Simply put, the difference of these two injuries is more on the location of inflammation or pain felt.
With Tennis elbow (or “lateral epicondylitis“) the affected part is the outside or lateral elbow, which is connected to the muscles that extend the wrist backwards and straightens the fingers.
A person with Golfer’s elbow (or “medial epicondylitis“) will complain of irritation or swelling to the inner or medial side of the elbow, which is attached to the muscles that flexes the wrist and contracts the fingers when you grip something.
The conditions are similar in that they are both associated with pain and tenderness due to repetitive wear and tear of the tendons attaching your forearm muscles to the bone at your elbow. The “epicondyle” part of epicondylitis refers to the bony bumps or protrusions at your elbow.
You don’t have to be a golfer or tennis player to experience them, but repeated forceful motions involved in both sports make them very common.
Can a Chiropractor Help with Golfer’s Elbow and Tennis elbow?
They sure can. Chiropractic care not only manipulates the elbow, but involves spinal adjustment that is designed to treat and heal the whole body, eliminating along the process whatever is causing pain or discomfort.
Dr. Jason B. Kaster performs treatment techniques that stimulate the muscles and prevent damaged tissues. If you have been suffering from a Golfer’s elbow or Tennis elbow, undergoing chiropractic care treatment could bring relief on your sore elbow. Read more below about chiropractic treatment for Golfers Elbow and Tennis Elbow.
Common symptoms of Tennis Elbow
The symptoms may include pain outside the elbow extending to the forearm and wrist. The pain felt may remain constant while doing activities that require reaching, grasping or lifting.
Common symptoms of Golfer’s Elbow
The symptoms may include elbow pain when lifting the hand, twisting the forearm or making a fist. The affected part may appear swollen and feels tender when touched. If these symptoms persist, complications may worsen and leading to stiffening in the elbow or weakening in the hand and wrist area.
Causes of Tennis Elbow
Tennis elbow is caused by repetitive contraction of the forearm such as straightening and raising the hand and wrist.
Activities that may cause Tennis elbow:
- When using plumbing tools
- Repetitive use of computer mouse
- Driving screws
Causes of Golfer’s elbow
Golfer’s elbow is caused by excessive or repeated stress where forceful motion is done of the wrist and finger.
Activities that may cause Tennis elbow:
- Improper swinging of golf clubs as well as too forced applied on muscles and tendons.
- Excessive topspin or using a too small or too heavy racket.
- Incorrect pitching techniques applied in softball, baseball and football.
- Using improper weight lifting techniques could damage the elbow muscles and tendons.
Treatments for Golfers Elbow and Tennis Elbow
Below are the suggested treatments that will allow you to go back to your normal lifestyle.
- Complete rest
- Protect the injured elbow
- Ice compress
- Physical therapy for Exercises involving designed to stretch and strengthen
- Chiropractic Care
- Slowly return to your normal activity
Chiropractic Treatment for Golfers Elbow and Tennis Elbow
If you’re looking for a safe, non-invasive treatment for your elbow injury, regardless if it’s tennis elbow or golfers elbow, chiropractic treatment is recognized as a long-term solution.
Remember, elbow tendonitis symptoms can resemble other critical issues, and it is important that you undergo a series of tests to confirm your problem. Among the tests may include x-rays, MRIs and/or CAT scans to accurately diagnose the tendonitis.
Once diagnosed, Fort Myers and Naples Chiropractor, Dr. Jason B. Kaster, will review the possible treatment options that will resolve the underlying issues. If there is excessive swelling, Dr. Kaster may use techniques designed to reduce the inflammation, such as ice packs, rest, and electric muscle stimulation.
Dr. Kaster will manipulate the elbow, offer different braces to support the flexors or extensors, and strip the flexors or extensors with graston/rock blade instruments to break up inflammation, adhesions, and in some cases scar tissue. He also does taping for epicondylitis.
Chiropractor in Ft Myers, FL and Naples, FL
Chiropractic care is a safe, alternative treatment when applied appropriately. Chiropractic treatments help in dealing with the symptoms of many conditions. Are you going to wait for your symptoms to be felt, or are you going to prevent it as soon as possible?
Dr. Jason B. Kaster, a chiropractor in Fort Myers and Naples, can help you and your family achieve their optimal health.