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Tennis Elbow and Chiropractic

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 called the lateral epicondyle.
There is not necessarily a problem with the elbow when one has tennis elbow. It is an overuse injury to a tendon that inserts on the outside of the elbow called the common extensor tendon. This produces the movement of wrist extension.

Symptoms of Tennis Elbow
Pain over the outside elbow, which may travel up or down the arm.
It also commonly involves:
• 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.

What is involved in Chiropractic treatment for tennis elbow?

Your Chiropractor in Chatswood may recommend specific treatment measures which may include:

• Resting of the elbow to reduce the inflammation
• The use of ice
• Sometimes a tennis elbow brace or an elbow strap may be needed, particularly if the problem persists.
• Examination and treatment to any area relating to the function of the elbow and muscles of the forearm such as the wrist, shoulder and neck.
• Work to increase the blood circulation to the tissues. This can be done by alternating hot and cold and massaging of the muscles to relieve stress and tension.
• Chiropractic adjustments help to restore joint motion, decrease pain, free up movement, and optimize neuromuscular function. Chiropractic adjustments can be applied to the joints of the spine as well as directly at the wrist and elbow.
• Once pain has subsided, specific rehabilitation exercises may be given to maintain healthier function

Call your chiropractor in Chatswood today on (02) 9412 2722 to start resolving your tennis elbow concerns