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Tennis Elbow / Golfer’s Elbow

By weeblueghost | In Common Ailments | on March 26, 2012

tennis elbowWhat is Tennis Elbow and Golfer’s Elbow?

Tennis Elbow and Golfer’s Elbow are not necessarily sport specific.  The injury has been given this name because of the location of the pain.  Tennis Elbow is on the outside of the elbow and Golfer’s Elbow is on the inside.  It is caused by an overuse or a repetitive injury occurring in the common extensor or flexor tendons that originates from the lateral epicondyle in tennis elbow and medial epicondyle in golfer’s elbow.  One of the biggest factors is proper form when doing an activity, so making sure that you have the proper technique and form is very important when doing anything.  Basically what happens is that the muscles get overworked, resulting in poor oxygen supply within the tissues and the muscles, which cause fibrotic adhesions to develop within the soft tissue.

Why is Tennis and Golfer’s Elbow so painful?

With Tennis and Golfer’s Elbow, when you experience muscle and tendon pain, the tendon has literally been pulled away from the bone.  This injury starts with microscopic tears in the muscle tissue that then lead to a series of inflammatory responses including:

  • Tissue inflammation.
  • Scarring and formation of adhesions.
  • Shortening of the tendon.

Adhesions can occur as a result of acute injury, repetitive motion, and constant pressure or tension.  ART eliminates the pain and dysfunction associated with these adhesions.

If this problem is not treated correctly your elbow will continue to be re-injured.  Worse, your game will suffer!

golfers elbowWhat are the symptoms of Tennis and Golfer’s Elbow?

  • Point tenderness over the lateral/medial epicondyle – a prominent part of the bone on the outside/inside of the elbow.
  • Gripping and movements of the wrist hurt, especially wrist extension for tennis and wrist flexion for golfer’s elbow and lifting movements.
  • Activities that use the muscles that extend/flex the wrist (e.g. pouring a pitcher or gallon of milk, lifting with the palm down) are characteristically painful.
  • Morning stiffness.

The symptoms associated with tennis elbow are, but are not limited to: radiating pain from the outside of your elbow to your forearm and wrist, pain during extension of wrist, weakness of the forearm, a painful grip while shaking hands or torquing a knob, and not being able to hold relatively heavy items in the hand. The pain is similar to the pain of the condition known as golfer’s elbow but the latter occurs at the medial side of the elbow.

How can ART resolve Tennis and Golfer’s Elbow?

ART is a relatively new, and highly successful approach, for the treatment of injuries to muscles, tendons, fascia, nerves, and surrounding soft tissues. ART has proven to be very effective for the treatment of Golfers Elbow, with a success rate exceeding 90%. ART restores unimpeded motion and function to all soft tissues associated with Golfers Elbow.

ART provides a means to diagnose and treat the underlying causes of Cumulative Trauma Disorders. Typical symptoms include numbness, tingling, burning, and aching. The goal of ART is to:

  • Restore optimal texture and motion.
  • Restore the function of the soft tissue.
  • Release any entrapped nerves or blood vessels.

This is accomplished through the removal of adhesions in the soft tissues through the application of specific ART protocols.

The treatment is working the soft tissue and using the RICE formula, which is:

Rest

Ice

Compression

Elevation

Making sure you are icing and resting it is a very important thing. You can additionally take some anti-inflammatories and painkillers and use an elbow brace.

What would happen if it was left untreated?

Left untreated the symptoms will last much longer than with treatment. The longer the adhesions and scar tissue stay in the muscle the longer you may have symptoms as the cumulative injury cycle keeps progressing. You may also start to experience secondary factors like numbness or tingling in the hand, or weakness in the arm when you go to lift things and do your daily activities.

To start getting relief, pick up the phone and call Vernon Active Health now at…

250-545-2468

 


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250.545.2468

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