Your chiropractor will be able to identify the structures that have been damaged in your elbow and place you on a plan of care to stretch, strengthen and get your elbow functioning properly again. He or she may use adjustments, physiotherapeutic modalities, such as ultrasound, and various types of exercises to promote and restore healthy tissue and movement in the elbow.
Lateral Epicondylitis Also known as Tennis Elbow, a pain in the outer side of the upper arm and elbow.
Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)
Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow) is an inflamation, pain or soreness on the outside of the upper arm or elbow. This elbow pain could be caused due to a partial tear in the tendons around the elbow, that connect the muscle and bone.
What is the cause of Tennis Elbow?
Tennis Elbow is primarily caused by overuse of the muscles and tendons in and around the elbow, often seen in sports people that consistently use their arms (ie. Tennis or Golf). Over time, small tears occur in the tendons, which cause pain and irritation in the muscles, in this case resulting in elbow pain.
Tennis Elbow can also be seen in activities that involve constant twisting of the wrist, therefore painters, plumbers, construction workers, chefs and butchers are also more likely to develop the condition.
What are the Symptoms of Tennis Elbow?
Tennis Elbow is displayed by elbow pain that gradually worsens. This elbow pain radiates from the outside of the elbow to the forearm and back of the hand, when grabbing or twisting the wrist. It is also symptomised by a weak grasp.
What are the treatments for Tennis Elbow?
The primary treatment for Tennis Elbow is rest. Avoiding the activity that caused the elbow pain is essential, for up to 2-3 weeks. Along with rest, applying ice to the area will also help reduce any swelling and also provide elbow pain relief.
If the elbow pain is a sport related injury, a new technique should be used to ensure that the pain does not reoccur. Also the equipment you are using should be checked and alternatives should be tried.
The Joint Treatment Centre also provides a number of services that can provide pain relief and help with any issues. Dry Needling, Neuromuscular Therapy and Shockwave Therapy will all provide lasting pain relief.
If you feel like you could benefit from any of these treatments or would like further information on Tennis Elbow, please do not hesitate to contact us.