Elbow pain

Therapy for resolving pain with medication or surgery

About Elbow Pain

Chiropractic care is a safe and effective physical therapy for resolving elbow pain without medication or surgery.

Chiropractic manipulation combined with functional rehabilitative exercises will not only help to relieve your pain, but also teach you how your daily activities are affecting the tissues around the joint and ways you can prevent your pain from coming back.

The elbow joint is comprised of three bones, which allow for it to move in two planes of motion: flexion/extension (like bicep curls) and pronation/supination (when you turn your arm from palm facing down to palm facing up).

These ranges of motion, coupled with muscles, ligaments, and tendons meeting at this joint can sometimes cause these tissues to become inflamed or irritated.

However, overexertion, overuse, infection, genetics, nerve impingement, and degenerative diseases are also mechanisms of elbow injury. Chiropractic physical therapy for elbow pain can help significantly.

elbow pain

Some common causes of elbow pain include:

  • Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
  • Golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis)
  • Triceps tendonitis
  • Olecranon bursitis
  • Iliotibial band syndrome 

Tennis Elbow (lateral epicondylitis)

This is a repetitive, overuse injury that can be caused by excessive wrist extension and supination (turning the arm to palm facing up). Tennis is associated with this condition in <10% of all patients, however, about 50% of tennis players will develop it at some time when they are actively playing.

It can also be seen in people with new use of their wrist if previously sedentary and with certain occupations (handling tools, handling loads, working with vibrating machinery).

The hallmark sign of tennis elbow is pain at the lateral epicondyle and/or painful active wrist extension with or without painful active supination. It can also be provoked with passive wrist flexion with or without passive wrist pronation.

Golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis)

Golfer’s elbow is very similar to tennis elbow, with the only real difference being the location of pain and activities/motions that cause it.

Golfer’s elbow is characterized pain on the inside of the elbow. In some cases, pain radiating pain may be felt down the inside of the forearm while trying to grip an object. It can also be caused by a single violent jolt, but more often shows up as a result of repetitive overuse.

Golfer’s are susceptible to this injury, but risk also extends to other types of people, some not even athletes. Just the same as tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow can show up in people with new use of their wrist if previously sedentary and with certain occupations (handling tools, handling loads, working with vibrating machinery).

Most commonly, we will see athletic injuries or overuse causing elbow pain. In these cases we do our best to narrow down the root cause of your elbow pain as it could potentially be referred pain from another structure that is injured.

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Mobility Plus Downtown Seattle Chiropractic Care

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