Elbow pain can have a significant impact on people’s daily lives. Not only pain, but elbow dysfunction can also create problems in the hand and wrist. Many people who suffer from elbow pain notice a deterioration in the function of their hands, particularly grip strength.
Elbow pain is especially common among people who play racket or stick sports, such as golf, hockey, tennis, badminton or table tennis. It is also a common condition in people who do manual or repetitive work.
Types of elbow pain:
Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow), medial epicondylitis (golfer’s elbow), fractures, muscle imbalances and joint arthritis.
Causes of elbow pain:
Repetitive microtrauma (golfer’s/tennis elbow)
Overuse (manual work)
Poor posture (rounding of the shoulder forward)
Underlying disease or pathology (rare)
What is the most common cause of elbow pain?
Once any underlying disease or problem, such as a fracture, has been ruled out, the most common cause of elbow pain is mechanical in nature. Elbow pain is usually the result of poor shoulder stability and position. This causes excessive stress and strain on the elbow joint as a compensatory pattern on the part of the shoulder and spine. Overuse injuries are very common.
How can chiropractic help shoulder pain?
There can be many factors in the cause of your elbow pain, so it is essential that we provide an accurate diagnosis.
During this examination, we will perform a series of orthopaedic, neurological, postural and musculoskeletal tests to find out what the problem is. Once we have all this information, we will inform you of our findings.
From there we will create a personalised treatment plan, designed to help you recover naturally. Our treatment approach will include spinal adjustments, adjustments to the joints of the body, especially the upper extremities, muscle work, plus the prescription of rehabilitation exercises and stretches designed to improve your posture.
In the case of elbow pain, we will also examine the lifestyle factors that have led to the injury and help you make the necessary modifications to prevent future cases.
We use a variety of different chiropractic techniques, from manual adjustment to gentle, low force techniques. Depending on your needs and body type, we will provide you with a treatment style that suits your body.