Tennis and Golf Elbow

Your elbow is a complex joint formed by three long bones in your arm. Four sets of muscles help move the joint and are attached to the bones by thick tendons. Damage to any of these structures or to the joint’s network of nerves, blood vessels and ligaments can lead to elbow pain. These types of injuries occur when there is overuse of the muscle group involved to cock back the wrist. People who work with their hands, have a greater risk of developing tennis elbow. Jobs can include: painters, gardeners and plumbers. Also sport participants: racquet sports, golfers, and fencers

Most elbow pain isn’t serious, but because you use your elbow in so many ways, elbow pain can definitely affect your life. Most elbow pain improves with acupuncture treatments, however. If your elbow pain results from certain types of injuries, your doctor may recommend physical or occupational therapy to aid healing and help prevent future problems.

TREATMENTS

  • Oriental medicine to relieve pain in the muscles and tendons
  • Acupuncture
  • Cupping therapy
  • Acupressure
  • Taping
  • Exercise

Build your strength. Prepare for any sport season with appropriate preseason conditioning. Do strengthening exercises with a hand weight by flexing and extending your wrists. Letting the weight down slowly after extending your wrist is one way of building strength so that force is absorbed into your tissue.

Keep your wrist straight. During any lifting activity — including weight training — or during tennis strokes, try to keep your wrist straight and rigid. Let the bigger, more powerful muscles of your upper arm do more of the work than your smaller forearm muscles do.
Warm up properly. Gently stretch the forearm muscles at your wrist before and after use.