4 Things You May Not Know About Elbow Pain
Tennis Elbow or lateral epicondylitis is a term to describe pain that can be sharp or burining on the outside of the elbow and is a common term used among tennis players and other athletes. However, tennis elbow in Friendswood can arise from many activities that require repetitive movements.
"Despite its name, tennis elbow is only rarely related to playing tennis – though it’s estimated as many as 70 percent of tennis players will eventually develop the condition. More often, it’s office workers or construction workers or factory workers or musicians – anyone who engages in the same sort of repetitive activity with their hands, day after day." Says the American Chiropractic Association.
Symptoms associated with this condition usually come on gradually and include:
- Tenderness on the outside of the elbow
- Morning stiffness of the elbow with persistent aching
- Soreness of the forearm muscles
- Elbow pain is worse when grasping or holding an object
Over time, if symptoms are not treated, symptoms may become worse and can become debilitating for those who experience elbow pain such as:
- Decreased movement or range of motion
- Pain that interferes with daily activities
- Weakness or numbness in the hand, including decreased grip strength
Pain in the elbow can arise from other conditions such as a muscle strain, muscle spasm, or tendonitis - a condition of inflammed tendons. Pain symptoms should not be ignored. Seeing a medical professional, such as a Chiropractor, can help by taking a full medical history and making a diagnosis to determine the best approach for treatment.
A Chiropractor is trained not only to diagnose conditions, but also develop a treatment plan best suited for each specific individual. Treatments, including spinal manipulation designed to free any compression of spinal nerves that feed the arm, can include myofascial release, electrical stimulation, or instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization.
Other treatments may be administered such as therapeutic exercise and injury specific stretches to not only strengthen the muscles and prevent reoccurring pain, but lengthen muscles that may be out of balance.
If you're suffering from elbow pain, don't wait. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Haywood at Forever Well Chiropractic in Friendswood, TX. He will be able to discuss your issues and determine the best approach for your needs.