Golfer’s Elbow & Tennis Elbow
What Causes Golfer’s Elbow & Tennis Elbow?
The answer is simple- overuse, which is why bakers, cooks, plumbers and carpenters suffer from the tendon ailments as well.
Golfer’s Elbow (Medial epicondylitis)
The telltale symptom of Golfer’s Elbow is a nagging pain in the inner elbow, often with radiating pain along the forearm. The cause is believed to be increasing the grip on the club. It can also occur among tradespeople who work with their hands and weight lifters. Stiffness and weakness may also occur, and sometimes people feel tingling into the hand that may mimic carpal tunnel syndrome. Golfer’s Elbow is caused by an increased gripping motion that stresses the tendons and muscles of the forearm.
Tennis Elbow (Lateral epicondylitis)
The symptom that best defines Tennis Elbow is an annoying pain on the outer side of the elbow that shoots down to the forearm. The extensor carpi radialis brevis (ECRB) tendon may be partially torn, or may have been completely torn and is growing back on its own. You may also feel pain when you move your wrist up and down while keeping the elbow steady.
How does Dr. Greenberg’s team diagnose an injured Golfer’s Elbow and Tennis Elbow?
Dr. Greenberg and his team will review your medical history and perform a Comprehensive Kinetic Diagnosis. We will examine and palpitate the damaged elbow and test for system-wide joint injury, including cartilage, tendon, nerves and arm muscles. The shoulder is palpated to test for poor dynamics, which can lead to premature wear of the elbow joint. Only by looking at the big picture and assessing the kinetic dysfunction can a sound diagnosis and treatment program be established. Treatments may include stretching and strength training exercises that carefully stress the tendons. Usually, surgery is not needed.
Is there a regenerative therapy for Golfer’s Elbow and Tennis Elbow?
Dr. Greenberg may recommend the unique Kinetic Regeneration Therapy for your elbow. It includes Prolotherapy, Platelet Rich Plasma Infusions and Stem Cell Treatments. Dr. Greenberg has found PRP treatments to be effective for regenerating worn elbows. The treatments activate the body’s natural regeneration system which includes components like stem cells, pericytes, fibroblasts, endothelial cells and macrophages which work together to regenerate soft tissue and strengthen the entire elbow.
Before any treatment, Dr. Greenberg and his team will review the optimal treatment plan designed to help you improve your elbow’s functionality. You may require several treatments performed every few weeks.
Kinetic Regeneration Therapy is an excellent choice for people who are looking for a non-invasive alternative to surgery. KRT has lower infection risks, shorter recovery times and is opioid-free.
Dr. Greenberg is a holistically-centered physician who not only treats the structural issues of your elbow injury, but he also addresses You. We work with you through your recovery by recommending nutritional strategies, supplements and innovative therapies to nurture a sense of wellness for your body and mind.
If you or a loved one is looking for a new strategy to treat chronic aches and pains, fill out the form on this page to schedule an appointment or call Dr. Greenberg’s office today at 833-440-4325.