Golfers Elbow VS Tennis Elbow Pain Treatment Sioux City
Golfer’s Elbow vs. Tennis Elbow Explained
Both golfer’s elbow and tennis elbow are caused by the irritation of tendons around the elbow. These muscles run from the elbow to the wrist, and are often aggravated by repetitive activity. These injuries can also be due to trauma to the forearm muscles or elbow. Irritation of the extensor forearm muscles is called tennis elbow, while golfer’s elbow affects the flexor forearm muscles.
Who Develops Medial or Lateral Epicondylitis?
You are most likely to suffer from these conditions if you:
- Are 35 years of age or older
- Perform activities that require wrist flexion and extension
- Play sports with bats and rackets, such as baseball or tennis
- Work in a job that requires forceful wrist flexion or extension movements
- Frequently use power tools
- Work on a computer without using proper posture
Tennis elbow occurs on the lateral epicondyle. This causes people to experience sharp pain when shaking hands, turning a door knob, or lifting a gallon of milk by the handle. The pain can radiate from the outside of the elbow to the middle finger. Most people also describe tightness in forearm muscles. The pain is aggravated with active and resistive movements.
This pain is located on the inside of the elbow and the medial epicondyle. The pain is amplified by wrist flexion and resisted flexion. It starts as a dull ache in the forearm, but becomes sharper with activity. The sharp pain radiates down toward the little finger and wrist. The pain starts as mild stiffness and becomes a dull ache. It can become sharp and severe depending on the activity being done.
Treating Golfer’s Elbow and Tennis Elbow
Over the counter medication, ice, and rest are the first steps to decreasing elbow pain. Braces are available for each injury; these reduce the strain on the muscles and tendons, which allows the injured tendon to heal. Stretching exercises can also reduce muscle spasms and enhance flexibility. Chiropractic and physical therapy treatments are often utilized to decrease pain and inflammation.
Active treatment includes electric, heat, ice, stretching, exercises, ultrasound, cold laser, Graston Technique, ART, ASTYM, massage therapy, and manual therapy. These treatments are designed to decrease the muscle spasms in the forearm. Severe and chronic injuries respond to Graston and massage therapy treatments. Combining these treatments with traditional therapies speeds the healing and recovery process.
Lateral epicondylitis and medial epicondylitis are sometimes confused with carpal tunnel syndrome or cubital tunnel syndrome. All are usually caused by chronic repetitive stress, and start as mild elbow pain progressing to severe pain that radiates down the arm. It is also often felt when there has previously been elbow tendonitis or trauma.
Our office strives to provide quality treatment for your elbow pain. We combine the best office treatments to effectively and efficiently treat your Medial or Lateral Epicondylitis. More information on treatment can be found on our elbow treatment page.