Golfer's Elbow Treatment for Tacoma, South Hill, and Puyallup, WA
Have you not been able to enjoy your favorite pastime or hobby due to pain and discomfort? If your golf game has been impaired or even put completely on hold by chronic elbow pain, you may be suffering from a common but irritating condition known, appropriately enough, as golfer's elbow. But you don't have to let this kind of overuse injury keep you off the course indefinitely. Here at Rainer Sports and Spinal Rehab, we're happy to provide effective golfer's elbow treatment for residents of Tacoma, South Hill, and Puyallup WA.
What Is Golfer's Elbow?
Golfer's elbow (medial epicondylitis) is not the same thing as its inflammatory "twin," tennis elbow (lateral condylitis). While tennis elbow involves the tendons that attach to the outer side of the elbow, golfer's elbow affects the tendons on the inner side. These tendons connect forearm muscles to bony protrusions called epicondyles. This arrangement enables you to rotate your forearm, bend your wrist, and grip your golf club. Constant use of these muscles, however, can cause the tendons to suffer from tiny tears in the tissue. As you keep over-using your elbow, the tears keep worsening instead of healing, leading to a state of chronic inflammation.
It's worth noting that you can get golfer's elbow even if you don't play golf. Any repetitive motion in your work or other activities that keeps stressing these tendons can produce the characteristic symptoms, which include:
- Pain, numbness, and tingling sensations running from the elbow to the outer fingers of the hand
- Elbow stiffness
- Impaired grip or wrist strength
As you can imagine, these symptoms can ruin your golf game. Recognizing them early and getting immediate treatment can help you prevent your golfer's elbow from getting progressively worse -- including long-term loss of mobility due to internal scar tissue formation.
Chiropractic Care and Sports Injury Rehabilitation Techniques Can Help
Our sports chiropractor can evaluate your elbow condition and prescribe a combination of chiropractic care and sports injury rehabilitation techniques for it. Chiropractic adjustments to the elbow joint can correct any alignment issues that may be aggravating your symptoms. Active Release Technique can undo deep-seated stiffness in the tissues, while the Graston Technique can break up any scar tissue that threatens to immobilize your elbow. Physical therapy exercises can then restore your elbow to its optimal range of motion.
Swing by for a Chat With Our Sports Chiropractor At Rainier Sports & Spinal Rehab
If you're ready to take a swing at ridding yourself of golfer's elbow, start by swinging by our Puyallup, WA chiropractic clinic. Call (253) 445-0440 to schedule an appointment and evaluation so we can provide you with your personalized treatment plan.