Epicondylitis (tennis elbow) is a common cause of elbow pain, characterised by pain over the outer side of the elbow, which may radiate down the forearm. Despite the names Tennis and Golfer’s Elbow, epicondylitis does not just afflict tennis or golf professionals. In fact, this common elbow problem affects around 3% of the population and is most often associated with work related activities. Although racquet sports are more prone to the condition, they account for only 10% to 15% of all sufferers and epicondylitis is equally common in men and women, usually between the ages of 30 and 50.The Tenease device generates high-frequency vibration to pass pulses through the skin to the tendon. Pain is transmitted as impulses in the large sensory fibres of the body and by applying a certain frequency to the area of pain, it interacts with the pain impulse transmissions, causing disruption. The pulses are effectively ‘scrambling’ the sensory impulses to the extent that they cannot be interpreted as pain signals by the brain. This helps to alleviate the pain from the condition.
Tenease comes in two variations, single frequency and a pulsed device with 10 pre-programmed settings for amplitude, frequency and pulse. The settings in the pulsed device are pre-set and controlled by a micro-controller inside the device. Repeated pressing of the activation button cycles through the pulse modes.