Elbow pain can be a nuisance and disrupt our daily lives as it can impact lifting and holding objects. There are various types of elbow pains and knowing which type you are experiencing can help you find the right treatments to manage your symptoms.
What is Golfer's Elbow?
Golfer’s Elbow is an overuse injury to the elbow causing pain, weakness or numbness along the arm and elbow. The medical name, Medial Epicondylitis, refers to the structure in the elbow that becomes inflamed from strain and overuse.
The injury is commonly associated with Golfing biomechanics, hence its name derivative. Similar to Tennis Elbow, occupations and hobbies that use tools like hammers and screwdrivers commonly accompany this condition.
The medical name, Medial Epicondylitis, refers to the structure in the elbow that becomes inflamed from strain and overuse.
What Causes Tennis Elbow:
● Excessive pronation (hammering, screwdrivers)
● Overuse, no rest days or stretching
● Improper mechanics with weights
● Repetitive activities (ex: using the mouse continuously)
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How We Take Care of Your Golfer's Elbow
With an integrated team of Chiropractors, Physiotherapists, Registered Massage Therapists, and Kinesiologists, we have you covered for your elbow-related problems.
Seeing different practitioners can be helpful as there may be various reasons for your elbow pains.Treatments in a multidisciplinary clinic can help address underlying issues from multiple aspects.
A combination of different treatments can include:
● Soft tissue manipulation to address muscle tightness and trigger points
● Stretching and exercise to manage between treatments
● Chiropractic adjustments to help with stiff joints in the elbow, wrist and shoulder
● Acupuncture and massage therapy to decrease stress in the elbow area
● Ergonomic changes to your work setting to decrease stress on your elbow
If your condition does require further testing or treatment, we can refer you to one of the trusted specialists that we have in our network.
What does Golfer's Elbow Feel Like?
● Numbness along inner arm and/or travels into pinky
● Weak grip and possibly painful when making a fist
● Stiffness in the forearms
● Pain localized on the inner elbow
What To Expect During Your First Visit
Meeting with a practitioner for the first time can be a little intimidating. We want you to be as comfortable as possible.
We want to understand what is troubling you so we can treat you effectively. Know that whatever you disclose will be held with the utmost confidentiality.
Upon meeting your practitioner, they will:
● Go through a brief interview process to understand you and your condition
● Share their thoughts and what we can do about your condition
● Provide you with homecare, either an exercise or modification, to complement the treatment
Baseline has taken steps to ensure that all of us are as safe from Covid as possible. We have a pre-screening questionnaire, and we ensure that everyone wears their protective equipment. In between patients, we take the time to properly clean all surfaces that may have been used so that the next patient is safe.
You don’t have to live with elbow painTo summarize, elbow pain is common but manageable. Despite there being various reasons why someone can have elbow pain, finding the right modalities and practitioners can help you address the underlying problem and decrease symptoms.
If you resonate with any of these points, give Baseline a call or go online and book an appointment with one of our practitioners.
Written by: Lorrisa Deng, Registered Massage Therapist (RMT), Vancouver