Treatment for Overuse Injuries to the Elbow

Today, people of all ages are more active than ever, in an attempt to keep in shape.  Often the activities that they engage in result in a variety of overuse injuries to the elbow including Tennis Elbow, Golfer’s Elbow and Thrower’s Elbow, or Tommy John’s Syndrome, as it is more commonly known.  In all of these injuries, the common cause is overuse, with the location of the pain varying as a result of the activity. 

In Tennis Elbow and Golfer’s Elbow the injuries are very similar, with the only difference being the location of the pain in the elbow and the activity that resulted in the pain.  Tommy John’s Syndrome is characterized by a persistent elbow soreness, stiffness and discomfort. 

A combination of Chiropractic Manipulative Therapy, Neuromuscular Massage and Physiotherapy are the most effective means to treat elbow overuse injuries.  During the treatment, a Chiropractor will work on the entire arm, including the elbow and the wrist joint, using Chiropractic Manipulative Therapy.  A licensed massage therapist will use Neuromuscular Massage to unwind the connective tissue and break up any adhesions.

In addition, the muscles in the shoulder girdle will be released, as well as any tension in the muscles of the arm.  A Physiotherapist will investigate and correct any flaws in the arm’s motions, which could be contributing to the elbow injury.  Physiotherapy will also include cryotherapy, fomentation, ultrasound and electrical stimulation to control pain and reduce the inflammation of the tissues in the elbow.   This integrated approach to treatment of overuse injuries of the elbow is highly effective.

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Chiropractic Treatment for Tennis Elbow

Elbow pain manifests itself in several different forms, all of which are very painful.  The most common are Tennis Elbow, also called lateral epicondylitis, and Golfer’s Elbow, which is technically called medial epicondylitis and can also be referred to as Pitcher’s elbow or Tommy Johns Syndrome. 

All of these painful conditions are overuse injuries and can be caused by playing sports or any other repetitive activity such as typing or hammering..  The tendons in the patient’s elbow become inflamed and cause pain in the elbow, forearm, and wrist.  There are surgical options, but fortunately the vast majority of patients can achieve a full recovery without surgery. 

Chiropractic treatment can be very effective in resolving Tennis Elbow, especially when used in combination with other therapies to reduce the inflammation, relieve tension in the muscles and tendons, and release any adhesions.  Your chiropractor will use various treatment techniques in addition to chiropractic adjustment to achieve the optimal results.  Depending on the case, your chiropractor may prescribe heat and/or cold therapy, massage, ultrasound, and electrical muscle stimulation. 

Most courses of treatment will also include a course of strengthening and stretching exercises to help avoid future injuries.  Each case is different, but most patients will be fully recovered in two or three months and will not need long term treatment.

If you are suffering from Tennis Elbow, Golfer’s Elbow, Pitcher’s Elbow, Tommy Johns Syndrome, or other elbow pain, you owe it to yourself to explore relief through chiropractic care before resorting to invasive surgical techniques.  Most patients experience an excellent outcome in a few months without surgery.  Surgical intervention is not only invasive, but requires much more lengthy recovery time.