Chiropractors are known to help with spinal health and alignment. However, there are several other things chiropractors can provide treatment for.
Is elbow pain on that list? You bet it is! Chiropractors are skilled at treating all sorts of musculoskeletal issues in the body, including several conditions that cause elbow pain.
Common Types of Elbow Pain
One of the most common types of elbow pain results from overuse of the joint, which can result in strain or more severe injury. Athletes are typically the most prone to such injuries, although your every day Joe or Jane can also experience elbow pain as a result of repetitive motion or work.
Elbow pain comes in many forms, including:
- Tennis Elbow
- Golfer’s Elbow
- Elbow Sprain
- Elbow Strain
Pain and inflammation are typical symptoms of these injuries listed above. So is misalignment; where the joint connecting the forearm and upper arm isn’t “in line” with the other, causing lower function in the arm and symptoms in the joints.
Cold laser therapy combined with chiropractic adjustments can help eliminate symptoms you might be experiencing by realigning the elbow and activating the cells to kickstart the healing process at a faster rate.
Tennis elbow happens in both the tendons and muscles in the forearm extending down to the wrist and fingers. This type of elbow pain isn’t necessarily tied to playing too much tennis, but rather stems from overuse of the muscles, ligaments and tendons.
Tennis elbow occurs primarily where the tendons of your forearm muscles attach to a bony bump on the outside of your elbow.
Symptoms of tennis elbow include:
- Pain in the forearm
- Pain during physical activity
- Fatigue in the arm and its joints
- Varying pain at different times of the day
- Soreness and tenderness
- Elbow pain when grabbing objects
- Soreness in the forearms
- Resistant pain that doesn’t react to treatment
- Numbness or weakness
Keep in mind these symptoms refer to the arm and elbow. If you think you have tennis elbow, consider contacting your local chiropractor as they can help treat the underlying causes and resulting symptoms.
Not as well-known as tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow is a form of tendonitis where inflammation occurs in the tendons that connect the forearm to the elbow. While tennis elbow occurs in tendons on the outside of the elbow, golfer’s elbow occurs in tendons on the inside and is less common.
Symptoms include the following:
- Pain along the forearm and inner elbow, especially during movements
- Elbow stiffness
- Weak hands and wrists
- Numbness and tingling of the hands and fingers
Golfer’s elbow is another musculoskeletal condition easily diagnosed by chiropractors. Remember that postponing treatment of elbow pain may increase your chances of further injury. Also see:
Elbow Sprains and Strains
Elbow sprains and strains can happen in everyday life and lead to pain, inflammation, swelling, bruising, and limited motion of the elbow. Some ways these can occur:
- Breaking a fall with your arm
- Lifting weights
- Hitting your elbow hard on something
- Repetitive motions
An elbow strain is sustained when your forearm flexor and extensor muscles become torn as a result of extending beyond their range of motion. On the other hand, elbow sprains occurs when one of the three primary ligaments supporting the elbow gets overstretched.
Muscle sprains and strains are often a precursor to more serious injuries like golfer’s and tennis elbow. Learn more:
This is more common for those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. When arthritis spreads to the elbow, the following symptoms may occur:
- Swelling / Redness
- Inability for full range of motion
- Difficulty straightening elbow
Several pre-existing conditions may result in elbow arthritis. Learn more:
Diagnosing Elbow Pain
When you first begin to experience pain in your elbow, it is important to seek out medical treatment for diagnosis by a healthcare professional – whether that is a chiropractor or physician is up to you. They will first perform a physical exam, ask you about symptoms and what may have caused the injury.
In some cases, an MRI, X-Ray or ultrasound of the area may be ordered to further diagnose the injury. Both chiropractors and physicians are qualified to refer you to get an MRI, X-Ray, or elsewhere for further assessment and treatment by another healthcare professional.
How Chiropractors Treat Elbow Pain
One of the most successful treatments for those with elbow pain is for a chiropractor to perform a spinal manipulation of the neck. This can help minimize any sensation of radiating pain felt in the arm and elbow.
According to this article from The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics:
“In this study, patients that had outside elbow pain had a significant decrease in measurable pain to touch with their neck adjusted (cervical manipulation) … This study is showing that if there is a restriction at the neck this can affect the nerves entering from the elbow and by removing that restriction (and irritation to the nerve where it enters) that you can have decreased pain at the elbow.”
Chiropractic treatment of elbow pain can also include the following:
- Elbow adjustments
- Myofascial release
- Physical therapy
- Cold laser therapy
If you are in Calgary, we encourage you to reach out to us for a chiropractic assessment for your elbow pain. Chiropractors are trained to assess and diagnose injuries relating to the body’s structure, which includes the elbow.
Have Questions about Elbow Pain?
Reach out to our team at Revelation Health Centre in order to schedule an assessment. Dr. Battershill has more than 30 years of experience in helping treat elbow pain and other related symptoms / conditions in Calgary. We offer no-obligation consultations!