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Tennis/Golfers Elbow | LakesRegionChiropactic

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Disclaimer: The following general information is provided to assist the reader in developing an awareness of of the many conditions treated by Chiropractors, and of procedures employed in treatment. It is not intended as a substitute for the reader’s consultation with their appropriate primary caregiver, and for an evelauation and recommendation following a comprehensive examination at Lakes Region Chiropractic. ~James Pamplin, DC (Lakes Region Chiropractic)
Tennis and Golfers Elbow are constant, painful, and sometimes debilitating conditions affecting the tendons around the elbow. If the tendons on the outside of the elbow are affected, the condition is called Tennis Elbow (named after a common injury seen in tennis players). If the tendons on the inside of the elbow are effected the condition is called Golfers Elbow (named after a common injury seen in Golfers).  The pain that is experienced is the result of inflammation and tearing in the tendons that attach muscle to bone. This problem often persists as the tendons do not heal properly and can be easily re-injured.  Over time, scar tissue can form resulting in fraying of the tendons like an old rope. In some cases, calcium deposits can form within the tendons resulting in a “bone spurs”. Unfortunately the bone spurs only lead to more pain, inflammation and injury to the area.
In most cases Tennis or Golfers Elbow usually develops gradually, with no apparent cause. However, the main cause of this condition is from repetitive movements of the wrist and fingers. Activities such as constant gripping, hammering, drilling, or pushing/pulling can put a person at risk for this type of injury. A traumatic blow to the elbow can also result in either Tennis or Golfers Elbow.  

In most cases of golfers or tennis elbow, oral or injected medication may be prescribed to reduce inflammation and pain. Medication may provide only partial or temporary relief, so other treatment options should also be considered.
Support braces and Physical Therapy are also common treatment options.  If used with the proper exercises, the results may be beneficial. In more severe or persistent cases, surgery may be needed to strengthen the area.
At Lakes Region Chiropractic, we will conduct an examination to determine if your symptoms are related to Tennis or Golfers Elbow. Our primary goals are to 1) Diagnose the underlying cause of your condition 2) offer natural treatment options that address both the cause and symptoms of Tennis or Golfers Elbow, and 3) educate patients on ways to improve their overall health and wellbeing. Specifically, we utilize a combination of chiropractic and rehabilitative medicine which may improve your condition without the use of drugs or surgery. A procedure that is used in the treatment of Golfers or Tennis elbow is called Transverse Friction Massage. This treatment is used with special instruments to help heal and strengthen the plantar fascia. We also apply chiropractic adjustments to joints that have lost their normal mobility. Chiropractic adjustments may help improve joint mobility and reduce inflammation, thus, allowing injured areas to heal better. Personalized exercises specific to your condition will be prescribed as part of your continued therapy. They help strengthen and support weak areas and are designed to be done comfortably at home. During treatment we will advise you on developing healthy lifestyle habits and avoiding activities that may be aggravate your condition. As treatment progresses, your condition will be closely monitored with regular progress reports and periodic re-evaluations.