When addressing tennis or golfer’s elbow, it is important to also assess the affected muscles in the forearm - which are often tight - in addition to the tendons themselves. Affected muscles often have become shortened/ tightened with overuse, and therefore put increased strain on the tendons and compound the pain.
ACUPUNCTURE FOR ELBOW PAIN
Typical treatments for elbow pain include over-the-counter pain relievers and cortisone injections, however acupuncture is commonly used as an effective, minimally invasive treatment to restore pain-free movement. There are several acupuncture techniques that may be used when treating elbow injuries, depending on each individual case. All of the techniques however, stimulate healing by bringing oxygenated blood to the injured area to flush out toxins and lactic acid, and to reduce inflammation. The techniques include:
We see elbow pain regularly in our clinic - both acute and chronic cases. The number of treatments needed varies with each person, however fewer treatments are typically required if the injury has just recently occurred. On average, patients with elbow injuries receive six treatments over three weeks. Treatment plans vary depending on the severity of the injury and individual response to acupuncture. To reduce the chance of injury: