For the past year and a half, I had a severe case of golfer’s elbow. I experienced a sharp pain anytime the inner side of my elbow touched the arm of a chair, a desktop, or even the mattress while sleeping. I would wake up an average of 6 times per night, every night. I tried a respite from golf for a while and icing the elbow with no improvement. I then tried alternating with hot and cold packs, still no improvement. Next I went to an orthopedic surgeon who prescribed physical therapy (which actually made it worse). The surgeon then gave me two cortisone shots over a period of time and still no improvement. His final recommendation was surgery. I really wanted to avoid surgery and decided to try acupuncture and still no improvement. Then I met Dr. Bidkaram who suggested shock wave therapy. Dr. Bidkaram is very knowledgeable on shock wave therapy and was very clear on what I should expect. After some research, I found out that it is widely used in Europe, so I decided to give it a try. Dr. Bidkaram told me that it would take 7 treatments. It is amazing! After the 4th or 5th treatment, I was sleeping through the night and my elbow was significantly less sensitive to the touch. Although Dr. Bidkaram did tell me that the healing process would continue for up to 6 months after the final treatment, my elbow was 85% better right after the last treatment. A month later and my elbow is almost completely normal! No drugs and no surgery, I am so happy!