Commonly termed tennis elbow or golf elbow, most elbow pain is attributed to overuse. Elbow pain is less likely to be the result of injury; rather, it is a syndrome that results from repetitive activity, whether sports-related or not. Elbow pain can be particularly debilitating as, by nature of the cause, it often affects a person’s dominant arm.
Elbow pain is usually described as a tenderness or weakness of the elbow joint, and is felt most often when extending the arm or bending the arm. Range of motion may or may not be affected by elbow discomfort. Tingling and numbness may also be experienced.
Tennis elbow is characterized by pain in the outer part of the elbow, while golf elbow presents as pain in the inside of the elbow. The pain often radiates to the upper arm or upper forearm.
Tennis and golf elbow are generally forms of tendinosis caused by inflammation of the inner or outer elbow tendons. Elbow problems typically involve the surrounding soft tissues, including muscles.
Elbow pain is less often the result of an acute injury, but due rather to overuse and repetitive motion. Elbow pain is common in athletes who put great strain on their arms and elbow joints such as golfers, tennis players, and pitchers. The repeated twisting and force of swinging a tennis racket or golf club, or extending the arm to throw a ball, greatly impacts the elbow tendons and muscles.
Even non-athletes suffer from elbow problems resulting from activity that requires constant, duplicated motion, such as typing at a keyboard for long periods of time. For workers in the 21st century, 80% of whom work in an office setting, elbow injury from repetitive strain and overuse is a common issue. Relief and flexibility can be found in the same way the pain was developed: through the long-term adoption of new habits, postures, and exercises.
Dr. Nemirovsky specializes in not just elbow pain treatment, but in diagnosing the exact cause of your elbow pain. While discussing your lifestyle and recreational pursuits, he carefully analyzes your pain triggers and overall arm, wrist, and hand function, looking for potential factors in the complex chain that reaches into your shoulder and neck.
For example, an imbalance in the shoulder or posture could lead to dependence on your other joints, leading to long-term injury. Instead of addressing your elbow as an isolated part of your body, our board-certified sports medicine specialist employs a more accurate, holistic approach. This ensures that your entire body's mobility is taken into account, providing solutions that are long-lasting and prevent further injuries.
Patients suffering from elbow pain benefit significantly from the pain relieving and stabilizing effects of Dr. Nemirovsky’s hands-on care. His approach to layering the most progressive, conservative treatments is always uniquely tailored to you, designed to restore pain-free function through the integration of physical therapy and chiropractic techniques.
Left untreated, elbow pain may temporarily subside, but without proper treatment, it will likely recur. Dr. Nemirovsky’s patients report significant improvement in arm strength and stability, and pain-free range of motion after receiving elbow pain treatment.