When elbow pain becomes too much to bear or gets in the way of normal activities, Dr. Lipman can provide relief with chiropractic treatment from the Physical Evidence Chiropractic office located in Boca Raton, Florida.
Elbow Pain Q & A
by David Lipman, DC
What causes elbow pain?
Elbow pain typically occurs when repeated activities cause the muscles and tendons in the joint to become strained or inflamed. Pain often travels from the elbow into the wrist or hand and can even be triggered by hand movements such as gripping. Some of the most common types of elbow pain include:
- tennis elbow
- golfer's elbow
- ulnar nerve entrapment also called cubital tunnel syndrome
- ligament sprains
Elbow pain can develop following a direct impact to the joint or arm bones, or it can develop over time as a result of overuse and repetitive use.
What are golfer's elbow and tennis elbow?
Golfer's elbow and tennis elbow are two conditions that involve inflammation of the tendons in the elbow joint. In golfer's elbow, the tendons on the inside of the elbow are affected, while tennis elbow involves the tendons on the outside of the joint. Both conditions occur as a result of strain and overuse, and they can occur in athletes as well as people who don't participate in golf, tennis, or any other type of sport. Symptoms of both conditions are also similar and include:
- pain that grows progressively worse and is focused on either the front or back portion of the arm and elbow
- pain that increases when lifting, grabbing or squeezing an object or when performing tasks like opening jar lids
- sometimes the conditions can also cause a weak grip
How does chiropractic care work to relieve pain?
Pain occurs when nerves send off a specific type of signal to the brain. These signals are interpreted as pain. Chiropractic care focuses on nerve issues that can cause pain, helping to relieve nerve compressions and impingements that can be a source of many types of pain. It also uses tissue manipulation and adjustment techniques to promote better circulation and to improve lymphatic drainage so toxins associated with inflammation can be removed from the tissues more efficiently. Massage techniques, cold laser therapy, and ultrasound also help by breaking down tight bands of tissue that cause pain and stiffness to restore normal, pain-free range of motion.