To my knowledge, I don’t know of the connection between the two. As you know lateral epicondylitis is as an overuse injury from repetitive flexion and extension at the wrist, hence, the tennis elbow.
The best way to recover from that is to A) stop the trauma by limiting the repetitive motion, B) talking anti-inflammatories and ice to reduce the inflammation and C) build strength and ROM at the wrist.
Anemia is a completely different topic over all, there are two types of anemia vitamin deficiency or iron (mineral) deficiency. There have been studies to suggest that competitive female athletes have also suffered from anemia (amongst other issues) due to overexercise. You can read more about the female athlete triad here:
But no, I don’t know anyone who has made the leap to suggest that the lack of iron absorption (which results in anemia) could help/hider recover patients from tennis elbow.
Hope this helps.
Denise Lee, MES
Is the cause of your anemia simple iron deficiency? Are you doing anything to correct the deficiency?
Moderate to severe anemia results in reduced oxygen capacity of the blood. Oxygen is required in the production of ATP, the molecule that all body systems use to get work done. Repairing injury requires energy. So if the body has limited energy production, the systems working to repair the injury will have less energy to get the work done.
I have never found any research on this specific topic, but logically, it would make sense that any injury would take longer to heal if a person was in an anemic state.
I’m with the others – I’ve never heard the two tied together but that certainly doesn’t mean that they’re not. Theoretically, I would venture to guess that being anemic is not helpful when it comes to injury recovery – or anything for that matter. I would address the anemia issue with my physician first & then deal with the elbow. Come to think of it, there’s no reason you couldn’t do both at the same time. Good luck J.