Tennis and Golfer’s Elbow

What is Tennis Elbow?

Tennis Elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, is an injury to the tendons in your elbow as a result of repetitive motions of the wrist and arm. Tennis elbow affects people of all ages, but it is the most common in adults between the ages of 30 and 50. Despite its name, most people who suffer from tennis elbow aren’t athletes but rather people whose jobs require types of motion that can lead to tennis elbow.

The pain of tennis elbow is felt where the tendons of your forearm muscles attach to the tiny bony knob on the outside of your elbow. The pain may also radiate into the upper and lower arm. You may also experience weakness, numbing and tingling sensations in the forearm when you grip and hold an object. It is important to remove the aggravation factor and receive treatment. If it’s not treated, tennis elbow may worsen to a point you may have difficulty with simple tasks like handshaking, opening a jar or brushing your teeth.

What is Golfer’s Elbow?

Golfer’s elbow, or medial epicondylitis, is a condition that causes pain on the inside portion of the elbow. Golfer’s elbow affects far more than those who play golf regularly. Essentially, anyone who is prone to repetitive stress and overuse the elbow can find themselves with pain inside the forearm. It is a type of tendonitis caused by inflammation and can affect simple tasks like typing at a keyboard, texting or any movement that involves the use of muscles, tendons and ligaments surrounding the elbow.

How can Honor Wellness help

In our clinic, we use a combination of acupuncture, manual therapy and Rapid Release Technology in the treatment of tennis & golfer’s elbow.

Acupuncture – Works by releasing tight muscles, regulating neurotransmitters to reduce pain and improve the delivery of highly oxygenated blood flow to the affected soft tissue. Acupuncture has been proven to be an effective treatment for elbow pain without the side effects of prescription medication like NSAIDs and muscle relaxers. Often, releasing tight muscles on the rotator cuff with acupuncture can also very effective in the treatment of elbow pain.

Rapid Release Technology – Rapid Release Technology (RRT) uses vibrational waves to break up scar tissue and adhesion to restore proper blood flow. RRT can help relax tight muscles and opposing muscle groups to restore proper function and eliminate soft tissue tension.

Manual Therapy – a combination of Cupping Therapy and Gua Sha can help by removing trapped stagnant blood circulation in the deeper layers of your soft tissue. It helps to break up adhesions and scar tissue that may be on the forearm and around the elbow. By removing the trapped metabolic waste, it allows new oxygenated blood flow to heal to restore proper muscular tone.

Elbow pain can lower your quality of life in many ways. It can affect your sleep, decrease mobility, inhibit everyday function and cause emotional stress. At Honor Wellness, our practitioners are fully committed to your care to help you regain your quality of life back. If you or someone you know are struggling with sciatic pain, let us help you. Contact us today at (604)428-9946 and find out how.