With the recent trend of cross fitness training in the early 2000's, and the growing interest in climbing sports, specifically rock climbing, elbow injuries along with other upper extremity injuries are becoming more prevalent.
Most often injuries to the elbow are to the biceps muscle. However a lesser but still common injury to the elbow is a strain of the brachialis muscle which is located close to the biceps and assists the biceps when bending the elbow. This injury is called Climber's Elbow. It is caused by a forceful flexion contraction of the muscle greater than it is able to tolerate or a forceful over extension of the elbow. Most often this injury, like most muscle injuries, are a result of a previous lesser strain to that muscle that likely never was caught or was not allowed to heal properly. The athlete then returned to full activity too early resulting in the injury.
Diagnosis of Climber's Elbow begins with a clear understanding of the mechanism of injury. This comes from the patient's report of how the injury occurred. Using skilled palpation and specific muscle testing of the elbow in various positions, an expert in musculoskeletal injuries will be able to distinguish between the more common biceps strain and Climber's Elbow.
Treatment of Climber's Elbow depends on the severity of the injury. A Grade 3 strain, a complete tear of the muscle away from its attachment point near the bone, is a surgical case. The less severe Grade 1 and 2 strains can be treated conservatively by a musculoskeletal injury expert. Below is a typical progression through the stages of healing for Climber's Elbow.
Acute (Inflammatory) Stage (0-2 weeks)
Sub-acute (Repair) and Chronic (Remodeling) Stages (2-8 weeks)
It's important to note that the time frames listed above for the stages of healing for Climber's Elbow are just typical time frames. These would be the expected times only if the healing process occurs normally. Different body types, conditions, and compliance will effect this.
Did you know that both the American Chronic Pain Association and the State of Oregon's low back pain management guidelines recommend SPINAL MANIPULATION as the only non-drug treatment for all three phases of low back pain (acute, subacute, chronic).
Chiropractic focuses on health, rather than disease. Prevention and wellness are at its foundation. Doctor Jared Wilson, DC, MS uses a "whole-person" style of chiropractic care. This includes spinal manipulation, soft tissue mobilization, functional corrective exercises, healthy lifestyle habit recommendations such as nutrition and exercise. This style of treatment can help healthy people stay healthy and offer those who are in pain the ability to regain health.
The unique aspect of chiropractic is the manipulation of the spine and extremities using specific contacts and a controlled thrust with the hands, also known as an adjustment. An adjustment can help restore proper range of motion, nerve conduction and vascular flow as well as decrease pain and inflammation from injury and chronic pain syndromes.
This is encouraging to read positive support that bridges the gap between allopathic and alternative medicine. The ultimate goal is to serve patients in the most effective way!
You probably know what a GATEWAY is. It is a structure or passage in which a NEW PLACE is reached.
You may not know what GAIT means. GAIT is a style of locomotion. It is the way we MOVE! Every time you take a step there is a continual loss and regain of your body's balance and center of mass with respect to gravity.
At Gaitway Chiropractic in Spokane, Washington, Doctor Jared Wilson, DC, MS applies the concepts of GAIT and WAY physically and holistically. This is done by examining and correcting the way a person moves combined with encouraging proper lifestyle habits. These habits include nutrition, exercise, and healthy relationships. By incorporating these concepts and stepping through the GAITWAY, Doctor Wilson can help you achieve your goals and reach a NEW LIFE!
Dr. Jared Wilson, DC, MS
Dr. Jared Wilson blogs about chiropractic health and other relevant health news. He is an expert in musculoskeletal injuries and functional rehab. He holds a Chiropractic Doctorate degree and a Masters degree in Exercise and Sports Science.