Dealing with elbow pain and keeping your golf game on par! by: Adamson Chiropractic
The weather is warming up and that means the course will be coming alive as golfers start making their way back to the greens. As with starting any new activity for the year, you may expect to be sore and stiff after the first few rounds until you work out some of the kinks in your swing. Shaking off the rust usually means more trips to the range, and with all the repetitive motions, many golfers come to suffer from “Golfer’s Elbow” (which is a common name for a condition known as medial epicondylitis).
Golfer’s elbow is a condition that causes pain on the inside part of your forearm. The condition is caused by an increased use in the muscles of the forearm and hand. Golfers tend to experience this pain during the early season as they have not used those muscles for months and are unconditioned. If left untreated, this condition can become a chronic problem that will lead to an increase in pain, fibrous scar tissue, and potential long-term damage (not to mention an increase in the length of treatment time and expense).
Golfer’s elbow is in a group of injuries termed “repetitive overuse” injuries, and is not only limited to golf, but also occur in other sports like tennis and with manual labor like hammering or using a screwdriver that require a lot of forearm strength and use. Some of the symptoms commonly noted with this condition are: pain at the inner elbow, stiffness and decreased range of motion in the joint, weakness in the forearm muscles, and possible tingling or numbness in the hands. These symptoms develop due to the fact that all the muscles that flex the wrist and fingers originate from a single tendon that is attached to the medial epicondyle of your elbow. The repetitive use irritates that tendon and its attachment to the bone causing pain.
If this condition is diagnosed early it responds very well to conservative care and you can usually return to the activity within a couple weeks. If the problem is left untreated for a prolonged period of time, it may take much longer to get back to your activity pain free.
Some things to do at home if you are starting to develop any of those symptoms:
Refrain from painful activity until you can get it checked out.
Ice the affected area for 10-15 minutes several times per day.
Take an over the counter anti-inflammatory.
Purchase a compression band to apply pressure to the tendon.
What to expect for treatment in our office:
Myofascial Release (ART) – a technique that is used to break up adhesions that have developed in the soft tissue of the forearm to restore range of motion and eliminate scar tissue.
Eccentric and isometric strengthening exercises to prevent further fatigue injuries
Adjusting the elbow joint – when tight muscles exert abnormal forces on joints, it can produce improper alignment, decreasing range of motion and increasing wear and tear inside the joint.
RockTape- this tape is used to help reduce swelling, inflammation, and decrease pain while allowing proper blood flow and nutrients to the injured tissue.
Our office specializes in the treatment of a wide variety of neuromusculoskeletal conditions and disorders, find out how we can help you live a healthier, happier, pain-free life by calling our office at 360-923-1717.