Elbow pain and Tennis Elbow

Chiropractic treatment can help to ease the pain and increase the muscle strength of elbow conditions. Elbow pain is often caused by overuse, occasionally elbow pain may be due to arthritis, however the elbow joint is much less prone to wear and tear than other joint. The elbow joint consists of 3 bones, these allow for 2 directions of movement, flexion, extension and rotation. Excessive use of the muscles in the forearm can cause irritation of the muscles, ligaments and bursae of this joint.

Many activities involve a repetitive hand, wrist and arm motion, over time this action can irritate the tendons and bursae within the elbow leading to pain, inflammation and restricted movement.

Tennis elbow occurs when tendons in your elbow are overloaded, usually through repetitive movements.  Symptoms of tennis elbow are pain into the forearm and wrist, this pain is increased when gipping or lifting objects. You may notice a feeling of weakness in the arm due to the pain.

The initial stages of this condition benefit from rest and ice therapy, chiropractic treatment following on from this enhances recovery of the condition.

The causes of tennis elbow can be related to a mechanical issue related to your neck, shoulder or wrist, upon your visit these will also be examined and if appropriate treated alongside the elbow.

Goals of Chiropractic Care The main goals of chiropractic care in the treatment of Joint Sprain include:

  • Reduce pain
  • Reduce the risk of re injury
  • Improve strength and stability
  • Improve muscle firing patterns
  • Stimulate nerves
  • Improve joint function