What’s all the talk about botulinum toxin for tennis elbow? Is it something you should know about?
Well, if you believe in the wisdom of understanding what’s happening in your body, this tennis elbow treatment is something to know about.
If you enjoy reading up on the possible treatments because you know doctors may not have time to look up new information on any new tennis elbow treatment, this article could help you immensely.
This way, you won’t ever be surprised when a doctor tells you that the next tennis elbow treatment for you is XYZ.
Knowing the options before you go in to the doctor is a smart way of taking ownership for your health and well-being, no matter which way you look at it.
Here are the basic facts about botulinum toxin for tennis elbow that you should know:
Botulinum Toxin Is Not Without Potential Side Effects
The use of Botulinum toxin in medical therapy is always questioned by alternative health practitioners. Who would want to take a known neurotoxin and inject it into the body, is what those in natural healing ask.
The neurotoxin could have other effects in the body. Whatever is injected in the body ends up in other parts of the body; it is transferred to other parts via the blood.
And what they are saying does have some merit. The botulinum toxin has caused some serious side effects in some people when the neurotoxin affected other parts of the body.
If you research the side effects of botulinum toxin, you’ll find a whole list. Yet these are rarely discussed by doctors who get the brainy idea to use it.
Instead, they’ll send you off on your own way to find the research yourself. Hopefully, this is before any damage has already occurred.
Possible Side Effects Of Botulinum Toxin, Even For Those With Tennis Elbow
Warning form the manufacturer: The botulinum toxin contained in this medication can spread to other body areas beyond where it was injected. This has caused serious life-threatening side effects…
List Of Common Side Effects Of Botulinum
- migraine headaches
- musculoskeletal stiffness
- muscle weakness
- muscle spasms
- high blood pressure
- cross-eyedness (when injected in face)
But You Do Have Less Pain
Finnish scientists reported that one of the definite responses of the body to botulinum toxin injections is pain relief. Clinical trials on using this neurotoxin that paralyzes the body’s muscles from working have been completed on numerous types of health issues.
Some of them include the following:
- grinding of the teeth at night, called bruxism
- lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
- bladder dysfunction
- shoulder pain
- migraine headaches that occur and reoccur
- neuopathic pain
- post-stroke recovery when there’s pain
How Botulinum Toxin Works In Tennis Elbow (And Other Diseases)
Botulinum works to decrease pain because it inhibits the release of pain mediators in the body such as substance P.
But again, natural healing practitioners report that other substances, such as cayenne in an ointment form, can do the same thing; why use a neurotoxin?
The alternative health practitioners keep reminding patients that botulinum is a neurotoxin, was a neurotoxin, and will always be a neurotoxin. You cannot contain the neurotoxic effects to one part of the body.
Botulinum Is Temporary At Best
And besides that, the use of botulinum is always temporary.
This was even stated in a research report in Lancet, November 2010, Vol. 20, No. 376 where BK Coombes et al in Australia found that botulinum was only effective for pain control in those with tennis elbow for the short term.
No Serious Side Effects Really?
In another study, this one from Iran, reported in CMAJ May 2010 issue, 48 patients were given either botulinum or a placebo. The toxin was injected into the area of the posterior interosseus nerve. The patients were then followed for 4 weeks, 8 weeks, and 16 weeks.
Sure, those given botulinum toxin had significant reductions in pain at all their follow-ups. Once you paralyze the nerve that is crying out in pain for you to notice it, you won’t get pain. No surprise there!
But the grip strength of those who received the botulinum toxin versus those who got the placebo was no different. Luckily, no serious side effects were felt.
Well, that’s what the researchers said.
I’d hardly call it no serious side effects when all but one of the patients who received the botulinum had weakness in their 3rd and 4th fingers that lasted over a month.
That means you can forget the playing ball with your kids, any sports that involve gripping something, and even writing with a pen.
Using botulinum toxin for tennis elbow will always be your choice and your doctor’s choice. But for many people, they’ll go the more conservative route and do their exercises for tennis elbow which have been proven to be helpful.
You can find them in Tennis Elbow Secrets Revealed, a downloadable ebook that reads quickly.
Resources: Duodecim. 2011;127(22):2425-30.