The elbow is an intricate and vital part of the arm function. Its structure of tendons, joint, ligaments and muscles all work together to move the hands, forearms, and wrists for a myriad of activities for daily routine work, activities, sports and hobbies.
What are the common causes of elbow pain?
Because so many jobs, sports, daily activities and routines require highly repetitive movements of the arm, wrist and hands, many of the injuries to the elbow are mainly due to overuse. Unlike other joints that are stronger and more resilient, the elbow in its intricate design is less likely to stand up to the high use over the years of wear-and-tear without some effects of tendinitis, or strain on the tendons, which are typical of overuse.
Other causes include:
- Ligament sprains and tears
- Tennis elbow (pain on the outside of the elbow)
- Golfer’s elbow (pain occurs on the inside of the elbow)
- Nursemaids elbow (slight, but painful dislocation of the elbow, especially among small children if lifted by one arm or swung by the arms)
- Pitcher’s elbow
How can elbow pain affect your life?
Elbow pain can interrupt daily activities, routines, even sports and job requirements, especially when the pain may spread into your forearm and wrist. This can decline productivity as well as the enjoyment and quality of life.
When to see a doctor?
When pain and inflammation occur on the elbow and the tendons of your forearm muscles become painful and irritated, then one can first try helping it with rest and appropriate treatment. This can include: stopping the activity for a few days, resting, using ice packs, using a compression bandage and elevating the elbow.
However, if there is an increase of redness, swelling or pain in the injured area and pain or inflammation does not improve after several days of using the above recommendations, or if pain is experienced even when the arm is still then, then it is recommended to seek a doctor’s assistance.
What can a chiropractor do to help relieve elbow pain?
By adjusting and aligning the bone and joint structure a chiropractor can relieve elbow pain by using the body’s own structure to heal naturally to ensure the tendons, ligaments, muscles, connective tissues all work together. Also, blood circulation is increased to the injured area and overstressed ligaments and tendons are calmed, allowing for an even work load across all tendons, muscles and ligaments. When one of the components is misaligned or overstressed, inflammation can occur, causing pain and difficulty in the elbow, forearm, and wrist. A chiropractic manipulation of the elbow can bring all elements back into alignment to reduce pain and speed the recovery process.
For a professional consultation to see how a chiropractor can help relieve chronic elbow pain from accident or injury, contact Baker Chiropractic and Accident Rehabilitation. Call our office in Provo Utah at 801-210-0669 and speak with Dr. Baker, our resident Provo chiropractor.