anti-Inflammatory Medicated Creams
Let’s talk about the pros and cons of each of these three groups, because they are different “creatures” with different properties.
Topical Treatments For Tennis Elbow: Lotions, Potions And Creams, Oh My! was originally published on: https://tenniselbowclassroom.com (Read the full article there.)