Most helpful critical review
33 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Do not start too early in treatment.
on May 11, 2011
After playing tennis for over ten years, I developed Tendinosis in my elbow after playing on old strings while not warming up enough in cold weather. Plus, as a homemaker I was carrying a very heavy sweeper up the stairs, doing lots of laundry, gardening, playing tennis too frequently ect.... Needless to say my elbow gets much use. And, I am at the ripe age for what all the medical sites say for developing TE- 45. Now for the review. I bought the Thera-band flexbar because I was at my wits end. I bought the red one. The Thera-band flexbar did not help because I started it too early in my treatment while my elbow was still too sensitive/pain for the strengthening part of treatment. I can see how this could be more helpful as a strengthening, flexibility exercise once the elbow tendons are more healed. But, in my opinion it is NOT for the first or second phase or treatment, but could be more for the third. 1. rest 2. stretching 3. strengthening. Please note on one website, I read it takes 100 days for the elbow to have started to rebuild the collagen. And if you have tennis elbow, most reliable medical sites say it will take 6 months to 2 years to heal. If I could sell patience for people who have Tennis Elbow (tendinosis) - I would- and then I would be rich.
Update May 2012: it took a year for my tennis elbow to heal, but I am back to full use of my elbow. The cure: I took a year off of tennis, and when I went back I restrung at a lower tension with 17 string that was much softer. Although it took a full year to heal, I feel that was the best course. I really have empathy for people who have physical jobs and have tennis elbow.