GOLFERS ELBOW- Also known as Medial Epicondylopathy, this condition is often the result of chronic wrist flexion and/or overuse of the wrist flexors, which is catagorized as a repetitive stress injury. It is characterized by inflammation and localized pain at the medial (inner) aspect of the elbow and is increased with wrist flexion. Climbers tend to experience "Golfers Elbow", although anyone who must hold the wrist still or bent forwards for long periods of time (i.e. while using a computer mouse, performing a back hand, or painting) may overuse the forearm flexors. Treatment modalities are similar to that of lateral epicondylitis and also involve neural stretching, to prevent damage to the ulnar nerve that courses across the medial elbow surface, Graston Technique, and Active Release Technique. Often times, the neck and elbow are involved, so Chiropractic spinal and extremity adjusting is frequently used in conjunction with soft-tissue treatment; rehabilitative exercises are always a paramount component of the recovery process.
SYMPTOMS- Symptoms may include stiff or inflexible neck, numbness, tingling, or even weakness in the neck, arms or shoulders. Symptoms typically on inside of the elbow (elbow pain).
TENNIS ELBOW- "Tennis elbow" is a common term for a condition caused by overuse of arm and forearm muscles that results in forearm pain and often catagorized as a repetitive stress injury. You don't have to play tennis to get this, but the term came into use because it can be a significant problem for some tennis players.
Tennis elbow is caused by either abrupt or subtle injury of the muscle and tendon area around the outside of the elbow. Tennis elbow specifically involves the area where the muscles and tendons of the forearm attach to the outside bony area (called the lateral epicondyle) of the elbow. Your doctor may call this condition lateral epicondylosis. Another common term, "golfer's elbow," refers to the same process occurring on the inside of the elbow -- what your doctor may call medial epicondylosis. Overuse injury can also affect the back or posterior part of the elbow as well. Active Release Technique, Graston Technique and Chiropractic spinal and extremity adjusting are very effective treatment strategies used in the management of this condition. Additionally a home stretching and exercise program is a very important component of the rehabilitation and prevention program.
SYMPTOMS- Pain slowly increasing around the outside of the elbow. Less often, pain may develop suddenly.
Pain is worse when shaking hands or squeezing objects or pushing on the back of the wrist.
Pain is made worse by stabilizing or moving the wrist with force. Examples include lifting, using tools, pouring coffee, opening jars, or even handling simple utensils such as a toothbrush or knife and fork (elbow pain).
RADIUS/ULNA SUBLUXATION- An injury to the Elbow can result in misalignment or fixation of the two bones of the forearm. This can create pain and weakness of the muscles surrounding the joint and forearm pain. It often times leads to compensation injuries to the wrist and shoulder.
SYMPTOMS- Pain, swelling, and weakness to the elbow,, weakness of the biceps and/or triceps.