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Tennis Elbow

Are You Suffering From Elbow Pain? Chiropractic Care Can Help

If you’re experiencing discomfort in your elbow The West Coast Integrative Wellness Center (Fort Myers Chiropractic Office) has the knowledge and experience to help patients reduce their pain with corrective care compared to relief care. We specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of athletic and degenerative conditions of the musculoskeletal system, like elbow pain, in order to alleviate symptoms & support recovery.

Elbow pain is a condition that affects all people from athletes (i.e. golfers, baseball pitchers, tennis players, boxers) to working professionals (i.e. plumbers, cooks, painters, autoworkers, carpenters). As a result of their intense & consistent use of the arm’s muscles, tendons, bones, and elbow ligaments, this is where we start to see pain related issues come about.

The 2 most common types are:

  • Tennis Elbow – (or “lateral epicondylitis“) is where the affected part is the outside or lateral elbow, which is connected to the muscles that extend the wrist backwards and straightens the fingers.
  • Golfer’s Elbow – (or “medial epicondylitis“) is where irritation or swelling to the inner or medial side of the elbow occurs, 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 Our Chiropractic Team Help with Golfer’s Elbow and Tennis Elbow?

We 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 for epicondylitis: myofascial release, manipulation, bracing, physiotherapy (hi volt combined with ultrasound), PRP, and human cellular tissue products such as acellular and cellular allographs (Rexo and Restor).

Let’s explore the symptoms:

  • Tennis Elbow Symptoms – These 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.
  • Golfer’s Elbow Symptoms – 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.

What Are The Main Causes?

  • Tennis Elbow Causes – Tennis elbow is caused by repetitive contraction of the forearm such as straightening and raising the hand and wrist. These activities can include painting, use of plumbing tools, repetitive computer mouse usage, driving screws to name a few.
  • Golfer’s Elbow Causes – Golfer’s elbow is caused by excessive or repeated stress where forceful motion is done of the wrist and finger. These types of activities can include 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 & football to using improper weight lifting techniques could damage the elbow muscles and tendons.
Chiropractic Treatment for Golfer’s 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 golfer’s 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, EMG / NVC, and MRIs to accurately diagnose the tendonitis.

Once diagnosed, Fort Myers 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.

If your Elbow Tendinopathy problem doesn’t show signs of pain or swelling, the chiropractor may recommend massage therapy, physical therapy, joint manipulation, and strengthening exercises.

Are You Ready To Be Pain Free In You Elbow?

Tennis elbow pain can be incredibly debilitating, impacting daily activities and hindering productivity. Ignoring the symptoms of tennis elbow can lead to further complications and potential long-term damage, scar tissue and fibroadhesions. Don’t let tennis elbow pain limit your quality of life – take action and prioritize your well-being to ensure a healthier and pain-free future.

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Jason B. Kaster, a Fort Myers Chiropractor, to help you with your condition. West Coast Integrative Wellness Center we are committed to personalized one-on-one treatment, and helping you get better is our top priority.

Treating Patients in the Fort Myers, Cape Coral & Surrounding Areas Since 2003
With Musculoskeletal Conditions & Other Conditions Requiring Chiropractic Care