Tennis Elbow is inflammation of the extensor tendons of the wrist and joints of the elbow. These tendons are located on the superficial side of the elbow. Its medical term is Lateral Epicondylitis. The Epicondyles are the bony structures that you can feel on the inside and outside of the elbow. The lateral aspect of the elbow is the outer aspect of the elbow.
Golfer’s Elbow is inflammation of the flexor muscles of the wrist and joints of the elbow. These tendons are located on the internal aspect of the elbow. Its medical term is Medial Epicondylitis. The Medial aspect of the elbow is the inner aspect of the elbow.
The injury tends to happen when either the tendons of the elbow (inner or outer depending on complaint) become damaged or sprained, or when the head of the radius becomes restricted in movement and the joint between the radial head and humerus become restricted. Other structures around the elbow may become affected such as the radial nerve (that runs along the thumb side of your forearm) and the ulnar nerve (that runs along the 5th digit side of your forearm).
Signs and Symptoms
Tennis Elbow can cause:
Sharp stabbing pain into the outer aspect of the elbow
Pins and Needles into the finger tips
Nerve pain (Pain that begins from the wrist and runs down the finger tips in a specific pattern)
Dull aches in the one area of the elbow
Muscular cramping of the extensor muscles of your wrist
Pain during racket sports or while playing golf
Golfer’s Elbow can cause:
The same symptoms as above, but present on the opposite side of the hand, wrist, forearm and elbow.
How does Chiropractic care and Physiotherapy help?
Chiropractic care can help in alleviating the signs and symptoms caused by tennis elbow by safely adjusting the elbow joints and releasing out the tendons involved by specific soft tissue techniques. It can also help correct the problem by rehabilitation and exercise of the area.
Physiotherapy uses specific exercise rehabilitation to re-strengthen the wrist flexors/extensors along with soft tissue techniques to decrease pain in the area. Electrotherapy may be used by the practitioners if the problem is acute, and can assist in pain relief and regeneration of tendons in the surrounding affected area.