All About Tennis Elbow and Pain Management
Tennis elbow pain or lateral epicondylitis (or if it is on the inside or medial aspect of the elbow it is called golfers elbow) a term that is used to describe the pain found on the outer part of the elbow as well as the upper part of the forearm. This kind of pain occurs due to inflammation of the bony protuberance or lateral epicondyle and the tendon located at the outer part of your elbow. The problem occurs due to the overuse of this part of the arm. The condition is quite common today, and millions of patients across the country suffer from it. This article provides information on the effectiveness of chiropractic care for tennis elbow.
Even though the condition is known as tennis elbow, only a small group of people actually get it from playing tennis. Most patients get the condition due to overexertion of this part of the arm. It is a very common injury that could be easily healed with the right type of treatments. In fact, you have to give the condition enough time and rest for it to heal effectively. Chiropractic treatments are some of the most effective in healing this type of condition and readily available at the Tebby Chiropractic and Sports Medicine Clinic in Charlotte NC.
Tennis elbow is actually a pain focused on the outside of your arm – exactly where the forearm would meet the elbow. The condition is related to the tendons and a muscle in the area. The tendons will connect the muscles to the bones in your body. Hence, when you use the arm in a repetitive motion, the muscle and tendons in the area may develop small tears as a result. These tears will lead to inflammation that will place stress on the rest of your arm. The condition will make it difficult for the patient to lift or grip things. This type of condition shouldn’t be left untreated for much longer time. It can become an ongoing or chronic condition when left untreated for a longer time. That is why it is important that you choose to visit a qualified and experienced chiropractor in the area for effective treatments.
The Causes of Tennis Elbow
Tennis elbow usually develops over time and is mostly associated with sports injuries. Repetitive motions — like gripping a racket during a swing — can place strain on the muscles and put too much stress on the associated tendons. This constant tugging can eventually cause microscopic tears in the surrounding tissue.
Tennis elbow might result from:
It can also affect people with jobs or hobbies that require repetitive arm movements or gripping such as:
It can also be associated with trauma such as:
The main symptoms of tennis elbow include:
- Pain over the outside elbow – that may travel up and down your arm
- Tenderness in the region
- Weakness of the wrist
- Pain when bending or lifting the arm
- Pain when lifting or carrying something
- Difficulty in extending the forearm
The pain and discomfort associated with tennis elbow can last from three weeks to several years. That is why you should treat the condition as early as possible to prevent it from affecting the quality of your life. Chiropractic pain treatments are found to be one of the most effective treatment methods for this condition. In fact, a qualified and experienced chiropractor with a back ground in sports medicine, will use a wide variety of methods such as myofascial release, physical rehabilitation, instrument assisted soft tissue techniques (IASTM), dry needling, pin-and-stretch cross-friction techniques, acupuncture, and laser treatments for the condition. In fact, these techniques will provide far better results compared to anti-inflammatory drugs, pain medications or steroid injection therapy. The practitioner will make a thorough diagnosis in order to rule out other potential conditions before deciding on the best treatment plan for your condition. Make sure that you choose the right chiropractor in the area for treating your tennis elbow condition.
Another area that is showing promise is the area of regenerative therapy which would include PRP (platelet rich plasma) and stem cell therapy. Please feel free to contact the clinic regarding our Charlotte doctors providing these treatment plans.
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