Tennis elbow affects more than just tennis enthusiasts. Caused by inflammation of the tendons in the elbow due to overuse of the muscles in the forearm, virtually anyone can develop tennis elbow, or epicondylitis.
Typing for several hours at a time, driving a stick shift, too many bicep curls at the gym are all ways to develop tennis elbow. One thing is for certain, however it’s developed, tennis elbow can be a major pain.
Symptoms of Tennis Elbow
Tennis elbow is not difficult to diagnose, but people tend to let it go untreated for much too long worsening their condition in the process. You may have epicondylitis if you’re experiencing pain on the outside of the elbow while doing the following activities:
- Squeezing objects
- Leaning on a hard surface
- Lifting moderately heavy objects
- Shaking hands with others
Treatments for Tennis Elbow
At Home Treatment
First bit of advice is to rest the affected arm. Remember, tennis elbow is caused by repeated use so give it a good rest and see if that helps. If you absolutely cannot avoid activity, a counter-force brace may work to support the arm and reduce the impact to the elbow. If you’re in the midst of experiencing the pain, icing for up to 30 minutes at a time at 3 hour intervals should help.
Medications that reduce swelling like ibuprofen or naproxen will lessen the pain. Try to be proactive to ward off symptoms and take some before the onset of activity. Often times, people will feel the effects upon waking in the morning. Having medication on the ready is a good move.
Chiropractic Treatment of Tennis Elbow
Chiropractors specialize in caring for the joints in the body and are not limited to spinal treatments. Often times, issues in your joints can be traced back to misaligned joints elsewhere. In the case of tennis elbow, you could be suffering misalignment in your shoulder or neck. Your chiropractor will be able to determine if this is the case and work toward proper alignment.
Increasing blood flow to the area through chiropractic treatment is one way that a chiropractor can help with tennis elbow. Methods to increase the blood flow range from acupuncture and ultrasound to cold laser therapies. Increased circulation helps to reduce any spasms in the forearm which will ultimately prevent tendons in the elbow from swelling.
Although you may be able to get rid of your tennis elbow by implementing some at home methodologies or through your chiropractor, it will most definitely come back if you’re not careful. If you’re a fitness enthusiast, check that you’re maintaining proper form during activity as this is frequently a cause of the condition. If you find that your condition could be caused by a more benign activity that’s cemented in your daily routine (such as typing), take frequent breaks to rest and stretch your forearm muscles.
Think you may have tennis elbow and live in the Redondo Beach area? Contact Catalina Medical Center to get chiropractic treatment for your tennis elbow.