Elbow Tendonitis: Preventative Therapy and Treatments

Elbow Tendonitis

When it comes to elbow tendonitis, the difference between Tennis Elbow and Golfer’s Elbow is fairly intuitive if you think of how these games are played.

The downward stroke of the golfer can lead to symptoms on the inside of the elbow (Medial Epicondylitis), and the wide range of strokes used by tennis players often results in damage to the outside (Lateral Epicondylitis). Neither of these are exclusive to athletes, and both of them can come from tendinopathy, or tendonitis, which is the inflammation or irritation of the tendon that attaches bone to muscle.. Basically, when muscles are overused, they become fatigued, and the pressure this puts on tendons leads to trauma.

Looking at one roundtable discussion, there is a growing distinction in the medical field between tendinopathy and tendonitis. Often “used interchangeably,” according to Dr. James R. Andrews, the difference between these two diagnoses is that tendonitis is associated with an “inflammatory, acute process, while tendinopathy is more of a chronic injury to the tendon.” Given the general terms, tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow, a wide range of injuries in the tendon might be working against an athlete, or anyone who uses one’s arm extensively and/or repetitively.

For an ounce of prevention, note that these various subsets of injuries can occur as a result of lack of proper support from large and small muscles in the arm. It follows that consistent stretching, muscle conditioning, and relaxation techniques such as soaking in epsom salt and massage are all valid preventative measures to take against tendon injuries.

Recovery from tennis or golfer’s elbow is also complicated and broad in scope. Trauma to the joints can cause a reaction in the entire body, resulting in something called “overcompensation.” If an athlete or active person works around an injury for any amount of time, this can cause a physical and/or psychological reaction leading to stress on other muscle groups, increasing the risk of additional injuries to the neck, shoulder, wrist, etc.

With any injury, it is important to follow professional medical instructions regarding the injured part of the body (such as ice and heat treatments, rehabilitation exercises, rest time, massage and physical therapy). It is also worth keeping in mind that a holistic approach to one’s wellness can help to ease discomfort throughout, and even accelerate the process of recovery.

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Liraz Bergman-Turner is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Reiki Master & the owner of Heavenly Embrace, a massage and energy healing practice in Boulder, CO.

Heavenly Embrace Wellness 2310 Juniper Ave, Boulder, CO 80304 (720) 515-9034 liraz@heavenlyembrace.com
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