What does Golfer’s Elbow feel like?
Medial Epicondylitis, more commonly known as Golfer’s Elbow, will present as pain on the medial (pinky) side of the elbow. The pain is often described as an aching or dull burn. Discomfort from Golfer’s Elbow may also radiate into the upper or lower arm.
How can we tell if the pain is Golfer’s Elbow?
The pain of Golfer’s Elbow is often at its worst when moving the wrist repetitively with force. For example, when using a hammer, there may be pain and weakness. Golfing, climbing, and throwing can also cause these symptoms. Range of motion in the elbow and wrist may be limited by Golfer’s Elbow; for instance, straightening the elbow can be difficult and painful.
Why do we get Golfer’s Elbow?
Golfer’s elbow occurs with repetitive activity of the arm/wrist. When these activities are done frequently, the joints of the elbow can be shifted out of place and inflammation and scar tissue can build up in the tendon attached to the inside of the elbow. This creates tenderness if touched, pain, and weakness of the muscles surrounding the elbow and wrist.
How does Chiropractic help individuals recover from Golfer’s Elbow?
When the joints of the elbow or wrist are out of alignment, they can irritate the ligaments, tendons and nerves associated with Golfer’s Elbow. Your local San Diego chiropractor will examine the elbow and wrist. Depending on the results, the chiropractor will determine if a specific chiropractic adjustment to the elbow or wrist is necessary.
The chiropractor will also examine the spinal segments of the neck. Misalignment in the neck may cause imbalances in the muscles of the forearm and wrist, contributing to Golfer’s Elbow. If there is a spinal segment misalignment in the neck, it will be gently moved back into place using a specific chiropractic adjustment.
How do individuals recover from Golfer’s Elbow?
The first step to recovery is to be evaluated and if needed, adjusted by your local San Diego chiropractor. After this, your chiropractor will show you exercises and stretches to balance your elbow and help the tissues to heal.
Stretches and Strengthening for Golfer’s Elbow:
Stretch the Pectoral Muscles and the Forearm Flexors. Videos are forthcoming. Make sure to work both sides but focus more on the affected one.