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Elbow Pain

There are many causes of elbow pain. The elbow joint is a complex joint that allows flexing and extending the arm and also twisting and turning of the hand and wrist. Causes of elbow pain include: bursitis, tendonitis, irritated nerves, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, arthritis, and injuries such as strains and sprains, fracture, stress fracture, dislocation, sports injuries, and overuse injuries.

Elbow injuries (fracture, disclocation)

Elbow fractures or dislocation occur when there is a break or dislocation in one of the two bones that make up the elbow. They occur due to a force suddenly applied to the elbow bones. They can occur from a major trauma such as an auto accident, sports injury or even just a fall from standing. They can be very painful and cause significant swelling and bruising.

Elbow pain and swelling can persist long after the bones or dislocation have healed. Chiropractic care and physical therapy for elbow fractures can alleviate these chronic symptoms by manipulation of the joint, stretching exercises, strengthening exercises, and range of motion exercises. Acupuncture also works to alleviate the pain associated with elbow fractures.


Elbow injuries (strains and sprains)

Sprains of the elbow occur when a force is applied to the elbow that partially tears the ligaments that hold the bones together. Strains occur when the muscles or tendons that move the elbow are partially torn. They can occur from a major trauma such as an auto accident, sports injury or even just a fall from standing. They can be very painful and cause significant swelling and bruising.

Elbow pain and swelling can persist long after the, ligaments and tendons have healed. Chiropractic care and physical therapy for elbow strains and sprains can alleviate these chronic symptoms by manipulation of the joint, stretching exercises, strengthening exercises, and range of motion exercises. Acupuncture also works to alleviate the pain associated with elbow strains and sprains.


Elbow bursitis

Bursae are small fluid-filled sacs located throughout the body around bones, joints and tendons. They act as protective cushions and help reduce friction of the muscles and tendons while they are moving.

Elbow bursitis is inflammation of the bursa around the elbow joint. It is often caused by injury or overuse. Inflammation of the bursa can be severely painful. It causes limited range of motion of the elbow and inability to perform normal arm range of motion.

Chiropractic care and physical therapy for elbow bursitis includes joint manipulation, stretching exercises, strengthening exercises, and range of motion exercises. Acupuncture is also helpful in the treatment of elbow bursitis.


Cubital and radial tunnel syndromes

Cubital tunnel syndrome occurs when the ulnar nerve is irritated on the inside of the elbow joint. Radial tunnel syndrome occurs when the radial nerve is irritated around the elbow joint. Similar to the much more well know carpal tunnel syndrome, symptoms of these nerve compression syndromes include pain, numbness and tingling and weakness in the arms and hands.

Causes of cubital and radial tunnel syndromes include repeated pressure on the elbow on a hard surface, repetitive use injuries, work related injuries and elbow trauma.

Chiropractic care and physical therapy for cubital and radial tunnel syndromes includes joint manipulation, stretching exercises, strengthening exercises, and range of motion exercises. Identification and avoidance of the causes are important in the treatment as well. Acupuncture is also helpful in the treatment of cubital and radial tunnel syndromes.


Elbow arthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis of the elbow. This type of arthritis is caused by wear and tear of the elbow joint. It occurs due to range of motion of the elbow over time and wearing away of the cartilage. It can also be related to an injury or repetitive use such as work or sports.

Symptoms of elbow arthritis include pain of the elbow joint, inflammation of the elbow joint, decreased range of motion, stiffness of the joint, and a grinding sensation known as crepitus.

Chiropractic care and physical therapy for elbow arthritis can alleviate symptoms by manipulation of the joint, stretching exercises, strengthening exercises, and range of motion exercises. Acupuncture also works to alleviate the pain associated with elbow arthritis.


Tennis elbow

The medical term for tennis elbow is lateral epicondylitis. Tennis elbow occurs a majority of the time in people whom do not play tennis. It is a repetitive use injury that occurs from inflammation of the muscles and tendons around the elbow joint.

Symptoms of tennis elbow include pain that is usually on the outside of the forearm. Flexion and extension of the elbow joint lead to pain. There can be weakness and limited range of motion of the elbow joint.

Chiropractic care and physical therapy for tennis elbow can alleviate symptoms by manipulation of the joint, stretching exercises, strengthening exercises, and range of motion exercises. Acupuncture also works to alleviate the pain associated with tennis elbow.


Golfers Elbow

The medical term for golfer’s elbow is medial epicondylitis. Golfer’s elbow occurs a majority of the time in people whom do not play golf. It is a repetitive use injury that occurs from inflammation of the muscles and tendons around the elbow joint.

Symptoms of golfer’s elbow include pain that is usually on the inside of the forearm. Flexion and extension of the elbow joint lead to pain. There can be weakness and limited range of motion of the elbow joint.


Chiropractic care and physical therapy for golfers elbow

can alleviate symptoms by manipulation of the joint, stretching exercises, strengthening exercises, and range of motion exercises. Acupuncture also works to alleviate the pain associated with golfer’s elbow.

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