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Tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow are both forms of elbow tendonitis, which are conditions characterized by inflammation or irritation of the tendons in the arm. Despite their names, these conditions can affect anyone, not just athletes. Injuries can happen slowly over time or from sudden injuries.
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Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis):

Tennis elbow, clinically known as lateral epicondylitis, is a condition where the outer part of the elbow becomes painful and tender. It’s typically caused by repetitive motion and overuse of the muscles and tendons in the forearm, particularly those that attach to the outer part of the elbow. Despite the name, it’s not exclusive to tennis players and can occur from any activity that involves repetitive gripping and twisting of the wrist.
At SpineFit Rehab and Wellness we will perform a thorough examination to determine the cause of your elbow pain and advise you of any treatment recommendations before we begin.

Symptoms:

Pain and tenderness on the outer part of the elbow.
Weakness in the affected arm.
Difficulty gripping objects or performing certain movements, especially with the wrist.
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Golfer’s Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)

Golfer’s elbow, or medial epicondylitis, is similar to tennis elbow but affects the inner part of the elbow. It results from overuse and repetitive stress on the muscles and tendons that attach to the inner side of the elbow. Contrary to its name, golfer’s elbow can develop from any activity that involves repetitive wrist flexion and gripping.

Symptoms:

Pain and tenderness on the inner part of the elbow.
Weakness in the affected arm.
Difficulty with gripping, lifting, or twisting motions.

Natural Treatment Options for Tennis Elbow and Golfer’s Elbow:

Chiropractic treatment
Correcting proper elbow movement and biomechanics.
Rest
Resting the affected arm is crucial to allow the tendons to heal. Avoid activities that worsen the pain or put strain on the elbow.
Ice Therapy
Applying ice packs to the affected area can help reduce inflammation and relieve pain. Ice should be applied for about 15-20 minutes several times a day.
Compression
Using a compression bandage or brace around the elbow can help reduce swelling and provide support during activities.
Elevation
Elevating the arm above heart level can also help reduce swelling and promote healing.
Stretching and Strengthening Exercises
Gentle stretching and strengthening exercises prescribed by a physical therapist can help improve flexibility and strengthen the muscles around the elbow, reducing strain on the tendons.
Soft Tissue Therapy
Soft Tissue therapy can help relax tight muscles and improve blood flow to the affected area, promoting healing.
Natural Supplements
Some natural supplements, may have anti-inflammatory properties and could help alleviate symptoms.
Proper Technique and Equipment
Ensure that you use proper technique and equipment for any activities that involve repetitive arm movements. This can help prevent further strain on the tendons.
Warm-Up and Cool-Down
Always warm up before engaging in physical activity and cool down afterward to prevent muscle strain and injury.