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Tennis Elbow And Chiropractic
Chiropractic Treatment And Tennis Elbow
The term 'Tennis elbow' is used to describe pain found on the outer part of the elbow and the upper part of the forearm.
The pain is due to inflammation of the tendon and bony protuberance at the outer part of the elbow, the lateral epicondyle.
The problem is not there because of a problem with the elbow. It is an overuse injury to a tendon that inserts on the outside of the elbow called the common extensor tendon, which is part of the muscles that bends the wrist into extension.
Symptoms Of Tennis Elbow
Pain over the outside elbow, which may travel up or down the arm
Tenderness over the outside of the elbow
Pain when lifting or bending the arm
Difficulty extending the forearm fully
Pain when gripping, lifting and carrying
Pain and discomfort can continue for as little as 3 weeks or as long as several years, if untreated.
It is an overuse injury cused by repetitive, forceful movements at
the wrist, which bring the knuckles upwards or when you resist that movement. For example, hitting a back hand shot in racket sports or playing golf.
This causes the attachment of the
muscles at the outer part of the elbow to be placed under considerable
tension and may cause a tear in the
muscle or tendon.
Tennis and other racquet sports. However, only 5% of those patients who suffer from tennis elbow are actually tennis players.
DIY and Gardening can also cause tennis elbow.
Treatment Of Tennis Elbow
1st Part Of The Treatment
It is important to reduce the inflammation and to rest the wrist as much as possible.
The use of ice is very effective in the first 2 to 3 days, although it is sometimes used for a longer period.
Sometimes a tennis elbow brace or an elbow strap may be needed, particularly if the problem persists. A normal elbow support is not helpful.
The chiropractor will examine and treat any area relating to the
function of the elbow and muscles of the forearm, such as the wrist,
shoulder and neck. Having a neck problem is likely to predispose you to have tennis elbow, especially if you have tennis elbow on the non-dominant side, or if you are a chronic and recurrent sufferer.
2nd Part Of The Treatment
It is important to increase the blood circulation to the tissues.
This can be done by alternating hot and cold and massaging the muscles
to relieve stress and tension.
When pain has subsided, it is possible to undertake a rehabilitation
programme of power stretching exercise for the elbow and the affected
muscles, taking care that the exercises are done slowly and carefully so
as not to make the condition reoccur.
How Do You Prevent Tennis Elbow?
Most tennis elbow injuries occur either at the beginning of a game of
tennis (as a result of poor warm up techniques) or at the end of a game
(when you are fatigued).
Always warm up and stretch muscles before exercising and cool down.
Another important part of injury prevention should also include a review of your technique and equipment used in sports and office environment.
If you have a neck problem predisposing you to have a tennis elbow, it would make sense to have chiropractic care based on the
For more information on how chiropractic could help you
and your family, please contact us here at the ISIS Chiropractic