Pain of the outside of the elbow, known as Tennis Elbow, is a tendonitis and is called Lateral Epicondylitis. The cause of this condition is repetitive overuse of the extensor muscles of the forearm. The injury occurs where the tendons of the forearm attach to the bony knob on the outside of the elbow. The pain primarily occurs where the tendons attach, but the pain can also extend from the outer elbow into the forearm and wrist. Tennis elbow is most common in adults between the ages of 30 and 50, but can affect people of any age.
Tennis Elbow can be caused be any activity which overuses the forearm and wrist: typing on a keyboard, using the mouse, playing an instrument, fishing, painting, playing sports, plumbing, gardening, housework, and much more. The problem is that once the elbow area is inflamed and painful, even simple activities of daily living can aggravate the condition. Turning a door knob, lifting a bag, shaking hands, or holding a glass can cause pain and reveal actual weakness.
Tennis Elbow is often associated with subluxations (misalignments) of the cervical spine (neck). This is because the cervical spine is the area that supplies the nerve flow to muscles and tendons of the elbow.
How Can We Help?
At Chiropractic Arts Center of Austin, P.C., our approach is very specific and effective. We will begin with a detailed consultation, examination, and x-rays (except in inappropriate situations), so that we know exactly what and where your problem is. We would also rule out any conditions which would not be appropriate for care in our office and direct you to the appropriate type of provider if necessary. We want to know what your goals are and what you would like to do that you are currently missing out on. With the information we find upon your visit, combined with your goals, we will create a customized care plan to correct the problem.
Tennis Elbow can heal with conservative care consisting of specific adjustments of the cervical spine and elbow; trigger point therapy to the offending muscles, Cold Laser; and sometimes an elbow support or tape to allow the injured areas to heal. Home care recommendations included the use of ice, not heat. We also recommend specific stretches and exercises to strengthen and rehabilitate the injured areas. Our primary concern is to help you return to a healthy life as quickly as possible.
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