Tennis Elbow (pain)
The term ‘Tennis elbow’ is used to describe pain found on the outer part of the elbow and the upper part of the forearm. The pain is due to inflammation of the tendon and bony protuberance at the outer part of the elbow, the lateral epicondyle. The backhand swing in tennis can strain the muscles and tendons of the elbow in a way that leads to tennis elbow. But many other types of repetitive activities can also lead to tennis elbow: painting with a brush or roller, running a chain saw, and using many types of hand tools. Any activities that repeatedly stress the same forearm muscles can cause symptoms of tennis elbow.
Symptoms of Tennis Elbow
Pain over the outside elbow, which may travel up or down the arm
- Wrist weakness
- Tenderness over the outside of the elbow
- Pain when lifting or bending the arm
- Difficulty extending the forearm fully
- Pain when gripping, lifting and carrying
- Pain and discomfort can continue for as little as 3 weeks or as long as several years, if untreated.
Treatment of Tennis Elbow
- It is important to reduce the inflammation and to rest the wrist as much as possible.
- The use of ice is very effective in the first 2 to 3 days, although it is sometimes used for a longer period.
- Cross friction massage will help the scar tissue and healing of the tendon.
- Stretching the muscles and tendons so tissues can heal properly.
- The chiropractor will examine and treat any area relating to the function of the elbow and muscles of the forearm, such as the wrist, shoulder and neck. Having a neck problem is likely to predispose you to have tennis elbow, especially if you have tennis elbow on the non-dominant side, or if you are a chronic and recurrent sufferer.
How do you prevent Tennis Elbow?
Most tennis elbow injuries occur either at the beginning of a game of tennis (as a result of poor warm up techniques) or at the end of a game (when you are fatigued).
Always warm up and stretch muscles before exercising and cool down.
Another important part of injury prevention should also include a review of your technique and equipment used in sports and office environment.
If you have a neck problem predisposing you to have a tennis elbow, it would make sense to have chiropractic care based on the Chiropractor’s recommendations.
Carpal Tunnel Symptoms
If you are starting to feel pins and needles-like effects in your fingers, wrist and arm, you may be experiencing carpal tunnel syndrome. This medical condition is from having the medial nerve compressed in the carpal tunnel and causes varying effects which can be off-and-on or chronic. There are many treatments available, from surgery to noninvasive chiropractic care.
Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be things like shooting pains that are felt from the hand to the arm, muscle strength loss from thumb to palm, tingling in the hands, difficulty grasping objects, painful tingling in the hands, and feeling like your fingers are swollen when they are not. It is commonly found in people who hold jobs that are repetitious (causing injuries that does not heal properly).
The chiropractor will provide conservative and non invasive treatment involving gentle joint adjustment & mobilization (to release the compressed nerver), massage, stretching, rehabilitative exercises, ice and/or heat. The chiropractor will also provide advice so as to prevent the problem from reoccurring. Paying attention to proper ergonomic principles and posture will help overcome Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Remember, most cases of Carpal tunnel syndrome respond to conservative chiropractic treatment; so before going into surgery, try chiropractic first, because surgery does not have a 100% success rate.