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What is Tennis Elbow and Golfer’s Elbow?

Tennis Elbow is not just for tennis players

Tennis elbow not only occurs to tennis players but it also affects swimmers, baseball players, carpenters, plumbers, and anyone who repeats an arm motion over and over. It is usually painful on the outside of the elbow.  Tennis elbow can make it difficult to lift even your coffee cup in the morning.

What is tennis elbow?

Tennis elbow can be acute, caused by inflammation, or chronic caused by degenerated collagen. In acute tennis elbow, you will find the inflammation in the tendon and bony lump at the outer part of the elbow. This inflammation happens due to repetitive stress placed on the forearm muscles. The repetitive stress causes the tendons of the elbow to become irritated and exert a force on the joint of the elbow lending to inflammation.

Chronic tennis elbow is most seen in non-athletes between the ages of 35-55 years old. In most cases, it is a result of tendon degeneration, which causes normal tissue to be replaced by a disorganized arrangement of collagen. It can happen due to a single traumatic event or repetitive stress.

How to treat tennis elbow?

A recent study has shown chiropractic treatment to be effective for tennis elbow. Your chiropractor will assess your pain and first determine the cause of your tennis elbow. Once the chiropractor adjusts your elbow joint she/he will then begin to use cross fiber manipulation. A cold laser is also helpful after adjusting the joint to reduce inflammation and relieve pain.

It is important to teach the patient how to prevent the cause of tennis elbow and it definitely helps the condition from reoccurring. Teaching patients proper ergonomics, stretching exercises for the elbow and how to increase circulation are very important.

What is Golfer’s Elbow?

Golfer’s elbow is a condition that causes pain where the tendons of your forearm muscles attach to the bony bump on the inside of your elbow. The pain may radiate into your forearm and wrist.

The chiropractor will check to see if there is no abnormal strain or stress on the tendon itself at the joint. The chiropractor will check the joint mechanics of how the joint is functioning around the tendon.

You can not heal a tendon if there is abnormal stress on it with a joint problem or a joint dysfunction that surrounds that tendon. Therefore, we do a chiropractic adjustment to restore normal motion to the joint. After the adjustment. then follow up with stretching exercises and stretch the foreman. Return gradually to activity that involves the arm.