Monday, July 26, 2021
Wednesday, July 21, 2021
By Dr. John A. Papa,
DC, FCCPOR(C) - New
The elbow is a complex joint that allows movements of flexion, extension, and rotation. Most daily activities require a combination of these actions to produce motion in the arm, forearm, wrist, and hand. Two common elbow injuries include Tennis Elbow (TE) and Golfer's Elbow (GE). Both of these elbow conditions can cause pain and weakness which results in functional limitations with gripping, pushing, pulling, and lifting activities of the affected arm.Tennis Elbow (TE) is medically known as lateral epicondylitis and causes the outer part of the elbow to become sore and tender. This typically affects the muscles and tendons that extend the fingers and wrist, and roll the forearm outwards.
Golfer's Elbow (GE) is medically known as medial epicondylitis and causes the inner part of the elbow to become sore and tender. This typically affects the muscles and tendons that flex the fingers and wrist, and roll the forearm inwards.
TE and GE can affect anyone involved in activities that require rapid and/or repetitive motion of muscles and joints in the forearm, wrist, and hand. It is more likely to happen if these movements are combined with awkward posture(s), excessive force, poor technique, and using the wrong equipment or tool. Occasionally, a direct blow to the elbow may be a causative factor. Physical deconditioning can also make individuals susceptible to these conditions.
As a result, TE and GE can affect a broad variety of people including: trade workers such as electricians, painters, and carpenters; recreational athletes such as tennis players and golfers; and labourers such as cleaners and assembly line workers. Computer use, and even hobbies like gardening and knitting can be associated with TE and GE.It is important to establish an accurate diagnosis of TE or GE. This can be accomplished by performing a proper medical history, along with a physical examination. Other causes of elbow pain may include: fractures, bursitis, arthritis, sprains, nerve irritation, or referred pain from the neck and/or shoulder region.
Chiropractors are healthcare professionals skilled in diagnosing and treating muscle and joint conditions such as TE and GE. Initially, relative rest and altering or eliminating the conditions that contributed to the injury is important. This may include making changes to a work station, using the correct tools/equipment, and taking breaks to relax overworked muscles and joints. Treatment options include laser therapy, acupuncture, electrotherapy, taping, bracing, specialized soft tissue therapy, and manual joint mobilization. In addition, a comprehensive rehabilitation program should also include stretching and strengthening exercises that target the muscles of the forearm, upper arm, shoulder and upper back.
If elbow pain is keeping you away from your favourite activities, consider chiropractic care. A chiropractor will assess your symptoms, diagnose your condition, and recommend a treatment plan to put you on the road to recovery. For more information, visit www.nhwc.ca.
This article is a basic summary for educational purposes only. It is not intended, and should not be considered, as a replacement for consultation, diagnosis or treatment by a duly licensed health practitioner.
Tuesday, July 20, 2021
If you're experiencing discomfort when exercising, switching to a low impact routine can help give your joints a break.
Thursday, July 8, 2021
Summer is well underway and water activities are in full-swing. Whether it’s at a nearby lake, beach, or swimming pool, it’s time to talk about water exercises and why they’re good for you.
Here are nine benefits of exercising (particularly swimming) in water:
1. There’s low impact on your joints: Water gives you buoyancy—i.e., you float! This decreases the impact on your joints, so when you swim or exercise in the water, you have a lower risk of injury.
2. It does a better job at keeping you cool: Working out can cause you to overheat, especially in the summer. Exercising in the water helps the body cool off faster and reduces the risk of overheating. If the water is warm, it may not help keep you cool, but it does help increase blood circulation, which is a plus when exercising.
3. Water has built-in resistance: Because you’re moving your body through water instead of through air, you’re working harder. This resistance is great for building all-around strength and endurance.
4. You can adjust the resistance: Depending on your speed, position, or form in the water, the resistance you face is dynamic. For example, the more streamlined your swim stroke, the faster you’ll travel with less resistance. If you’re jogging or running in water, particularly if it goes higher than your waist, you’re getting much more resistance (this is often done if you’re training to improve your running speed, strength, and endurance when you’re on land).
5. It gets easier over time: The more knowledge and skill you have with respect to swimming, the more efficient your body becomes when moving through the water. This translates to less energy and effort exerted, and greater speed. The good news is that the more you learn, practice, and condition your body, the easier swimming will be.
6. You can incorporate rest: You don’t have to stop exercising in the water to give your body a rest during a workout. If you’re swimming, you can add resting strokes like sidestroke or elementary backstroke for a minute or two (or a lap or two in the pool) until you recover.
7. You can increase intensity slowly: The benefit of swimming is that you can make gradual changes to your routine without much effort. Simply increase the time spent swimming continuously and take shorter rest breaks—or replace your breaks with rest strokes (see tip #6) as you build up your swimming regime.
8. It’s great for keeping joints limber and toning muscles: Since exercising in the water is so low impact, your joints stay nimble. With the built-in resistance of the water, swimming is great for keeping your muscles toned.
9. It offers support for the whole body: Not only is exercising in the water low-impact, it’s also excellent for support. Bonus: it supports your back! You don’t have to worry about the weight of your body on your spine or your posture when you move your body through water. If you’re not a swimmer, you can still use the water for gentle exercise: do some walking workouts waist-deep in a swimming pool to take the pressure off your joints and back while still getting movement.
So, take the pressure off, hit up your local beach or pool, and go for a swim!
Talk to your family chiropractor to find out what types of exercises are right for you.
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