Tennis elbow is sometimes referred to as lateral epicondylitis. It’s a condition wherein the tendons in the forearm that attach to the elbow become inflamed. The inflammation is the result of the forearm muscles being overused. The condition is called tennis elbow because amateur tennis players are particularly prone to it; over 70 percent of the people who play the sport will develop it eventually. However, it is not a problem limited to that demographic. Anyone who overuses their forearm muscles may find themselves needing to seek tennis elbow treatment. You can overuse your forearm muscles by repeatedly gripping an object. People who chop food or carry heavy bags can also suffer from tennis elbow. Symptoms of Tennis Elbow    The primary symptom of tennis elbow is a soreness on the outer part of the elbow that can radiate into the forearm and down into the wrist. In some cases, it Continue reading →

  The name “whiplash” is no accident, although it’s often caused by one. Imagine the motion of somebody cracking a whip; they raise their arm high then bring it forward in a sharp surge, moving it as fast as they can while keeping their body still. Next, they halt the act as abruptly as they can. The sudden cessation of velocity causes – CRACK!!! – the whip to make its sharp, angry noise. In a whiplash injury, the neck is travelling forwards at dangerously fast speeds, while the body is not. The neck surges, and if the motion is halted abruptly, the neck absorbs that sharp, angry interruption. This is not a sequence of events the body is well adapted to accommodate, so injury often results. Why the “Car” Connection? Whiplash, then, is a soft tissue injury of the neck. The sequence of events described above occurs most commonly during Continue reading →

Although soft tissue injuries are very common, they can be extremely painful. Soft tissue injuries involve damage to the muscles, tendons, or ligaments. Ligaments are the strong fibrous bone-to-bone connecting tissue. Ligaments are also used to stabilize joints. Typically, these injuries are categorized by the time frame since the injury and the body’s natural healing processes happening at the time. What is a soft tissue injury: Sprains When you suffer from a sprain, your ligament has been over extended and is either completely or partially torn. The most commonly sprained areas are your: Wrists from landing or falling on an outstretched hand Ankles when from turning your foot inwards Knees from sudden abrupt twisting Sprains can range depending on the severity of the injury. Grade I or mild sprains have little to no functional loss and minimal swelling Grade II are moderate sprains with incomplete tearing. Most often these sprains Continue reading →