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Elbow Pain Relief

woman holding elbow in painElbow pain can be a bothersome and limiting issue, often affecting daily activities. At Alexander Chiropractic and Wellness, we specialize in diagnosing and helping with elbow pain. Most patients come in with one of two common conditions: lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow) and medial epicondylitis (golfer’s elbow). Our team is here to provide relief and get you back to doing what you love.
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The Most Common Culprits—Tennis Elbow and Golfer’s Elbow

Contrary to their names, tennis elbow, and golfer’s elbow may affect anyone, not just sports enthusiasts. The primary trigger for both conditions is repetitive motion, which is often also related to activities such as typing. These conditions are categorized as “epicondylitis,” with “itis” denoting inflammation. The epicondyles, the bony protrusions on either side of your elbow, serve as attachment points for forearm muscle tendons. Muscle inflammation, irritation, and overwork can result when a lot of repetitive motion occurs.

Lateral epicondylitis, or tennis elbow, usually results from overuse of the forearm muscles, particularly the extensor carpi radialis brevis muscle. On the other hand, medial epicondylitis, or golfer’s elbow, typically stems from the overuse of the pronator teres muscle on the inner side of the forearm. While these conditions may surface in tennis or golf players, they are frequently seen in individuals who engage in repetitive tasks, such as prolonged typing.

Diagnosing Your Pain

When you visit our practice for elbow pain, our chiropractors rely on a comprehensive diagnostic process that includes:

Patient History— understanding the symptoms and how activities may have contributed to your condition
Muscle Testing— evaluating the strength and flexibility of your forearm muscles
Palpation— carefully examining the affected area to identify the source of pain

Our thorough diagnostic approach ensures an accurate diagnosis, allowing us to create a personalized care plan tailored to your needs.
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Several Methods of Pain Relief

If you’re experiencing elbow pain, there are several steps we can take to help alleviate your discomfort and promote healing:

  • Chiropractic Adjustments—our experienced chiropractors use precise adjustments to alleviate tension in the affected tendons and joints
  • Soft Tissue Techniques—techniques like Active Release Technique (ART®) release tension in the inflamed tendons, providing relief and restoring functionality
  • Icing—cold therapy helps reduce inflammation and provides immediate relief
  • Shockwave Therapy—helps reduce the inflammation
  • Anti-Inflammatory Diet—reducing inflammation is crucial in managing tendonitis, so we recommend an anti-inflammatory diet to address the underlying issue
  • Conservative Measures—we may suggest using straps or tendonitis bands to support your healing process
  • Stretching and Exercises—tailored exercises and stretches strengthen the affected muscles and prevent future issues
  • Take Frequent Breaks—for those who continuously use their hands for their jobs, taking time away to stretch things out is crucial

Empowering Your Journey

Elbow pain can be challenging, but you don’t have to endure it alone. The team at Alexander Chiropractic and Wellness is here to support you in regaining comfort and functionality. Whether you’re an athlete, an office worker, or somewhere in between, we’re dedicated to helping you overcome elbow pain and return to doing what you love.

While severe cases may require pain management options, such as injections, most individuals find relief through chiropractic care, shockwave therapy, and our holistic approach to healing.

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