What Causes Tennis/Golfers Elbow?
Tennis Elbow is not only related to playing tennis.
Any repetitive motion of the wrist, including tennis, golf, hedge clipping, excessive use of a hammer or screwdriver, painting, or any activity that requires excessive constant gripping or squeezing can cause tennis elbow.
Tennis Elbow Symptoms and Signs
Tenderness on the outer bony part of the elbow
Morning stiffness of the elbow with persistent aching
Soreness in the forearm
Pain worse when grasping or holding an object
How Can Your Chiropractor Help?
Chiropractic treatment is usually only needed for four to six weeks. Chiropractic manipulation can help restore the normal alignment and motion of the elbow joint. This is sometimes called closed reduction manipulation. This is where chiropractic manipulation has an advantage over other specialties. It is important to manipulate and stretch capsular joint restrictions during the treatment phase. Chiropractic care focuses on not just relieving the symptoms, but correcting the underlying problem. Before any treatment can begin, you will begin a standard chiropractic examination of the head, neck and upper back and entire upper extremity to check for any nervous system interference to the group of nerves called the brachial plexus. Research studies have shown that spinal manipulation/adjustments to the neck are effective in treating tennis elbow.
When symptoms are from tendonosis, you can expect healing to take longer, usually up to three months. If your tendonosis is severe, it may take at least six months for complete healing. If the problem is caused by acute inflammation, sometimes anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen may give you some relief, but it will not correct the problem.
Your Doctor will give you tips on how to rest your elbow and how to do your activities without putting extra strain on your elbow. We may apply tape to take some of the load off the elbow muscles and tendons. You may need to wear an elbow strap that wraps around the upper forearm in a way that relieves the pressure on the tendon attachment.
Ice and electrical stimulation to ease pain and improve healing of the tendon. Deep muscle work is sometimes performed to help breakdown scar tissue and adhesions which form in the muscles and tendons. Treatment sessions may also include iontophoresis, which uses a mild electrical current to “push” anti-inflammatory medicine to the sore area. Exercises are used to gradually stretch and strengthen the forearm muscles. Because tendonosis is often linked to overuse, your chiropractor will work with you to reduce repeated strains on your elbow. When symptoms come from a particular sport or work activity, we will observe your style and motion with the activity. You may be given tips about how to perform the movement so the elbow is protected. We can check your sports equipment and work tools and suggest how to alter them to keep your elbow safe.