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2/18/02

HealthWise at 5 From 2.18

  • Ossatron for Tennis Elbow

You don't have to play tennis to suffer the pain of tennis elbow or lateral epicondylitis as it's really called. Even a simple handshake can strike that terrible pain, or too much time on the computer. It happens when one of the tendons in your forearm becomes inflamed. Typical treatments include ice, stretching, wearing a brace, medicine, and in some cases, surgery. But now, researchers are testing a new non-invasive therapy. It's called the Ossatron. It's a series of high-frequency, ultrasonic shock waves that shoot into the elbow.

"This energy then gets absorbed through the tendon. It takes about 15 or 20 minutes to do the procedure. The shock waves over time tend to break up the tendons insertion," says Dr. Evan Collins, a hand surgeon at Baylor College of Medicine.

Since there is no incision, recovery is fast. Most patients are able to return to normal activities very soon after the procedure. The Ossatron elbow shock therapy is still under study at Baylor College of Medicine, among other places. But early results suggest that the treatment is an effective way to relieve the pain and frustration of tennis elbow. It's not available in Lubbock yet, but if it comes here, we'll let you know. The condition is called tennis elbow because the back-hand swing in tennis is a common activity that can cause the problem. For more information about the Ossatron, you can (click here).

  • Better Baby Formula

Breast is best when it comes to feeding your baby. But now, there's a new option for moms who choose formula. It's called Enfamil-Lipil, and it contains two nutrients naturally found in breast milk that seem to boost brain development and improve vision. A study funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development found that 18 month-olds who received the formula scored higher on mental development tests. The enhanced formula has been available in more than 60 countries, but it's brand new in the United States.

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