If you have elbow pain, several disorders could be the culprit. Overuse and sports injuries cause many elbow conditions. For example, golfers, tennis players, boxers and baseball pitchers often have elbow disorders.
Elbow disorders may involve arm muscles, elbow ligaments, tendons, and bones in the arm and the treatments for the condition depend on the underlying cause.
Elbow pain usually isn’t serious, but because you use your elbow in so many ways, it can be very frustrating. Your elbow is a complex joint; it allows you to both extend and flex, as well as rotate your hand and forearm. Since most movements are a combination of these actions, you may sometimes find it difficult to describe exactly which movement brings on the pain.
Elbow Joint Pain
There are many cases of elbow pain that are seen in patients that are directly caused by injury.
Fractures: The bones of the elbow can break (fracture) into the elbow joint or adjacent to the elbow joint. Typically, elbow fracture causes sharp pain in the elbow, and X-ray imaging is used to make a diagnosis. Fractures generally require immobilization and casts and can require orthopedic surgery, involving pinning or open joint procedures.
Tendonitis: The tissue connecting muscle to bone becomes inflamed.The condition causes pain and tenderness just outside a joint.While tendinitis can occur in any of your body’s tendons, it’s most common around your shoulders, elbows, wrists, knees and heels. Some common names for elbow tendinitis are; tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow. Tennis elbow pain usually starts small and gradually increases and treatment for it includes rest, pain relievers, and physical therapy.
Dislocation: Elbow dislocation occurs when one of the bones in elbow joint move out of place. The cause of most Elbow dislocations is usually a fall, most commonly with the arm all the way out. However, any traumatic injury (such as a car crash) can result in an elbow dislocation.
Bursitis: Inflammation of the fluid-filled pads (bursae) that act as cushions at the joints. Bursitis occurs most often at joints that perform frequent repetitive motion. Treatment usually involves conservative measures, such as rest, ice and taking a pain reliever. If conservative measures don’t work, treatment may include medication, therapy, injections, assistive device and even surgery.
How chiropractor helps with Elbow pain?
An experienced and qualified healthcare professional such as a Chiropractor can examine the exact cause of the Elbow pain and initiate the proper care and treatment. This might include some tests such as X-Ray, electrotherapy, massage, hot and cold treatments, home stretching and exercises. Chiropractor Dr. Jas Walia has proven that chiropractic adjustments are extremely safe and effective in management of elbow pain and overall health.
If you or someone you know has been suffering from Elbow Pain, don’t hesitate to reach out to Dr. Walia at the Seattle Chiropractic Spine and Injury Center.