Anyone try traditional Chinese medicine for golfer's elbow?

I am trying acupuncture and have read studies (conducted in the West) that say it can be very helpful. But they gave me some electrical treatment the other day, and now the elbow is much more sore than before. Is this typical?

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  1. Crystal Waker, 07 April, 2010

    I realize that it doesn’t answer your real question – traditional Chinese Medicine, but it can be a solution for Golfer’s Elbow.

    Golfer’s Elbow is really a type of Epicondylitis. It is an inflammation of the tendon for the muscles that control the hand and fingers where they attach to the Epicondyle of the Ulna (ball of bone on the lower arm bone).

    I have had great results with massage for Epicondylitis, particularly Myofascial, Connective Tissue, and Neuromuscular Therapies.

    Otherwise, for the first 24-72 hours after the injury, I would rely on ice for 15 minutes at a time. Afterward, I would use alternating ice and heat.

    Acupuncture is generally very effective for pain, but I have no experience or specific information on studies for the effectiveness of Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat muscular pain.

    Good luck

  2. Coastal Doc, 07 April, 2010

    I do acupuncture as well as other things at our office. I do not like putting needles into tendons that are already irritated. I do surface acupuncture, without the needles, with ice, bracing of the upper part of the lower arm, a type of band, stretching of the muscles of the lower arm with mineral ice, and time.

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