Golfer’s elbow is a condition that affects far more than those who hit the golf course regularly. According to Dynamic Chiropractic, golfer’s elbow can affect violinists, construction workers, tennis players, bikers and more. Essentially, anyone who is prone to overusing the elbow can find themselves with pain inside the forearm and elbow, pain that is unlikely to go away without treatment. While medication and surgery are sometimes options for treatment, chiropractic provides a non-invasive, effective way to relieve golfer’s elbow without the many potential side-effects that come with surgery and prescription medications.
What is Golfer’s Elbow?
The joint and muscles on the inside of your elbow are activated during so many activities—pretty much every time you squeeze, grip or throw something, you use them. Even when you are doing less athletic activities like texting or typing at a keyboard, you are activating the muscles, tendons, and ligaments surrounding your elbow. It is not surprising that they can be overused, especially during work activities or leisure activities that you love so much you play all the time.
Golfer’s elbow is considered an overuse injury—an injury caused by using one or more parts of the body so much that they cannot recover quickly enough. Inflammation becomes constant, scar tissue can develop and pain becomes a regular problem.
How Chiropractic Can Help Golfer’s Elbow
Chiropractic care is ideal for the treatment of golfer’s elbow. For some sufferers, coming to the chiropractor is the first and obvious choice. For others, going to the doctor is the first place they start.
Once they find that prescription medications are not alleviating the problem, they may be presented with the idea of surgery. Most people are hesitant to go through surgery if they do not have to, which is understandable. They reach out to a chiropractor because they are looking for an alternative that will help them heal without the pain and uncertainty that surgery brings.
At the chiropractor, you will find non-invasive, drug-free treatments that work to return your range of motion, reduce inflammation and break up the scar tissue in the soft tissues surrounding your elbow joint.
Chiropractic Treatment for Golfer’s Elbow
Once you visit a chiropractor you will be given a careful, thorough physical examination to determine the nature of your problem and its cause. With golfer’s elbow, the problem is fairly obvious, so your chiropractor will focus on understanding exactly what your golfer’s elbow consists of—including your level of pain, your range of motion and the effects it is having on your day-to-day movement.
Some of the ways chiropractic can treat golfer’s elbow include:
Breaking up Scar Tissue
Scar tissue keeps your muscles from operating correctly and causes pain. Chiropractors have methods for breaking up scar tissue to return normal muscle function, including active release.
Joint manipulation from your chiropractor is designed to make your joints move properly. The chiropractor will gently move your elbow back and forth to realign it and to ensure that it goes as far as it should go, and no further.
Inflammation is what causes much of the pain you are experiencing in your elbow. Joint adjustments and breaking up scar tissue are excellent ways to reduce inflammation. As the inflammation reduces the body can heal more easily and the pain will lessen.
Get the Help You Need for Golfer’s Elbow
As you know, golfer’s elbow can be painful and make it difficult to do the things you need to do. Let us help you get some relief. Please contact our office today to schedule an appointment with our chiropractic team.