Both golfer’s elbow and tennis elbow are types of Cumulative Trauma Disorders. Golfer’s elbow is less common than as its cousin, tennis elbow, yet both are forms of elbow tendinitis. While tennis elbow is the result of damage to the tendons on the outer elbow, golfer’s elbow stems from tendon injuries located on the inside of the elbow.
The source of the inflammation in both these conditions must be confronted in order to achieve complete recovery. Chronic muscular contraction brought on by overexertion or joint dysfunction is the most common cause. The constant pull on the tendons can diminish the already poor circulation to the tendons, which, in turn, become inflamed — a condition known as tendonitis. Ultimately, scar tissue will develop, resulting in stiffness and weakening of the soft tissues.
Realistically, treatments that focus solely on the tendons, with the intention of reducing the inflammation are merely Band-Aids; and would produce temporary and mediocre results, at best. Moreover, given the aforementioned, it follows that strength training would exacerbate the tendon strain and result in further tissue inflammation.
Treatment for Golfer’s/Tennis Elbow
Chiropractic adjustments are effective in treating joint pain in the elbow, wrist and shoulder. Relief from the chronic muscle spasms and tension associated with golfer’s and tennis elbow is possible through a muscle therapy technique known as Active Release — a patented; ultramodern treatment designed specifically for people who suffer from Cumulative Trauma Disorders. The Active Release Technique (ART) is the optimal method for treating the scar tissue and adhesions associated with this condition. Many of our patients experience immediate relief— and dramatic results through this gentle and non-invasive therapeutic treatment.
ART is a collaborative therapeutic process in which both doctor and patient assume an active role. All ART sessions encompass a unique sequence of assessment, diagnosis, and treatment. Dr. Donath begins each ART session with a practical evaluation of the injury site. Next, the teamwork comes into play: Precise tension is applied while the patient executes specific movements. Upon completing just one ART treatment, many of our clients report a decreased level of pain and increased strength and flexibility.