With warm spring weather around the corner, you may be ready to pick up your racquet and spend your weekends on the court. But what if you’ve struggled with tennis elbow in the past? Because our office is in the Wilmington, NC area, we often see warm-weather injuries earlier in the year than acupuncturists in colder climates. Tennis elbow is a condition related to inflammation or injury of the muscles around the elbow joint.
You don’t have to play tennis to have tennis elbow, either. Golfers often suffer from a similar injury as a result of overextending their elbow joints. Poor alignment and repetitive movement of the joint are the root causes of pain and swelling.
Think you are suffering from tennis elbow? Common symptoms of tennis elbow might include:
- Pain and sensitivity around the elbow joint
- Pain when shaking hands
- Pain when using your wrist to grip items
Are these symptoms familiar to you? Tennis elbow and other joint injuries require careful treatment, but acupuncture may be able to address some of the inflammation characteristic of this condition. With acupuncture, our aim is to increase the flow of Qi, or energy and blood, within the body. Increased Qi correlates with better circulation and may help decrease swelling and pain. In traditional Chinese medicine, balancing the flow of Qi throughout the body helps to maintain health and wellness.
In some cases, we recommend complementary treatments to our clients, such as gentle massage, herbal supplements, and topical herbal applications to decrease swelling and pain. Acupuncture treatments can also be used safely in combination with Western treatment plans, making them ideal for patients concerned about drug interaction and pain treatment for tennis elbow and similar conditions.
Whatever your acupuncture needs, schedule an appointment in our Wilmington, NC office today.