It took a Concord chiropractor to help get me past a nasty case of tennis elbow. I’d actually had it before, many times back when I was young and playing tennis almost year round in Southern California, but I always shrugged it off because I was young and just taking a break for a few days usually cured the problem. It’s amazing what our bodies can get away with when we’re young. It’s too bad they can’t just inject instant youth and vitality into our old bodies so they could continue to just zip through any given injury.
Anyway, I’ve always kept up with my tennis game even as I passed through middle age. Injuries acquired in the last couple of decades always lead to an extended break from the game so I can heal up. It usually does eventually heal on its own, although copious amounts of Icy Hot usually speed up the process. Recently, however, I got a strong dose of tennis elbow and I knew right away it was going to be a problem to get rid of it. The pain was unusually severe, and didn’t abate even after a week of rest and home treatments.
I made an appointment with a chiropractor because I knew this bout of tennis elbow was bad, but also because I privately feared I’d done permanent injury to my arm. Specifically, I thought I might have actually torn a tendon all the way through and was quite worried about having surgery. A surgery could permanently end any hopes to continue playing the game. I breathed a huge sigh of relief when the chiropractor took a look, did a few adjustments, and the pain dropped down to manageable levels. I still have to take a break, but I will definitely be back out on the court soon.