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Elbow Pain

Repetitive motion sports like golf, baseball, tennis and weightlifting can cause elbow pain, which can sideline you from your favorite sport. Elbow injuries can cause various problems, and even brachial neuralgia. Damage to the brachial plexus can cause serious arm and hand pain, and even motor dysfunction.

Types of Elbow Pain

Here are some of the most common forms of elbow pain that we see at Brown Chiropractic Center.

couple on tennis court

This malady is a form of tendonitis, where inflammation occurs in the tendons that connect the forearm to the elbow. Unlike tennis elbow, which occurs in tendons on the outside of the elbow, golfer’s elbow occurs in tendons on the inside and is less common.

Tennis elbow occurs in both the tendons and muscles in the forearm, extending down to the wrist and fingers. This type of elbow pain isn’t always tied to playing too much tennis, but rather stems from overusing the muscles, ligaments and tendons.

Elbow pain is more common for those suffering from rheumatoid or osteoarthritis. When arthritis extends to the elbow, the following can be experienced: pain, swelling and redness, limited range of motion and difficulty straightening the elbow.

Elbow sprains and strains are common occurrences that can happen in everyday life. These issues can lead to pain, inflammation, swelling, bruising and restricted motion of the elbow. Here are some ways these elbow sprains and strains can occur:

  • Using your arm to break a fall
  • Lifting weights
  • Hitting your elbow hard on something
  • Making repetitive motions

Identifying the Cause

As a chiropractor, Dr. Brown first seeks to pinpoint the root cause of a patient’s elbow pain. Taking pictures is an important part of the diagnostic process. We use either X-rays or ultrasound images of damaged areas to get a clear picture of exactly what’s going on in the area. So if there’s dysfunction in the joint of the elbow or in the tissue around it, we try to diagnose what that is first, before providing corrective care.

Our Expert Approach to Care

At Brown Chiropractic Center, we help treat various injuries that can cause elbow pain. If the joint is not functioning properly, often we can help correct that by properly articulating the bones of the elbow (radius, ulna and humerus).

In addition to our various chiropractic techniques, we have a complete physical therapy modality area, which includes ultrasound, muscle stim, traction, cold laser and other therapies that help the tissue surrounding the injured area heal faster and reduce pain expression in the damaged area.

Dr. Brown may also provide rehabilitative exercises for that specific injury. Through our multi-pronged approach to care, many patients experience restored range of motion and enjoy pain-free movement.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the major advantages of seeing a chiropractor first for my elbow pain?

Chiropractic gets to the root cause and provides safe, natural and effective correction. Unlike chiropractic, the conventional approach to treating elbow pain includes medication (e.g. muscle relaxer), surgery or injections. We believe in taking the conservative route: chiropractor first, medication second and surgery third, only as a last resort.

Do you ever refer to other physicians?

If there’s anything on the X-rays that indicates we should consult with a different type of physician, Dr. Brown will refer the patient to the appropriate doctor.

Should I take time off to rest my elbow, or can I continue to engage in sports, for example, while I’m under care?

If there’s physical activity that you keep doing to aggravate or exacerbate the problem in the tissue or joint, we’ll advise you on how to minimize that, and also the best way to help the joint heal while Dr. Brown is working on it. “Part of the chiropractor’s job is to advise the patient what they should or shouldn’t do,” he said.

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