A UNIQUE TREATMENT FOR TENNIS ELBOW
HOW TO TREAT TENNIS ELBOW PAIN
Are you looking for the best treatment of tennis elbow? Check out how Applied Kinesiology (AK), a system of manual muscle testing can highlight the underlying causes of many injuries and syndromes in the body. Rather than just treating the symptoms Dr. Best Chiropractor uses AK to efficiently find and the underlying causes associated with the treatment of Tennis Elbow and Golfer’s Elbow.
Frequently underlying causes of Tennis Elbow are certain neurologically inhibited muscles in the wrist, forearm and elbow that are necessary for the proper strength and biomechanical function of the elbow to actively play sports like tennis and golf. Both sports entail frequent percussive forces, which can create extreme stress to the joints and muscle involved. Over time this repetitive stress to the joints and muscles can result in unresponsive muscle spindle cells weakening supportive muscles leading to injury, inflammation and tendonitis.
At our office by we have regularly seen that isolation and correction of weakened muscles may dramatically speed up recovery and prevent re-injury to the area when returning to activities that previously aggravated this condition.
Additionally we offer cold laser therapy known for its ability to reduce pain and inflammation during the course of treatment.
TYPICAL PHYSICAL THERAPY TREATMENT OF TENNIS ELBOW.
Other typical treatment of Tennis Elbow include icing the affect areas; kinesthetic activities to the area followed by ice packs, and massage to lengthen tissue to improve circulation. Ultrasound can be a productive physiotherapy device while muscle stimulation machines appear to be less helpful in significantly reducing tennis elbow pain.
WHAT IS TENNIS ELBOW?
Commonly tennis elbow is associated with pain on the outside edge of the elbow. More specifically pain is located at the origin of many extensor muscles in the forearm that are attached by the radial head. Typically this is known as “Tennis Elbow” because of the hard percussive forces in playing tennis, especially with the backhand, create tendonitis and pain in this area of the elbow. The backhand movement uses the forearm extensor muscles and the supinator muscle, which attach by the elbow. This repetitive action can result in a tendonitis and inflammation of these tendon attachments. Once flared up it may be difficult to reduce the inflammation in this area.HOW TO PREVENT TENNIS ELBOW.
There is know sure fire way to prevent tennis elbow, however, warming up muscles, increasing flexibility in joints prior to exercise goes a long way to prevent adhesions and inflammation caused by repetitive percussive exercises. Yoga movements may be helpful in the treatment of tennis elbow, like downward facing dog into upward facing dog may be helpful providing there are no wrist problems or injuries. Manual stretching the forearm flexors and extensors and self-massage can be helpful. Strengthening and warm-up devices like Dynabee gyro ball are dynamic ways of warming up and strengthening joints.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE TENNIS ELBOW?
Tennis elbow typically is insidious in onset. Meaning it tends to come on over time without some particular instance creating the inflammation involved. If you have pain in that area of tennis elbow as a result of an impact or some other injury, it may be more than tendinitis and should be evaluated by your doctor. There may be injury to ligaments or muscles when the pain is do to a rapid onset.
CAN CHIROPRACTORS TREAT TENNIS ELBOW?
Yes chiropractors can treat tennis elbow, however, some chiropractors may choose to only adjust the spine and rarely use physiotherapy devices. We have same equipment as physical therapists and medical doctors that can be adjunctive in the treatment of tennis elbow. Additionally, Dr. Best, D.C. is trained to adjust the joints in the extremities and spine that may be affecting or even causing the pain in the elbow. Dr. Best chiropractor may discern other factors that may be contributing to the pain caused by tennis elbow.
Nutrition and total body inflammation may also be factor affecting your joints. If you have system inflammation it will frequently show in more than one joint becoming inflamed. We may be able to guide you in discovering what are the inflammatory causes to your pain. Dr. Best, D.C. regularly works with patients to discover their inflammatory foods through blood testing.
WHEN IS TENNIS ELBOW HEALED?
When is my tennis elbow healed? How do you know when the treatment of tennis elbow is complete? First, pain is a late sign there is a problem, and pain is the first thing to disappear in the healing process. Just because you no longer have pain doesn’t mean the elbow joint and other supportive tissues are completely healed. Consult Dr. Best, D.C. to find out when you can return to playing sports or weight lifting. When you do start back, start slowly; hit practice balls for a short period of time and see how you feel the next day. Lift 25% of your normal weights for the first week and see how your elbow and forearm feel; slowly increase 25% per week; this allows you to retrain smaller intrinsic muscles that may have been injured.
Once you are back to your full routine, don’t forget to continue warming up before playing tennis. Strengthen and stretch the area. If you have a particularly long challenging game, maybe ice the elbow for 15 minutes following the match.
Always consult your doctor when and how to treat tennis elbow.