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.
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:
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!
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.
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:
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:
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.
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.