CBD for Tennis Elbow
Lateral epicondylitis, commonly referred to as tennis elbow, is a condition that affects the elbow joint, causing inflammation to occur because of frequent, small, repetitive movements. This type of injury gets its common name from the frequency at which it affects tennis players, but it can affect anyone who overuses this joint. If left untreated, tennis elbow can become serious enough to require medical attention.
There are various pain medications used to treat tennis elbow, and in some cases, more severe interventions may be required. Many sufferers are finding that a daily application of CBD offers a unique form of relief in a natural and holistic way.
First, however, we will talk about why and how this type of injury occurs.
What is Tennis Elbow
Tennis elbow is the result of inflammation of the elbow joint, usually resulting in pain. The pain will become debilitating if left untreated and if no time is given for the healing process to take place. The pain is accompanied by inflammation of the exterior carpi radialis brevis (ECRB) muscle, which is adjacent to the elbow, on the forearm. When this muscle becomes damaged, the elbow joint must work harder to execute simple tasks like grabbing and lifting objects, which will exacerbate inflammation.
How Tennis Elbow Occurs
Overuse of the elbow, in the form of repetitive stress causes tennis elbow. Engaging in an activity that requires constant, repetitive use of the joint, such as athletic activities or work tasks, you are more likely to develop the condition.
Tennis elbow can be more likely to occur in those who already have an injury to the arm or elbow, as the area becomes more vulnerable to injury. Those who favor a specific arm when lifting heavy objects may also be more likely to develop this condition.
Symptoms of Tennis Elbow
The most obvious sign of tennis elbow is pain within the elbow itself, which can radiate throughout the forearm. Typically, the pain becomes more severe when the elbow is extended, and more severe cases may lead to a difficulty extending the elbow as the pain becomes intense. The pain may also become worse when squeezing or shaking, as this puts more pressure on the ECRB muscle which is damaged.
Diagnosing the Condition
If you have developed any of the symptoms of tennis elbow, it is important to get checked out by a medical professional as soon as you can. It is an injury that should be treated as soon as possible, as it can worsen and require more intensive measures as a result.
The first thing you will need to do is tell your doctor where the pain is, and if any circumstances make the pain worse. They may order imaging scans to make sure that the injury is not of a different kind of nature. The physician would also want to rule out underlying inflammatory conditions that affect the joints, such as arthritis.
Treating Tennis Elbow
Most often, tennis elbow is treated with anti-inflammatory drugs. Because the root cause of the condition is inflammation, these drugs may bring down swelling enough for full healing to take place. It is ideal to rest the elbow, avoiding using it as much as possible, and applying either ice, heat or both to calm swelling and pain, while increasing circulation to the area for a faster healing response within the body.
More severe cases may require physical therapy, which aims to strengthen the area so that it is less vulnerable to a repeated injury. Surgery may be necessary in more extreme cases, which can remove the dead tissue that is hindering the use of the elbow joint.
What Does CBD Have to Offer Tennis Elbow Sufferers?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a unique compound that binds to receptors in the endocannabinoid system, which is found in all tissue to regulate important functions, including inflammation, pain sensitivity and more. When we apply CBD directly to the skin, it targets the area of application for more concentrated and localized relief. It reaches the tissue of the muscles and joints within a short period of time, offering effectiveness for hours while acting cumulatively to become more efficient over time.
We know that cannabidiol may offer unique inflammation-fighting properties based on a host of clinical studies, and it may also offer analgesic properties by desensitizing the communication between nerves and pain receptors in the brain.
How to Use Cannabidiol for Tennis Elbow
If you wish to use CBD for tennis elbow, talk to your doctor and make sure it does not conflict with any medications that you are on. Then, follow the steps below:
Step #1: Opt for a CBD Topical
We recommend using a CBD topical formula, for the reasons described above. Topicals absorb into the area quickly, directly targeting the inflammation. They can be found in the form of balms, lotions, gels, creams and more.
Tip #2: Make Sure the Strength is Effective
Hemp topicals come in many milligram strengths, so choose one that reflects how severe your condition is. Higher strengths offer more potency per application.
Tip #3: Use CBD Daily
Daily application is best because of how cannabinoids accumulate over time. We recommend that for this type of injury, you apply CBD to the area at least twice a day. You can increase it if needed. Typically, topicals offer about 6 hours of effectiveness after application, taking about 30 minutes to “kick in.”
Tip #4: Consider a Multi-Faceted Formula
Consider using a CBD topical that is enhanced with other natural pain relievers, such as menthol or arnica, which can both effectively bring down inflammation and help the healing process accelerate.
Potentially Treat Tennis Elbow in a Holistic Way
Tennis elbow can cause severe pain that disrupts your ability to use your arm to fulfill daily tasks. Good news, however, is that it is a treatable condition. Also, cannabidiol may offer a unique form of relief that can be used alongside other methods prescribed by your doctor. Applying a hemp topical to the elbow area just twice a day may help you manage the symptoms more effectively.