Post-Treatment Instructions following OssaTron® Treatment

Chronic Lateral Epicondylitis

You may experience some pain or discomfort in the elbow that has been treated. You may also continue to have the same type of elbow pain as you have had before treatment for 1 to 2 weeks. However, the pain is manageable.

Do not treat the affected area with heat, ice or anti-inflammatories (Motrin, Advil, etc.) for four weeks.

Do not participate in any stressful activity involving the affected elbow until your next visit to your doctor, usually scheduled 4 weeks following the treatment. Stressful activity may include doing heavy housework or yard work or participating in sports. If you have questions about whether your routine job duties include stressful activity, please discuss this with your doctor. Following this 4-week period, you should be able to resume normal activities.

Based on findings during OssaTron® clinical trials, the maximum healing effect of the procedure cannot be evaluated prior to 8 weeks. The healing effect is also dependent upon individual patient response, and improvement may continue beyond the 8-week evaluation period.

Simple stretching exercises should be performed several times daily and before any exercise or sports activity.

Prayer stretch - Start with your palms together in front of your chest just below your chin. Slowly lower your hands toward your waistline, keeping your hands close to your stomach and your palms together until you feel a mild to moderate stretch under your forearms. Hold 20 seconds. Repeat 4 times.

Reverse prayer stretch - Start with the backs of your hands together in front of you at your waistline with your forearms parallel to the floor. Slowly bring your wrists up toward your face by bending your elbows until you feel a mild to moderate stretch in your forearms. Keep the backs of your hands together and your hands close to your body. Hold 20 seconds. Repeat 4 times.

Wrist Flexor stretch - Extend your arm in front of you with your palm up. Bend your wrist, pointing your hand toward the floor. With your other hand, gently bend your wrist further until you feel a mild to moderate stretch in your forearm. Hold for 20 seconds. Repeat 4 times.

Wrist extensor stretch - Repeat steps 1 to 4 of the stretch above but begin with your extended hand palm down.

Thumb stretch - hand hanging over the edge of the table. Lower your thumb toward the base of your little finger and close your hand into a fist. Slowly lower your hand so your little finger moves toward the floor (as if you're shaking hands). Hold for 20 seconds. Repeat 4 times.

Massage - Massage of the affected elbow several times daily may also be beneficial. The massage should be performed over the area of soreness. Apply firm pressure using 2 fingers on the area of pain and rub for 5 minutes.