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 Care For Sports Injuries

These days Americans of all ages are participating in a wide variety of sports activities.  From children to retirees, people are taking up running, walking, cycling, soccer, tennis, triathlons, golf, aerobics, martial arts, as well as engaging in traditional team sports like baseball, basketball, and football.  Unfortunately, sports injuries are possible with any athletic activity, and are especially common in those taking up a sport later in life after many years of sedentary activity.

Most sports injuries are either overuse injuries such as tennis elbow, shin splints, rotator cuff injury, and other such repetitive use injuries, or traumatic injuries from a fall or collision such as a sprain, dislocated joint, or an injury to the lower back or neck.  For any type of sports injury, it is very important to seek assistance from a qualified health care professional such as a Marietta Chiropractor as soon as possible to maximize the speed of your recovery and minimize future injuries. 

The old adage “no pain, no gain” does not apply to sports injuries.  Pain is your body’s way of telling you something is wrong.  Attempting to continue training and participating in sports activities through a painful overuse or traumatic injury usually makes the injury worse and can slow the patient’s recovery. 

Your best course of action is to visit your health care professional for treatment.  Chiropractic care can be very effective for most sports related injuries.  Your Marietta sports rehabilitation Chiropractor will use a combination of therapies including chiropractic manipulation of the spine and extremities, massage therapy, heat and cold therapy, physiotherapy, exercise, ultrasound and electrical muscle stimulation.  Most patients respond very well and quickly return to pre-injury performance within a few weeks or months.