For people who keep an active lifestyle, elbow pain can be a huge detriment. Unfortunately, elbow injuries are common, and can make continuing with activities quite challenging. Chiropractic, although most known as care for headaches, neck and back pain, has proven to be extremely successful at treating injuries and pain in the extremities, such as the elbows.
Golfer’s elbow, also known as medial epicondylitis, is one of the most common elbow injuries. This condition does not only affect golfers despite the name. It is characterized by pain on the medial side (inside) of the elbow. Numerous tendons connect or originate at the base of the elbow, and certain consistent or repetitive movements can cause these tendons to become inflamed, stiffen and become sore. In some cases, the pain can spread into the wrist.
Tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis, is very similar to golfer’s elbow except the pain is focused on the lateral side (outside) of the elbow instead of the medial side. Like golfer’s elbow, this condition is seen in many populations outside of tennis players. This condition is also characterized by difficulty with gripping and holding items such as doorknobs or coffee mugs, shaking hands, or other basic activities of daily living.
Chiropractors can analyze the elbow and determine if a joint in the area needs an adjustment or if it is a muscle and tendon issue that needs attention. Chiropractic adjustments are quick and easy and can provide quite a bit of relief.
Graston therapy is one of the best treatments for both golfer’s elbow and tennis elbow. This soft tissue technique works through the muscle and tendons of the surrounding area, releasing fascial adhesions, scar tissue, inflammation, and increases range of motion. After just a few of these treatments, results will be noticed.
Local Cryotherapy is another great option for elbow conditions. It is a great addition after graston to flush out inflammation, pain and bring in new oxygenated blood to the area to aid in the repair. The results are noticed quickly, and this will even lessen time needed for ice therapy at home.
In addition to these helpful therapies, CBD pain relief cream is also carried in the office and has been shown to be very effective in relieving pain. This is something that can be used at home and results are noticed immediately. It is a great option to have in addition to the chiropractic therapies to see quick results in the meantime.
In some cases when the pain has been persistent, and all other methods have not prevailed Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy has been found to be highly effective in treating stubborn elbow pain. PRP therapy not only decreases the pain and inflammation but is regenerative to help repair and heal the injury long term without these unwanted side effect.
Some orthopedists may recommend steroid injections to help with the inflammation and pain but steroids have known side effects, one being the fact that they degrade or break down the very tissue they are injected into (if used too often).
Regardless of where the pain in the elbow is originating from, it can still be an inconvenient part of living. While pain medications and other simple modalities can help temporarily, it is important to address the underlying issue at hand. This will allow you to continue activities quickly without concern of the pain immediately returning.
Chiropractic and regenerative medicine is a great and natural option for elbow conditions that’s provided by Health In Motion. We make sure each patient is given the care that meets their needs to get you back to health and wellness. Getting chiropractic care for your elbow pain is the best way to get relief.
Call us today at (386)-320-0325 for relief of your whiplash symptoms or for assistance in reaching optimal health.
Call us today at (386)-320-0325 for relief of your symptoms or for assistance in reaching optimal health.