‘Tennis Elbow’ is located at the outer elbow, whereas “Golfer’s Elbow” is on the inner aspect closer to your body. Aside from the names, both have similar injury and treatment patterns. These elbow injuries are caused by an overuse of the forearm muscles leading to a tear/inflammation of the tendons attached to the elbow region. In spite of their common usage, ‘tennis’ or ‘golfers’ elbow are not always associated with playing tennis/golf. In fact, it is common for sedentary desk workers to develop these injuries from hours of repetitive computer/writing work.
Osteopaths work uniquely in that they consider how other areas such as shoulder/neck stiffness or wrist malfunction can influence elbow injuries. This is an important distinction from other forms of treatment because osteopaths believe that the body is connected in form and function. For many sufferers, complete recovery from elbow injuries involves resolving neck, shoulder and wrist problems. When the osteopath balances the tension in these areas with manipulation, any compensatory injuries to the elbow will lessen, giving it a better chance to recover completely.