The elbow is one of the most complicated parts of the body. The elbow joint is made up of bone, cartilage, fluid, and ligament. Our elbows aid in the mobility of our upper body, and without them, we wouldn’t be able to bend, fold, and move or lift things around us.
Elbows act as a pivot – drawing in strength and support from other parts of our upper bodies – to help us conduct various types of simple and complicated movements and actions. But because the elbow is a complicated joint and is used as an ancillary in almost all types of upper body actions and movements, over time, its overall functionality and quality can get affected.
While elbow pains and problems have affected a vast majority of everyday people, problems like tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow are more commonly found in:
1) Those who play sports using their hands, elbows, (fore)arms, and shoulders:
- Squash or Tennis Players
- Baseball or Cricket Players
- Javelin or Shot Put Players
2) People whose jobs comprise using their hands, elbows, (fore)arms, and shoulders:
- Carpenters & Lumberjacks
- Heavy Machinery Operators
- Butchers & Cooks
- Vehicular Mechanics & Technicians
- Artists, Painters, & Musicians
- Typists & Writers
3) Those who have faced various types of accidents, injuries, & other issues:
- Vehicular Accidents
- Physical Injuries
- Genetic Factors
At Body Wellness Center, we specialize in catering to the needs of elbow problems like tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow. We create and provide tailored treatment plans according to our patient’s needs.
What is Tennis Elbow
Tennis elbow can be described as a strange pain and discomfort caused in one’s forearm muscle which is connected to the outside portion of one’s elbow. More than usual, tennis elbow is caused by the repetitive and strenuous use of one’s wrist, forearm, and elbow. Problems and symptoms related to tennis elbow can extend to one’s elbow, forearm, and wrist.
The medical term for tennis elbow is lateral epicondylitis.
Symptoms of Tennis Elbow
The biggest indicator or symptom of tennis elbow is pain, discomfort, and/or uneasiness in the outside or upper area of one’s elbow. The unpleasant symptoms can also extend to one’s forearm and wrist. Here are some symptoms of tennis elbow –
- Pain when gripping objects, lifting (heavy) weights, shaking hands, opening doors, etc.
- Continued pain in one’s forearm
- Pain and uneasiness on the outside of one’s elbow during or after performing tasks
What is Golfer’s Elbow
A golfer’s elbow or golf elbow can be described as a strange pain, numbness, or tenderness caused in one’s forearm muscle which is connected to a bony portion on the inside of one’s elbow. More than usual, a golfer’s elbow or golf elbow is caused by the repetitive and strenuous use of one’s wrist, fingers, and forearm. Problems and symptoms related to tennis elbow can extend to one’s elbow, forearm, wrist, and fingers.
The medical term for a golfer’s elbow or golf elbow is medial epicondylitis.
Symptoms of Golfer’s Elbow
The biggest indicator or symptom of a golfer’s elbow or golf elbow is pain, discomfort, and/or uneasiness in one’s wrist, fingers, and the inside or inner area of one’s elbow. Here are some golfer’s elbow symptoms –
- Pain when flexing the wrist or making a fist
- Continued pain, numbness, or tenderness near the inside area of the elbow
- Pain and uneasiness on the inner side of one’s elbow during or after performing tasks
- Weakness of fingers; especially one’s little finger and ring finger
Tennis Elbow Treatment & Golfer’s Elbow Treatment
First, here’s when you should see your doctor or physical therapist:
- Inability or difficulty in moving your arm, fingers, elbow, or wrist
- Bulges, lumps, or bumps around your elbow joint
- Prolonged inflammation or swelling in and around your elbow
- Lack of general functionality or loss of natural movement
Tennis elbow and a golfer’s elbow are usually treated using similar techniques and ways. Here’s how they can be treated:
- Taking a break or rest period from repetitive & strenuous activities
- Cold (ice) packs
- Hot bags or packs
- Purchasing and wearing a tennis elbow brace
- Stretching exercises, movement techniques, & strength training
- Over-the-counter anti-inflammatories (preference for natural substances)
- Ultrasound therapy techniques
- Tennis elbow exercises
- Golfer’s elbow exercises
- Physical therapy
- Correctional operation or surgery
Tennis Elbow VS Golf Elbow – Difference Between Tennis Elbow & Golf Elbow
Tennis elbow or lateral epicondylitis is caused due to inflammation around the outside or upper areas of one’s elbow and forearm. Basically, tennis elbow is damage caused to the outside or upper tendon near the elbow muscle which is used for stretching the wrist and spreading fingers. Some of the symptoms of tennis elbow are pain in the outside area of the elbow, problems when shaking hands, turning door knobs, and more.
Golfer’s elbow or medial epicondylitis is caused due to inflammation around the inside or inner area of one’s elbow and forearm. Basically, a golfer’s elbow or golf elbow is damage caused to the inside or inner tendon near the elbow muscle which is used for flexing and griping. Some of the symptoms of a golfer’s elbow or golf elbow are pain in the inside area of the elbow, uneasiness in one’s fingers and wrist, and more.