Golfers elbow and tennis elbow are common injuries, which are technically called elbow tendonitis. Elbow tendonitis is generally an overuse injury. As you may know, in golf and tennis you perform the same actions repeatedly, so this overuse injury is not uncommon in these sports. However, anyone can get these injuries.
There is a slight difference between golfers and tennis elbow.
Golfers elbow is when the pain occurs on the inside of the elbow, when you are looking at your elbow with your palm facing up. Tennis elbow is when the pain is felt on the outside of the elbow.
The most common symptoms of golfers elbow are tenderness and swelling inside the elbow. This is the result of forces being put on the muscles of the forearm in a repetitive motion. This could happen from repeatedly swinging a golf club, hence the nickname, golfers elbow.
A sports chiropractor will be able to do a few different treatments to heal your golfers elbow. The first treatment they will apply is an electrical muscle stimulation to the elbow. This process is used to decrease pain and swelling, as well as increasing the body’s natural healing process. Next, he will perform the Graston Technique. This technique is performed with a specialized stainless steel tool. Your chiropractor will use this to break up adhesions, or “knots”, in the muscle. Finally, your chiropractor will provide an adjustment to decrease pain, optimize functionality, and promote proper movement.
Tennis elbow occurs from certain repetitive motions in the wrist, causing strain on the tendons attached to the elbow. Less than 5% of people diagnosed with tennis elbow actually got it from playing tennis. To help fix your tennis elbow, your chiropractor will follow the same routine that is performed for golfers elbow, but it will be done on the outside of your elbow instead.
In addition to treating these injuries in the office, your chiropractor may also instruct you to do a few simple things at home, such as resting, icing, and elevating the elbow.