Golfer’s Elbow Pain Treatment
It’s that time of year again. The weather is starting to cool off, which means golf season is almost over. Many people are going to squeeze a few more rounds in before putting the clubs away for the winter. They’ll battle through the aches and pains that have developed from swinging the clubs all summer. Having elbow pain? Our Oakville chiropractor treats elbow injuries frequently, and golf can be very hard on the elbows! If you’ve just started experiencing elbow pain, or have been fighting through elbow pain for a while, it’s time to get treatment from our Oakville chiropractic clinic.
Golfer’s elbow is the not-so-distant cousin of tennis elbow. Same type of injury, they just occur on the opposite sides of the elbow. Golfer’s elbow, or medial epicondylitis, is a repetitive strain injury that occurs on the inside aspect of the elbow. Activities that require repetitive flexion of the wrist and fingers can cause Golfer’s elbow. Despite the name, this condition can be caused by many activities other than golf. Sport like tennis, baseball and bowling can lead to medial elbow pain. Activities like painting, raking or using tools can also cause this problem! For the most part, our muscles are pretty resilient and were built to handle stress. However, repetitive movements without ample time for rest and recovery can lead to muscle strains and tendonitis.
Pain caused by medial epicondylitis is felt on the inside of the elbow. In the early stages the pain may feel dull and achy, but if left untreated the pain can start to become sharp. In the early stages pain is often intermittent, but in advanced stages it becomes more constant. Notice a trend here? When golfer’s elbow goes untreated, it can get much worse. The pain is often felt right at the elbow, but this condition can also cause pain that radiates down the forearm into the hand. Weakness with gripping activities may also occur.
Treatment for Medial Epicondylitis
Shockwave for Golfer’s Elbow
Our Oakville chiropractors treat this condition often. One of the best treatments is shockwave therapy. Shockwave therapy for golfer’s elbow pain can be uncomfortable, but it’s extremely effective. Shockwave therapy utilizes shock waves to treat painful conditions. Shockwave can help stimulate the growth of new blood vessels to help tissues heal, help eliminate pain-causing chemicals around the affected tissues, break up scar tissue that forms in more chronic cases and has an anti-inflammatory effect on tissues. Pretty amazing, right?
Acupuncture for Golfer’s Elbow
If needles make you wary, this may not be for you, but Dr. Jenn promises you will barely feel them go in! Acupuncture is another amazing therapy that stimulates the healing response in tendons and muscles, as well as helping to reduce pain and inflammation. Treating golfer’s elbow with acupuncture typically only requires the insertion of 2-5 needles. Acupuncture will help reduce pain and speed up the time it takes to recovery from the injury. Acupuncture can be one of the most effective treatments for elbow pain.
MRT/Graston For Elbow Pain
If shockwave isn’t for you, then a different type of muscle release is required. Massage-like techniques can be used to reduce muscle tension, push away inflammation and relax overactive muscles. Soft tissue techniques applied directly to the tendons can stimulate healing and the proper recovery of irritated tendon fibres. This can be achieved by our chiropractors using their hands or small specialized tools.
Exercises for Golfer’s Elbow
Once our Oakville chiropractors have you on the road to recovery, strengthening the elbow to help prevent reoccurrence will be at the top of their priority list. Injuries can inherently weaken the muscle, and it’s important to rebuild that strength once the pain had been reduced! Our Oakville chiropractic clinic has put together an inclusive list of stretches and exercises to help get your elbows back to 100%.
Taping For Golfer’s Elbow
Tape can be an easy and effective treatment for elbow pain. Using stretchy athletic tape, like K-tape or Rocktape, can be a quick and comforting aspect of therapy. These taping techniques for golfer’s elbow can help limit the strain that everyday activities place on the elbow. Applying this tape to the inside of the elbow can reduce pain and inflammation caused by golfer’s elbow. When applied correctly, this tape can remain effective for 3-4 days and can even remain in place after showering or swimming. Ask one of our chiropractors how to apply it!
Other aspects of treatment for medial epicondylitis include instructions on icing and bracing if necessary. Our chiropractors may use IFC machines to help reduce pain and relax tight muscles. Activity modification is often required and prescribed based on the case and lifestyle factors.
Been suffering through elbow pain for too long? Ready to get rid of your elbow pain?