Tennis (or golfer’s) elbow is a non-medical term that describes tendonitis of the elbow and forearm, an injury that is not restricted to tennis players or golfers: plumbers, tinkerers and DIYers alike are also at risk. Those who have suffered from this notorious condition know that the associated pain transcends training and athletic endeavor to interfere with daily activities.
Tendonitis is inflammation of the tendons (tissue that connects muscle to bone). As it relates to sport, tendonitis of the elbow is characterized as a repetitive strain injury: when you swing a golf club or a tennis racket thousands of times, the tendons are systematically strained until they reach a breaking point. This same illustration can be applied to the bricklayer, blogger or concert flautist, whose repetitive motions have now left them with a condition that makes tendons tender and creates difficulty bending, gripping or lifting with the arm.
At Scorca Chiropractic Center, we offer a few modalities that can reverse tendonitis and get you swinging, hammering or shoveling again:
Reduce inflammation: When pain is at its peak, we use ice and massage to treat the inflammation and reduce pain.
Correct structural deficiencies: The muscles surrounding the elbow and forearm correspond to muscles and vertebrae of the neck and shoulders: misalignment in the cervical vertebrae could predispose you towards tendonitis of the elbow.
Increasing blood circulation with gentle massage, bringing oxygen and healing nutrients to the injured tendon
Return strength to the region with a gentle program of stretching and exercise.
If you are suffering from the daily irritation of tennis elbow, call our office in Fremont at (510) 656-9077.
Dr. Francis Scorca, D.C.