Even If You Don't Play Tennis or Golf

Do you have pain in your elbow even though you don’t play tennis or golf? Maybe you don’t even go to the gym! While Tennis Elbow and Golfer’s Elbow are frequently associated with athletes, both conditions are not uncommon in people who are mostly sedentary. Research has shown that up to 95% of people who suffer from Tennis Elbow don’t even play tennis! Any tasks that involve repetitive movement – computer use, making coffee, or even cooking – can cause Tennis or Golfer’s Elbow

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Any tasks that involve repetitive movement - computer use, making coffee, or even cooking - can cause Tennis or Golfer’s Elbow.

What You Need to Know

Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis) and Golfer’s Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis) are both tendinopathies of the elbow joint. The repetitive motions of both sports and regular daily activities can cause increased stress on the joint and creates tiny tears in your tendons. Over time, the irritation of the tendon and soft tissue structures in the region leads to pain. Both conditions are due to chronic overuse of the tendons and muscles in your forearm and are seldom the result of a direct injury.

Tennis Elbow affects the outer aspect of your elbow while Golfer’s Elbow affects the inner aspect of your elbow. Symptoms usually include tenderness or pain at the elbow, weakness in grip strength, and pain with elbow or wrist movement. Patients suffering from elbow pain are often prescribed rest and anti-inflammatory medication (NSAIDs) to help with the pain. Is this enough? Maybe. Reducing inflammation around the elbow is an essential first stop. However, while patients do experience pain relief with rest and NSAIDs, the relief is often short-term and the pain returns as soon as you return to sports or your daily routine.

Chiropractic can offer you long-lasting pain relief. Chiropractors are healthcare experts trained to diagnose, treat, and manage musculoskeletal conditions. With Tennis or Golfer’s Elbow, your chiropractor may utilise soft tissue techniques such as Active Release Technique, IASTM (instrument assisted soft tissue mobilisation) and Dry Needling to address the muscular dysfunction that may be present. As your symptoms subside, you will be prescribed with elbow strengthening exercises to prevent the pain from coming back!

Your elbow pain is unlikely to go away on its own. However, taking a conservative chiropractic approach to managing your elbow pain puts you in the best position to find long-term pain relief. Once you start feeling better, you may even be picking up tennis or golf as your new sport!

Do you know Square One is the only chiropractic clinic in Singapore to offer Chiropractic Adjustments, Dry Needling, and Myofascial Cupping? Our revolutionary functional program combines manual therapy with rehabilitation so you can get all the treatments you need under one roof. Don’t let your body suffer in silence! Avoiding treatment can cause unnecessary aches and pain for many years to come. At Square One, we make it our priority to help you live a full, functional, and happy life. To experience the best chiropractic care in Singapore, book a consultation appointment with us today.