Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) is a painful condition caused by overuse and muscle strain injury. The pain of tennis elbow occurs primarily where the tendons of your forearm muscles attach to the bony prominence on the outside of your elbow.

Treating Arm Pain With Laser Therapy

Treating Arm and Elbow Pain

Arm and Elbow Pain: The Basics

Minor arm and elbow pain results from injuries that are fairly common, and just about everyone will deal with sore, bruised, or achy arms at some point in their lives. Symptoms like arm and elbow pain often come about as a result of everyday wear and tear, or as a side effect of overuse or an injury of some kind. Arm and elbow pain from injuries are often caused by:

  • Sports, exercise, hobbies, and daily routines
  • Work-related tasks and duties performed day after day
  • Work or projects that are done around the home

Children and Arm and Elbow Pain

Children are at risk for arm injuries and consequent arm and elbow pain due to their natural behaviors of running, climbing, and playing. Young children are also prone to falls due to poor body control. Broken bones are the most serious injury for a child because if the growth plate area of the bone is affected it could impact future growth of the bone and result in stunted or unnatural growth of the bone.

Seniors and Arm and Elbow Pain

On the opposite side of the age spectrum, senior adults are also very prone to arm injuries and the resulting arm and elbow pain, again due to their risk of falling. Because of vision problem, mental decline, and mobility troubles, falls are very common and can also be very devastating as conditions like osteoporosis make bone more susceptible to breaking.

When to Seek Treatment for Arm and Elbow Pain

Most minor injuries will heal on their own, and home treatment is usually all that is needed to relieve symptoms like arm and elbow pain and promote healing, but if serious injury has occurred, it is imperative for anyone to see immediate medical care and attention!

There are many ways arm injuries can be handled, and one of the newest breakthroughs of today is the use of laser therapy to heal damaged tissue and to help bring relief from arm and elbow pain. Here at the Pain Relief Institute we offer this service with our MLS and HILT laser therapy treatments. Read on to learn more about what these therapies can do for you!

Conditions that Produce Arm and Elbow Pain

Tennis Elbow, or lateral epicondylitis.

Affecting the elbow and lower arm, this is a condition commonly seen in tennis players but is also common in people who do a lot of repetitive movements day in and day out. Most common symptoms include pain and weakness when shaking hands, turning a doorknob, or holding a cup. It is much like carpel tunnel but is in the arm, not the wrist area. 

Golfer’s Elbow, or medial epicondylitis

Again effecting the elbow and lower arm, this condition also involves the muscle and tendons of the arm. Pain from Golfer’s Elbow comes from repetitive wrist or finger clenching and twisting like what is use in gold swings. Numbness, weakness, arm and elbow pain, and shaking are common signs of this condition and can radiate into the hand in some cases.

Funny Bone Pain & Cubital Tunnel Pain

Pretty much everyone knows the pain associated with hitting the Funny Bone as is shoots down your forearm and into hand. This pain occurs because the ulnar nerve that runs along the outside of your elbow has been hit. The ulnar nerve may be pinched or irritated from repetitive motion, and this is called Cubital Tunnel and is like chronic funny bone pain.

Elbow Pain from Elbow Fracture, Tears and Sprains

Any situation that involves broken bones, torn muscles, or damaged tendons in the elbow area will result in some degree of pain. If after appropriate treatment there is still a great deal of pain, weakness, stillness or immobility you will likely benefit from MLS and HILT laser therapy treatments to improve healing and reduce arm and elbow pain.

Bursitis Elbow Pain

Naturally occurring pockets of fluid known as olecranon bursae occur in the major joints of the body and work like airbags or cushions. In the elbow joint, they help provide smooth movement of the joint, but when the elbow is inflamed, you can experience pain. Elbow bursitis, or olecranon bursitis, or Popeye elbow, causes swelling and inflammation in the joint.

Arthritis & Elbow Pain

Arthritis is one of the most common causes of joint pain, especially in the large joints and the ones that are used day in and day out. Compared with other forms of arthritis, elbow arthritis is rare, but it is still one of the leading causes for chronic elbow pain. Rheumatoid arthritis is much more common in elbow pain cases than typical osteoarthritis. 

What is Laser Therapy and How Does it Work?

Laser Therapy for Arm and Elbow Pain

What is Laser Therapy?

Laser therapy is a therapeutic treatment that takes light photons and directs them into damaged tissue to improve healing in that area and to help with he reduction of pain, including arm and elbow pain. The light energy penetrates the deeper layers of tissue and stimulates cellular activity and the growth of healthy new cells. It helps new cells generate to repair damage in muscles, soft tissues, tendons, and even bone. This rejuvenation and healing are what help reduces pain in the area and allow healing to take place faster than it normally would. Both our MLS and HILT laser therapy treatments are capable of yielding these kinds of results for our patients.

How Are Our Lasers Different From Other Laser Treatments?

MLS Therapy uses two wavelengths to overcome the limits of traditional Laser Therapy. HILT Therapy focuses the laser light in a new way to get even better results in targeted areas.

The laser treatments used up until recently were not as effective as they only generated a fraction of the healing potential within the cells, and the reduction of pain was a secondary effect and was limited by the amount of healing that took place. The MLS and HILT laser emissions, on the other hand, have an almost immediate effect on pain since they can focus concentrated light energy to specific areas and provide several times the healing potential that traditional laser therapy was capable of generating.

Here at the Pain Relief Institute, we offer both MLS and HILT laser therapy treatments to our patients to help them recover from arm and elbow pain and injury and also to help reduce pain as they heal.

What Are the Benefits?

The Benefits of MLS and HLT Laser Therapy

There are many benefits to be enjoyed from MLS and HILT laser therapy treatments, including but not limited to:

 No documented cases of severe side effects

 Painless and completely non-invasive procedure

 Drug-free during and after the treatments

 Rapid relief of many different types of pain in many different areas of the body

 Strong anti-inflammatory effect

 Faster healing potential than most traditional treatments that utilize basic lasers

 Rapid recovery of damaged bones, tendons, and ligaments

 Rapid resolution of inflamed and swollen areas

 Immediate boost of blood, oxygen, and nutrient circulation in treated areas

 Rapid repair for wounds, surgical sites, ulcers, and other deep tissue injuries


Contact The Pain Relief Institute Today

Our Center is proud to be on the cutting edge of medical innovation and technology by being the only medical facility in the Chicago area offering Class IV Robotic MLS and HILT Laser Therapy.  We have invested in the very best technology as a key component of our continuing quest to offer our patients the finest and safest in modern health care. Call us today here at the Pain Relief Institute for more information on MLS and HILT laser therapy treatments and what they can do to help you get rid of your arm and elbow pain once and for all! Call us now to get started with treatments aimed at relieving your arm and elbow pain for good.