Chiropractic Care for Elbow Tendonitis
Chiropractic care for elbow tendonitis and tendinopathy should be a first line treatment, and evidence supports it's use before surgery or steroid injections. These more invasive treatments have their place, but providers agree conservative care for elbow injuries should be the first step. Chiropractors can treat tennis elbow and golfer's elbow with a number of treatment strategies that have scientific evidence to back them. The nature of tennis elbow and golfer's elbow tendonitis or tendinopathy injury is typically similar, and mostly differs in where it is occurring. Tennis elbow is tendonitis and tendinopathy in the lateral (outside) part of the forearm, this is why health care providers call it lateral epicondylitis.
Golfer's elbow is tenonitis and tendinosis of the medial (inside) part of the forearm, so it's known as medial epicondylitis. Either one of these complaints can involve other portions of the forearm and elbow as well, and presentations vary on a case by case basis. Let's look at some of the treatments our Cary NC chiropractors use to address these conditions.
Manipulation and Mobilization for Elbow Tendonitis
This is a great chiropractic treatment for tennis elbow or golfer's elbow. Manipulation and mobilization involves restoring movement to joints in the elbow, or other parts of the functional movement chain that are either fixated, have movement dysfunction, or have an alignment issue. A review of scientific studies supports manipulation and mobilization for relieving pain associated with tendinopathy.
Graston Technique Soft Tissue Mobilization for Elbow Tendonitis
Our chiropractors offer Graston Technique for tennis elbow and golfer's elbow as well. Graston Technique is a procedure in which a specific tool is used to affect treat the tendon area that is inflamed or painful. This brings blood flow to the region, helps bring cells to the area to rebuild and heal, and also addresses any fascia or soft tissue that may be complicating the tendinopathy. At AccessHealth our chiropractors are specifically trained on how to treat tennis elbow and how to treat golfer's elbow with Graston Technique.
Ultrasound for Elbow Tendonitis
Ultrasound is one of the most effective treatments for tennis elbow or golfer's elbow that chiropractors use and is supported by a review of available evidence. Ultrasound treatment uses sound waves to target inflamed tissue and reduce inflammation, as well as provide a deep heat in soft tissues. It's a comfortable and easy experience from a patient perspective and an excellent treatment available to chiropractors in our clinic.
Acupuncture Including Dry Needling Procedures
Our chiropractors frequently provide acupuncture for tennis elbow and golfer's elbow. Dry needling, an acupuncture type procedure also provides relief from elbow tendinopathy complaints and is an effective way to address trigger points in the forearm and elbow that are contributing to pain and dysfunction. If you have trigger points that are contributing to your specific case of elbow discomfort, our chiropractors may recommend acupuncture for tennis elbow or golfer's elbow.
Exercises for Tennis Elbow and Golfer's Elbow Exercises
At AccessHealth our chiropractors put a huge emphasis on rehab exercises for elbow pain. For elbow tendonitis and tendinopathy, eccentric exercises are especially effective and supported by reviews of current research. Eccentric exercises are those which produce muscle contraction while it is lengthening. Long term solutions of elbow pain must include exercises to create balance and proper function in the elbow and forearm.
Pain relief for tennis elbow and golfer's elbow and also the management of these conditions ultimately requires a comprehensive treatment strategy. Our Cary chiropractors utilize many of these treatments to help tendinosis and tendonitis heal faster and to get you back to doing daily activities without pain. The overarching point should be that chiropractic care for tennis elbow and chiropractic care of golfer's elbow should be tried first before more invasive medical procedures. Steroid injections and surgery have their own risks and costs and don't guarantee positive outcomes. Feel free to give our Cary chiropractors if you have further questions on how chiropractic care can help with elbow pain.