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Tennis Elbow Treatment
Tennis elbow and chiropractors are a natural fit. Tennis elbow usually refers to pain in the outer part of the elbow and the upper part of the forearm. This pain is caused by inflammation of the tendon when it rubs against the bony protuberance at the outer part of the elbow. The adjustments done by the chiropractor can realign the entire body and reduce pressure on the elbow ligaments.
The most common symptoms of tennis elbow include pain over the outside elbow, which can also radiate up or down the arm, wrist weakness, tenderness over the outside of the elbow, and difficulty extending the forearm. pain when lifting or bending the arm may also be a sign of a ligament problem, along with pain when gripping or carrying an object. The pain from tennis elbow generally lasts for about 6 to 12 weeks, but can also persist for years if the problem is not corrected by a chiropractor.
Tennis elbow is considered an overuse injury, caused by repetitive, forceful movements of the wrist. This forces the thumb to move outwards and the palm to move upwards, which shortens the muscles of the forearm. The point of attachment at the outer part of the elbow then becomes strained and any sudden movements may cause the tendon to tear. Despite the name, only about five percent of tennis elbow patients actually play racquet sports. Any repetitive motion can cause the injury, including gardening or typing.
Chiropractors will recommend certain treatment measures to relieve tennis elbow. The most important is to completely rest the elbow and ice it down to reduce the inflammation. An elbow brace or strap may be required if the problem continues and total rest is impossible. Your chiropractor can examine the problem and locate any problems with the function of the elbow and muscles of the forearm or wrist. A misalignment in the shoulders, neck, or back may lead to compensation injuries in the arms and elbows, so these adjustments may be enough to fix the problem for some people.
It is also crucial to increase the blood circulation to the elbow and forearm area. The chiropractor can do this by alternating hot and cold packs while massaging the muscles to relieve tension. Once the pain has subsided, a comprehensive rehabilitation and physical therapy program should be followed to regain strength and range of motion in the elbow and forearm.