Unfortunately, one of the most common ailments facing tennis players and golfers is the dreaded “tennis elbow” (they call it that for a reason!).
A swing and a… OUCH!
Tendonitis, or lateral epicondylitis often caused by frequent elbow and arm usage can make playing golf and tennis problematic, painful and in some cases impossible.
If you’ve ever dealt with lateral epicondylitis or tennis elbow, you know how finding an effective treatment can be. No matter how many doctors you see, pills you take, and days off you take, it won’t go away. A brace doesn’t always help. Ice is temporary.
Can you relieve the pain and get back on your game?
Acupuncture is one of the best options for treating tennis/golfer’s elbow. Here’s why.
Tennis (and golf) Elbow
Those who golf or play tennis may not be prone to contact injuries like some athletes, but they are susceptible to overuse. Due to the repetitive swinging motions, many golfers and tennis players develop irritation in their elbow. Suddenly, it hurts to swing and the pain is debilitating. That’s “tennis elbow” or tendonitis of the elbow. It can occur in a slightly different place for golfers, on the inside of the elbow, but it’s very similar.
If you take a few months off, it will likely go away on its own. But taking MONTHS off is not always ideal. While stretching and strengthening help to speed up healing, many treatments are not proven to work. Right now, people typically try to fix the problem with:
Manual therapy like massage
Surgery in severe cases.
Before giving up, there’s one thing you should definitely add to your treatment plan: acupuncture.
Acupuncture for Tennis/Golf Elbow
That’s right, a traditional Chinese practice known as acupuncture can greatly help with your elbow pain. It’s not a new approach, but just now sports medicine experts are beginning to see its potential. Acupuncture involves inserting tiny needles into the skin to restore energy flow. The experienced acupuncturist will place the needles at the points that will most help your injury.
One study by the Mayo Clinic examined acupuncture for patients with tennis elbow or tendonitis. 18 out of 22 patients experienced long-term relief from their pain after failing to see results with the other typical methods.
The biggest way acupuncture can help you get back on your game and to your top performance is by relieving pain. Acupuncture signals the brain to produce pain killing hormones. Additionally, it helps speed up your healing by activating the body’s natural healing processes.
Start swinging without pain again and improve your golf and tennis elbow with the help of Long Island Acupuncture. Combine Suffolk County acupuncture with your other treatments for maximum results, and get back out there faster and stronger. Schedule your sports acupuncture appointment with Integrative Family Wellness in Smithtown HERE.