elbow-painThe primary type of elbow injuries are the result of overuse syndrome or repetitive strain injuries. The most common are Golfers Elbow and Tennis Elbow. The elbow is also subjected to general strains as well as degenerative arthritis. These conditions also respond well to chiropractic and Active Release Therapy (ART).

GOLFERS ELBOW

What is it, and what causes it?

Golfers Elbow usually occurs when rigid, underused tendons are suddenly stressed. This can be cause by direct trauma, overuse, improper technique, equipment error (grip size), and even problems from repetitive motion.

Repetitive motion is the most common cause of Golfers Elbow.

Why is it so painful?

With Golfers Elbow, when you experience muscle and tendon pain, the tendon is literally being pulled from the bone.

This injury starts with microscopic tears in the muscle tissue that lead to a series of inflammatory responses including:

  1. Tissue inflammation
  2. Scarring and formation of adhesions
  3. Shortening of the tendon

Adhesions can occur as a result of acute injury, repetitive motion, and constant pressure or tension. ART eliminates the pain and dysfunction associated with these adhesions.

If this problem is not treated correctly your elbow will continue to be re-injured. Worse, your game will suffer! (Yes…we are also keen golfers!)

TENNIS ELBOW

Tennis Elbow is caused by inflammation of the tendons at their attachment sites.

Tennis Elbow usually occurs when rigid, underused tendons are suddenly stressed. This can be caused by direct trauma, overuse, improper technique, equipment error, and even problems from repetitive motion. Repetitive motion is the most common cause of Tennis Elbow.

ACTIVE RELEASE TECHNIQUE (ART)

ART is a relatively new, and highly successful approach, for the treatment of injuries to muscles, tendons, fascia, nerves, and surrounding soft tissues. ART has proven to be very effective for the treatment of Golfers Elbow and Tennis Elbow, with a success rate exceeding 90%.

Traditional treatments address only one area, but ART restores unimpeded motion and function to all soft tissues associated with Golfers Elbow.

ART provides a means to diagnose and treat the underlying causes of Cumulative Trauma Disorders. Typical symptoms include numbness, tingling, burning, and aching. The goal of ART is to:

  1. Restore optimal texture and motion
  2. Restore the function of the soft tissue
  3. Release any entrapped nerves or blood vessels

This is accomplished through the removal of adhesions in the soft tissues through the application of specific ART protocols.