Many sports enthusiasts – and those whose work involves prolonged repetitive motion – experience persistent elbow pain. Elbow pain may sound like a relatively minor problem, but it can be both painful and detrimental to your active lifestyle – or to your work if it necessitates continued repetitive motion. An experienced chiropractor can help you move past your elbow pain.
The diagnostic term for inflammation in the tendons that attach to your elbow joint is Epicondylitis, but you’re probably more familiar with good old tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow. Your elbow joint has tendons on both sides – when the tendons on the same side as your thumb (lateral) are inflamed, it’s often referred to as tennis elbow; when the tendons on the same side as your pinky (medial) are inflamed, it’s often referred to as golfer’s elbow.
Cause and Effect
Epicondylitis is attributed to the inflammation of the tendons attached to your elbow joint, and it’s often caused by overuse of the muscles in your forearm. If you suffer from tennis elbow, you most likely experience pain that radiates from the outside of your elbow toward your forearm and wrist. The aching sensation can be constant or intermittent, flaring up when you reach, grab, lift, or move something. Golfer’s elbow, on the other hand, often presents as pain that occurs on the inside of your elbow when you make a fist or lift or twist your wrist, hand, and/or forearm.
The work of an experienced chiropractor is adjusting and manipulating the joints of your extremities, such as your elbow joint. When your elbow joint (or any joint) isn’t moving as it should, it can be an indication that your elbow’s tendons and/or ligaments are under excess force and tension. This undue force may be causing your epicondylitis or may be exacerbating your painful symptoms. Your chiropractor will work with you to find your path to an improved range of elbow motion and to decreased discomfort.
If Tennis Elbow Is Holding You Back, Contact a Tampa Bay Chiropractor Today
If you are experiencing discomfort from tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow, don’t suffer through and allow it to disrupt your active lifestyle. Instead, contact Tampa Bay Spine & Injury for an appointment today. Our multidisciplinary team provides truly integrated physical medicine, and we will work with you to help you overcome your nagging tennis elbow. We have two offices that are conveniently located in Brandon (813-381-3852) and St. Petersburg (727-898-3852), so please give us a call – or contact us online – to beat tennis elbow.