Chiropractic for Golf & Tennis Elbow
Tennis Elbow, AKA Lateral Epicondylitis, is an inflammation of the tendons on the outside of your forearm. Not surprisingly, tennis players get this condition often though it is not the only activity that can lead to it. Your forearm has many muscles that connect from the Lateral Epicondyle to the wrist for the purpose of extending the wrist. The Extensor Carpi Radials Brevis (ECRB) muscle and tendon are most commonly involved in Tennis Elbow. Though less common that Tennis Elbow, Golfers elbow is the same condition but on the inside of your arm.
Golfers Elbow, AKA Medial Epicondylitis, is an inflammation of the tendons on the inside of your forearm. Not surprisingly, Golfers get this condition often though it is not the only activity that can lead to it. Your forearm has many muscles that connect from the Medial Epicondyle to the wrist for the purpose of flexing the wrist.
Some of the symptoms of Tennis/Golfers Elbow may include:
– Pain of the Lateral/Medial side of the elbow
– Pain that is worse when squeezing objects
– Weak grip strength
– The symptoms often increase with increased activity
As stated above the most common cause of Tennis and Golfers Elbow is overuse and in people that are 30-50 years of age. When the muscles and tendons of the forearm are under stress for a prolonged duration micro tears begin to from where it attaches to the elbow. It is most common in athletes who participate in these sports but also in assembly-line workers, auto workers, cooks, carpenters and baseball players because of the repetitive nature of the activities.
Management of Tennis and Golfers Elbow will include Chiropractic Adjustments of the Elbow and cervical spine. The Doctors of Chiropractic will also give you some exercises aimed at strengthening the muscles of the forearm. Modalities such as Ultrasound and Cold Laser have been shown to be effective in managing this condition. You also may be advised to avoid the activities that are causing the pain.