What is Tennis Elbow?
Contrary to its name, you don’t have to be a tennis player to suffer from tennis elbow. Tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis, is an inflammation of the outside of the outside elbow bone and typically occurs from strenuous overuse of the muscles and tendons located in the forearm and around the elbow joint. Tennis elbow affects are seen more in men than women, and it typically affects people around the ages of 30 and 50, however, people of any age can be affected.
When you consistently repeat the same movements over and over again, your forearm muscles and tendons can be worn down and damaged, which can lead to tremendous pain and tenderness on the outside of the elbow.
What Causes Tennis Elbow?
The reason why tennis elbow has gotten its name is because of the repetitive nature of hitting hundreds of tennis balls which can lead to small rips in the forearm tendon connected at the elbow.
But playing tennis isn’t the only thing that can this condition. Basic life activities that causes you to overuse your forearm muscle can cause tennis elbow. Some of the common causes of tennis elbow include:
- Using a scissors/shears
- Sports that include endless amounts of throwing
- Manual labor that involves constant turning or lifting of the wrist
What Are The Symptoms of Tennis Elbow?
The symptoms of tennis elbow involve pain and tenderness in the bony knob on the exterior side of your elbow. This knob is the region where the injured tendons link together to the bone. The pain can also travel up the upper or into the lower arm. Even though tennis elbow causes all of the damage in the elbow, it is very likely to hurt even when doing things with your hands. Common signs of tennis elbow includes pain or burning on the outer region of your elbow and a weak grip strength.
- Tennis elbow may cause moderate to extreme pain when you:
- Lift Something
- Using your hands, such as opening a door or shaking hands
- Attempt to make a fist or grip an object
- Raise your hand or straighten your wrist
How Caron Chiropractic Clinic Can Help Your Tennis Elbow Symptoms
At Caron Chiropractic Clinic, we believe in a natural and holistic approach for tennis elbow without side-effects that are commonly seen with the use of medications and surgery. The good news is, there are drug-free treatments for tennis elbow. Approximately 80% to 95% of patients are successful with nonsurgical treatment options.
Chiropractic care has the ability to treat immediate symptoms of tennis elbow, reducing pain and reconstructing joint mobility to both reduce inflammation and give damaged tendons the ability to heal more quickly.
Some treatment options we offer at Caron Chiropractic Clinic to help the pain and symptoms of your tennis elbow include:
- Myofascial release
- Exercise Therapy
- Massage Therapy
Call Caron Chiropractic today and learn how you can reduce the pain and symptoms from your Tennis Elbow at 651-255-9999!