Botox has potential as a treatment for chronic tennis elbow, according to an article recently published in the Journal of the Canadian Medical Association.
Researchers in Tehran have been experimenting with Botulinum toxin as a treatment for lateral epicondylitis, a condition commonly known as tennis elbow.
A randomized placebo-controlled trial was conducted with 48 patients, who were injected with either Botox or saline, the placebo. Injection sites were customized for each patient’s anatomy.
When the injections were performed with anatomic measurements as a guide, they “significantly reduced pain at rest” in those who suffer from chronic tennis elbow. Physicians caution that because of side effects, the treatment may not be appropriate for patients who require finger extension.