From the Author
• Chapter 1
titled "This Is the Spot Where All the Trouble Is
" tells you where the problem is in your elbow. Sure you know your elbow hurts, but exactly what structure in your elbow is causing all the pain? Getting rid of tennis elbow once and for all starts with finding and treating the precise
source of the problem.
• Chapter 2
is "What Went Wrong at Your Elbow
". Now that you know exactly where the problem lies, how did it get to be a problem? This chapter will tell you. Turns out the problem has nothing to do with inflammation in your elbow, but everything to do with a failed healing response. Hard to believe? Not after you've read the results of a detailed literature search I did on all the studies that looked at the tissue samples of people with tennis elbow. The microscope tells it like it is...
• Chapter 3
is titled "What Your Prognosis Is
". Prognosis can be defined as a prediction of the probable course and outcome of a disease. Practically speaking, it's your chances of recovery. So if you have tennis elbow, what are your chances of getting back to normal? Is it best to get immediate treatment, or will Mother Nature heal all in time? After this chapter you'll know...
• Chapter 4
is titled "A Surefire Way to Help Your Elbow Finally Heal
". Now that you know exactly where the problem is and how it got to be that way, you can begin a targeted treatment plan. The first part is decreasing the stress on your elbow. Here you'll learn the correct way to use and apply a tennis elbow brace. They do work - but only if you put them on correctly - which I show you how to do with a series of pictures. The chapter ends by teaching you a strategy you can use that helps take stress off your elbow when you must do activities that could aggravate it.
• Chapter 5
is "Doing This Will Repair the Damage
". Where the last chapter showed you how to decrease stress off your elbow to create a healing enviroment, this chapter shows you specific exercises that have been shown to actually jump start the healing process in your elbow. Here you learn how to do an "eccentric" exercice that has been shown to encourage a new blood vessel supply in your elbow, promote the formation of healing tissue cells (such as fibroblasts) and healing materials (such as collagen), and actually makes newly formed tissue line up properly. You also learn how to properly stretch out the problem area in your elbow, and I've included 8-weeks' worth of exercise sheets so you'll know what to do, when to do it and how many times a day to do it. Remember, making progress with a few targeted exercises is the key to getting better - and this chapter will help you do just that!
• Chapter 6
is"Measure Your Progress
" and contains a handy scale you can use to measure improving elbow function. The book then ends with a reference section - the entire book is completely based on published research studies from peer-reviewed journals and randomized controlled trials - check them out if you wish.
• At a count of 74 pages, I wrote this book with the intention that the reader could finish it in just a few hours, and then be left with all the tools they need to get their elbow back to normal Additionally, I have also written it in a little larger print, so those with vision problems will have an easy time reading it. You can learn more about the author and his books at bodymending.com
About the Author
Jim Johnson, P.T.
is a physical therapist who has spent over twenty-one years treating both inpatients and outpatients with a wide range of pain and mobility problems. He has written many books based completely on published research and controlled trials including The Sixty-Second Motivator, Treat Your Own Rotator Cuff, The 5-Minute Plantar Fasciitis Solution, Treat Your Own Knee Arthritis, Treat Your Own Hand and Thumb Osteoarthritis, Treat Your Own Achilles Tendinitis
, and Treat Your Own Spinal Stenosis
. His books have been translated into other languages and thousands of copies have been sold worldwide.
Besides working full-time as a clinician in a large teaching hospital and writing books, Jim Johnson is a certified Clinical Instructor by the American Physical Therapy Association and enjoys teaching physical therapy students from all over the United States.