Understanding the Right Sports Therapy Treatment for Your Golfer's Elbow

Understanding the Right Sports Therapy Treatment for Your Golfer's Elbow

You don't need to be a golfer to develop golfer's elbow. Medically known as medial epicondylitis, you can develop this condition from swinging a tennis racquet, lifting a heavy food tray, hammering nails, or simply typing on your keyboard.

Golfer’s elbow affects about 1% of Americans, generally men and women between 45-64, with women being more likely to develop it than men. About 90% of people develop golfer's elbow by doing something other than playing sports.

At Today's Chiropractic Clinic, Dr. Charles Laycock treats patients with golfer’s elbow and a whole range of sports-related conditions. They understand that you just want to feel better and get back to your game, which is why they tailor their approach in order to restore complete health to your injured area. Here’s what you need to know about the right sports therapy treatment for your golfer’s elbow.

What, exactly, is golfer’s elbow?

Golfer's elbow is a form of tendonitis, inflammation and pain in the tendons connecting your forearm to your elbow. When you repeatedly use your arm and wrist to bend, grasp, or twist things, such as the motion of swinging a golf club, the tendons can develop tiny tears that lead to inflammation.

Golfer’s elbow generally affects your dominant arm, since you use it more, and it can take weeks or months to develop. Left untreated, it can lead to permanent damage that limits your elbow's range of motion and weakens your grip.

Symptoms start with a tender spot on your inner elbow that’s worse in the morning. Other symptoms include:

Golfer’s elbow is similar to another inflammatory condition — tennis elbow, which is also less about sports and more about repeatedly using your wrist to throw or lift. The primary difference between the two is tennis elbow hurts on the outside of your elbow instead of the inside.

Understanding the right sports therapy treatment for your golfer’s elbow

To determine the right treatment for your golfer’s elbow, Dr. Laycock performs a comprehensive evaluation, reviewing the cause of the problem, the severity of your symptoms, your medical history, and your therapy goals. He may also order diagnostic tests so we can assess your current strength, flexibility, and range of motion. 

With all the information at hand, the doctor draws up an individualized treatment plan that focuses on helping you heal and reach your rehabilitation goals as quickly and safely as possible. 

Your treatment may include:

We may also add in a home exercise program to help you to make gains in-between your therapy sessions. If your golfer’s elbow is sports-related, we try to optimize therapy so you’re in the best form when you return to the game.

If you’re experiencing pain, numbness, and tingling in and around your inner elbow, there’s a good chance you’ve got golfer’s elbow, and it’s time to come into Today's Chiropractic Clinic for an evaluation, diagnosis, and the right sports therapy treatment. Give the office a call at 206-222-8967, or book your appointment online today.

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