Tennis Elbow with our Downtown Chiropractor
Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, is a type of tendinitis. It is caused by the elbow’s tendons swelling, which causes pain throughout the arm. The tendons themselves are bands of durable tissue which connect the lower arm’s muscle to bone.
Tennis Elbow Causes
While tennis elbow may indeed be caused by playing tennis (it's that backhand shot), many other things can cause it. Any repetitive, gripping activity can contribute to tennis elbow—especially if it involves using the thumb or hand’s first two fingers. Tennis elbow is one of the most common reasons people visit a doctor for elbow pain.
Tennis elbow is caused over time. When a person conducts repetitive motions, like gripping a racket or a baseball bat during a swing, these motions can stress out the tendons. Constant tugging, eventually, can create microscopic tears in the surrounding tissue. A few sports are more likely to cause tennis elbow than others. Aside from tennis itself, these include:
Other jobs and hobbies involving repetitive arm movements also create these issues. Computer work, painting, carpentry and even knitting can cause tennis elbow. In fact, Dr Dower sees far more cases of tennis elbow linked to computer keyboarding strain than any other cause.
Tennis Elbow Symptoms
Tennis elbow can be difficult to determine, but knowing its symptoms can help. Pain in your elbow’s bony knob tends to be a key indicator. This spot is the area where injured tendons attach to the bone. As the pain radiates into the arm’s upper and lower areas, it may become difficult to lift things. It can also become difficult to grip objects, raise your hand or straighten your wrist.
Treating Tennis Elbow with Physical Therapy
You can treat tennis elbow in several ways. It’s important to apply ice to the affected area for immediate pain relief, however. Ice reduces swelling—and it can even help prevent further damage. By resting your arm in general, you can reduce tendon stress.
Chiropractic care can also treat tennis elbow. Muscle release techniques, kiniseo-taping, acupuncture and elbow adjustments are just some of the methods used to reduce muscle and tendon adhesions. Meanwhile, home care exercises are usually prescribed to increase mobility and build muscle around the affected area.
Schedule an Appointment Today
At the office of Dr. Brian Dower in Downtown Toronto, we’re pleased to improve your physical condition, helping you achieve a comfortable lifestyle. Our safe, effective chiropractic care techniques can play a big role in your well-being.
If you’d like to learn more about tennis elbow, call us today at (416) 920-7275. We’re here to enhance your quality of life, giving you the health care solutions you deserve.