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Botox Helps Tennis Elbow

Botox May Improve Your Tennis Game

Having tennis elbow is no walk in the park; in fact, it hurts like hell. But a surprising treatment is having positive results on relieving the pain: Botox. That's right, Botox. Widely seen as a cosmetic treatment, the wrinkle-smoothing elixir may help individuals who suffer from tennis elbow. It's not without its flaws though — participants who underwent treatment suffered from multiple side effects, according to the report published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

If you're unfamiliar with the pain associated with tennis elbow, it's no joke. The area of the upper arm around the elbow is inflamed, and tendon tears aren't uncommon either. Simple tasks like picking something up can be excruciating for individuals suffering from tennis elbow. Doctors in Iran performed the study on 48 participants who had tennis elbow, and found that those injected with Botox had a "significant" reduction in pain. Unfortunately along with the reduction in pain came a reduction in strength. Some participants even lost the ability to move their third and fourth fingers, albeit temporarily (up to four months). While doctors are not saying Botox is OK to treat the condittion yet, these initial findings do show some promise.

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