Tennis Elbow and Chiropractic Care
posted: Aug. 28, 2018.
You’re a Pain in My…Elbow!
Tennis elbow or, lateral epicondylitis, is the most common reason that people see their doctors for elbow pain. Tennis elbow is a type of tendonitis (swelling and inflammation of the tendons) that causes pain in the elbow and arm. Despite its name, tennis elbow is tendon damage that can be the result of any repetitive gripping activity such as tennis, painting, and carpentry to name a few.
Oh, how it hurts!
The symptoms of tennis elbow develop gradually, worsening over weeks and months. Pain and tenderness in the bony knob on the outside of your elbow, where the tendons connect to the bone, is where pain is primarily experienced. This pain may radiate from the outside of your elbow into your forearm and wrist. The symptoms are often worsened with forearm activity as simple as shaking hands or turning a doorknob.
Chiropractic to the rescue
Chiropractic care focuses not just on relieving the symptoms but correcting the underlying problem. Chiropractic manipulation can help restore the normal alignment and motion of the elbow joint, which can reduce pain and facilitate the healing process. Your chiropractor will check the chain of movement that begins with the nerves in the neck and upper back as well as assess the stability and function of the joints of the shoulder, elbow and wrist. Once corrections are made, soft tissue treatments may be recommended to help heal inflamed muscles and tendons. These treatments can include traditional massage, rehabilitation exercises, and SoftWave therapy. Additionally, to alleviate inflammation and pain during the healing process, we recommend and sell the Freeze Sleeve, a revolutionary cold therapy compression sleeve that provides relief and aids in recovery.
We look forward to seeing you in our office for a consultation or treatment!