Positive Motion Chiropractic provides expert chiropractic adjustments to treat Golfer’s Elbow in Los Gatos.
Golfer’s elbow, also called medial epicondylitis, doesn’t just come about by playing golf. It occurs when we repeated overuse our wrists and fingers. When someone is suffering from golfer’s elbow they can have the following symptoms:
- Stiffness throughout the elbow
- Making a fist can hurt
- Pain and tenderness at inside of elbow
- A feeling of weakness at hand and wrist
- Tingling into 4th and 5th fingers
Golfer’s elbow can be caused by a variety of sports and activities. These include:
- Throwing sports like baseball, softball and football
- Racket sports (can lead to Tennis and Golfer’s elbow)
- Forceful, repetitive movements like in construction or manufacturing
Medial Epicondylitis Pain
Golfer’s elbow is a form of elbow tendinitis. Medial epicondylitis involves your wrist and finger flexor muscles which are the muscles that allow you to move your wrist and grab things with your fingers. These flexor muscles all attach to the inside of your elbow.
With activities that cause strain of these muscles you can get micro trauma in the tendons at the inside of the elbow. These damaged tendons become inflamed and over time they can actually undergo tissue changes, called “fatty infiltration.” These tissue changes are one of the reasons that if golfer’s elbow has been chronic that it can be difficult to get lasting relief.
Our expert sports chiropractors have successfully treated hundreds of cases of golfer’s elbow. Helping people get back to the activities they love, pain-free, is what Positive Motion Chiropractic is all about.
Below you can learn about our comprehensive treatment approach for golfer’s elbow that includes chiropractic adjustments, targeted rehabilitation exercises and other cutting edge sports medicine protocols.
Treatment Options for Golfer’s Elbow Pain
There are many methods for treating golfer’s elbow pain. At Positive Motion Chiropractic we believe that the most elegant solution is always the one that is simple, addresses the root cause, and is the least invasive.
Many people take drugs, get injections, and have surgery to deal with golfer’s elbow pain. These options come with great costs and risks. At Positive Motion Chiropractic we believe in utilizing these options only in emergencies or after trying more conservative alternatives that have failed to produce results.
At Positive Motion Chiropractic our treatment approach is simple and effective:
- Correct the underlying joint and/or muscle imbalances.
- Speed up tissue healing and reduce inflammation to give accelerated pain relief.
- Teach the patient how to reduce the chance of recurrence.
Utilizing this framework we provide rapid pain relief, fundamental joint and muscle changes to correct the root cause, and also help the patient avoid having to keep returning for care.
Here are some of the techniques and tools we use when we treat our professional and Olympic athlete patients. Guess what? They are the same techniques and tools we use with every one of our patients. (follow the links below to learn more about each type of treatment)
There are 210 bones in the human body and in-between them are joints. Just like the hinges on a door can get rusty and stuck, the same thing can happen with your joints (no, they don’t rust). When your joints become fixated and lose proper motion they become stiff, inflamed, and painful.
A chiropractic adjustment helps to restore normal motion back to your joints. There are many different ways to perform a chiropractic adjustment, including by hand and using an instrument called an Activator. Chiropractic adjustments utilizing an instrument don’t involve “cracking sounds” or twisting of the body.
Myofascial Therapy, Graston, Fascial Distortion Model (FDM)
Muscle stabilize and move the bones of your body. Fascia, or myofascia, encases your muscles in a thin, yet tough covering. This slippery covering allows muscles, tendons, nerves, and other structures in your body to effortlessly glide over and past each other. But through trauma, repetitive motion injuries, and postural stresses, these fascial layers can become stuck to each other through adhesions (think microscopic scar tissue).
Without addressing these myofascial adhesions the movement restrictions and pain come back shortly after getting a chiropractic adjustment or massage. But by working on and getting rid of these myofascial adhesions we are able to restore normal motion and help create lasting improvement in a patient’s function.
We utilize various myofascial techniques, including Graston technique (an form of instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization or IASTM), FDM (Fascial Distortion Model) and cupping (static or with motion). These soft tissue therapies when directed at the right body tissues combined with specific chiropractic adjustments are core to the results we consistently see at Positive Motion Chiropractic.
Cold Laser Therapy
“I have a destination golfing vacation in three weeks that I have had planned for eight months and I just want to be able to play without elbow pain.”
When patients need every chance to get back to 100% ASAP we have another tool at our disposal. We utilizes cold laser to help speed up metabolic rate, decrease inflammation, and help control pain levels. Athletes who don’t have any time to waste in getting back to 100% frequently use cold laser therapy in their treatment protocols.
Cold laser treatment is painless, takes around fifteen minutes per session, and is a great adjunct to chiropractic adjustments and soft tissue therapies like Graston.
Golfer’s Elbow Braces
Bracing around the upper forearm can help decrease the pain of golfer’s elbow. There are many different types of braces out there and they are not all created equally.
A good brace helps to distribute the load from the wrist extensor muscles into the surrounding tissues versus all that load going to the damaged and inflamed tendons. Additionally, a good brace doesn’t put pressure on the vital nerves, arteries, and veins that run in the inner portion of our forearm. We really like the “Band-It” elbow brace for this reason.
A brace can therefore help the tissues to heal by reducing the repeated tissue strain. The goal of wearing a brace should be to heal the damaged tissues and rehab the weak muscles and then stop having to wear the brace.
Targeted Rehab Exercises
A specific single muscle can be weak leading to imbalance and pain. It is rarely a large muscle group that we would think of working out at the gym (ex: quadriceps or biceps). Rather it is usually a stabilizing or balance muscle which is often overlooked. But weakness in a vital muscle can have devastating effects on posture, joint function, and balance.
At Positive Motion Chiropractic we don’t give our patients a page of generalized golfer’s elbow exercises. Who has the time for 30-60 minutes of home exercises per day? Instead, through our detailed and personalized assessment we determine if the patient has a specific muscle weakness and design a customized, targeted rehabilitation program for those individual weaknesses. Translation: tangible decrease in pain and physical limitations with minimal investment of time and effort.
Most people have seen a professional athlete sporting some colorful tape over a body part. Professional and Olympic athletes have been using Kinesio Tape or Rock Tape for years. In the last few years we have seen more recreational and non-athletes using Kinesio Tape.
Kinesio Tape has three main functions:
- Decreases localized inflammation
- Helps reduce pain
- Aids in the correction of motion patterns
We apply the Kinesio Tape on the patient during treatment, but also teach them or a family member how to use the tape so they can apply it themselves at home or before teeing up.
Most people spend the majority of their day at a workstation. If that workspace is not set up for you to win then your body will lose. You will notice decreasing flexibility, limited range of motion, and over time strength declines. And your body will start to hurt. First felt as nagging tension and soreness.
To provide lasting positive changes for our patients we look at their ergonomic setup and make simple, but effective, recommendations to maximize the comfort and function of their workspace. Our ergonomic evaluations are invaluable and performed at no extra charge for patients who can benefit.
If you got this far reading about causes and treatment options for golfer’s elbow pain you deserve to take the next step and get a world-class evaluation by an expert sports chiropractor. Schedule your appointment now using our real-time online schedule.