Elbow Pain and Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow is a common condition. It is estimated that as many as one in three people have tennis elbow at any given time.

Tennis elbow or clinically known as lateral epicondylitis, is a condition that causes pain around the outside of the elbow. It doesn’t just affect tennis players, it can affect anyone and often occurs as a result of strenuous, repetitive overuse of the muscles and tendons of the forearm. When these muscles and tendons that attach on to the elbow (lateral epicondyle) are subjected to stress and repetitive strain, tiny micro-tears can develop around the site. This leads to pain, swelling, and inflammation.

Your pain may get worse when you;

  • grip something, for example shaking someone’s hand or pouring the kettle
  • using your keyboard or mouse
  • twisting your forearm, for example opening a jar or a door handle.

Chiropractic Care for Tennis Elbow

The good news is that most mild cases of tennis elbow are self-limiting. This means with rest and self-help treatments it will gradually get better without the need to seek intervention. However, if your symptoms don’t improve after a couple of weeks or you wish to speed up your recovery, chiropractic care can help facilitate the healing process.

Chiropractic treatment involves a very effective combination of manipulation of the joints around the elbow and massage/acupuncture (dry needling) of the muscles of the forearm. Both help to reduce pain and improve range of motion at the elbow joint.

Herts Family Chiropractic’s holistic approach means any postural issues in your shoulder, neck and upper back that may be linked to the development of this condition will be addressed. Lifestyle modifications will also be recommended to help prevent the recurrence of your condition.

Here are some self-help top tips:

  • Use a cold compress (ideally an ice pack) for 10 minutes over the painful elbow regularly, to help settle the inflammation and ease your pain.
  • If your tennis elbow is caused by an activity that involves placing repeated strain on your elbow joint, such as tennis, or manual jobs involving twisting your forearm, changing your technique may alleviate the problem.
  • Stretching the muscles of the forearm regularly.

If you are unsure as to whether chiropractic care can help with your elbow pain, please contact the clinic on 07947678375 to discuss your symptoms and we will be able to offer you some advice.