Often, we think Chiropractic is only for neck or back pain. In fact, Chiropractic care can allow your entire body to function better and can help a variety of conditions. This is especially true for athletes and those who have repeated-use injuries or strains, such as tennis elbow.
By working to remove any barriers to communication between your brain and organs, we allow your body to heal on its own while performing optimally.
We see many people in our office suffering from this condition, among other extremity issues.
What is Tennis Elbow?
Tennis Elbow (aka: lateral epicondylitis) is a painful condition that is caused by an inflammation of the tendons that join the forearm muscles on the outside of the elbow. Due to repetitive motions of the wrist and arm, these muscles can become irritated and cause radiating pain through the forearm.
Because of the pain, weakness, and burning may impact your ability to:
- Grip or shake a hand with strength
- Turn a doorknob
- Hold a coffee cup
Often times plumbers, painters, bartenders, carpenters, and chefs are more prone to these symptoms, due to repetitive motion of the arm and wrist. Painting, driving screws, weightlifting, or cutting food ingredients, especially meat are typical culprits behind tennis elbow.
Ways to Treat Tennis Elbow
Typically, the most common methods of treatment for tennis elbow are:
- Rest from vigorous activities
- Specific exercises
- OTC pain meds
- Anti-inflammatory medicines/injections
- Wearing a Brace
But did you know that there might be a natural, non-surgical option available to you, too?
How Chiropractic Can Help
Chiropractic can remove pressure on the nerves that control the muscles in the elbow. By using safe, specific adjustments, we can restore proper function to these muscles and relieve the pain in the elbow. Research shows significant improvements in handgrip strength and reduced elbow pain in patients with chiropractic care!
Furthermore, a study (1) demonstrated that upper neck adjustments actually decreased elbow pain and increased grip strength in patients with tennis elbow. We’ve seen many people in our office, whose tennis elbow pain has resolved while under care. This is because the nervous system controls everything in the body and chiropractic can help you function at your best!
(1)Galindez-Ibarbengoetxea, X., Sequani, I., Andersen, L. L., Ramírez-Velez, R., González-Isla, M., Jauregui, A., & Inquired, M. (2017). Effects of cervical high- velocity low-amplitude techniques on range of motion, strength performance, and cardiovascular outcomes: A review. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.