Many golfers and tennis players alike have experienced elbow pain at some point in their career. Due to the high prevalence of elbow injuries seen in these populations, each sport has a corresponding elbow pain diagnosis. Lateral Epicondylitis corresponds to Tennis Elbow while Medial Epicondylitis corresponds to Golfer’s Elbow.
Lack of proper joint positioning throughout a desired motion creates excessive stress on the soft tissue structures of the elbow. When muscles, ligaments, and tendons become irritated inflammation and pain will result. Proper scapular and thoracic spine mobility is vital to the reduction and elimination of elbow pain!
What are the Symptoms of Golfers and Tennis Elbow?
Symptoms of Golfers elbow includes irritation and pain within the inside of the elbow. Tennis elbow is pain on the outside of the elbow. However, both sports have athletes and participants with pain corresponding with the other specified sport (i.e. medial elbow pain with tennis players). Pain and Symptoms may include: sharp pain with extending or flexing the wrist against resistance, muscle aches, tendonitis, numbness and tingling, and weakness.
Consult a Doctor if the Following Occurs:
Unable to Raise an Arm
Sharp pain during activity
Pain following activities
What are Common Treatments for Golfers and Tennis Elbow?
Treatment for Golfers and Tennis Elbow include soft tissue therapy to the surrounding area. However, without treatment and corrective exercises of the scapulothoracic joint and thoracic spine results are often short-term and limited.
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