Elbow pain can have some significant impacts on people’s daily lives. Not only pain, but elbow dysfunction can create problems with the hand and wrist also. Many people suffering with elbow pain notice impaired function of their hands, in particularly grip strength.
Elbow pain is particularly common among people who play racquet or stick sports, such as; golf, hockey, tennis, badminton or table tennis. It is also a common condition in trades people who do manual, or repetitive work.
TYPES OF ELBOW PAIN:
Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow), medial epicondylitis (golfers elbow), fractures, muscular imbalances and joint arthritis.
CAUSES OF ELBOW PAIN:
- Repetitive microtrauma (golfers/tennis elbow)
- Overuse (manual labour)
- Poor posture (shoulder rounding forwards)
- Underlying disease or pathology (rare)
WHAT IS THE MOST COMMON CAUSE OF ELBOW PAIN?
Once we have ruled out any underlying disease or problem such as a fracture, the most common cause of elbow pain are mechanical in nature. Elbow pain often is the result of poor shoulder stability and position. This causes excessive tension and stress at the elbow joint as a compensation pattern by the shoulder and spine. Overuse injuries are all very common.
HOW TO FIX ELBOW PAIN
There are two ways in which you can choose to deal with elbow pain:
1. Continually treat the pain and symptoms as they appear:
The most common way people will treat the pain associated with the elbow is with medications, such as; paracetamol or Ibuprofen or other ‘quick fix’ therapies.
Opting for a ‘quick fix’ approach to elbow pain, while ignoring the underlying cause may help you feel better in the short term, however your problem is likely to return. This approach can lead to vicious cycles of pain and dysfunction and potentially lead to chronic pain.
2. Correcting the cause:
Chiropractic is concerned with correcting the underlying cause of elbow pain, which is poor posture or spinal alignment. In particular the alignment of the shoulder and upper spine.
Let me explain…
Your body is similar to a house in many ways. If the houses foundations are ‘off’ or begin to slip, it will cause issues throughout the house. The doors will jam, the walls will crack, roof will leak and the windows will crack.
You can either constantly fix all the issues that arise from having poor foundations, or you can fix the foundations to prevent future problems occurring.
The same is true with your body. However, the foundation of your body is your spinal alignment or posture. If your spinal alignment is off, or your posture is bad, it places unnecessary pressure on the joints of your spine and body. This causes degeneration, muscle spasms, and irritation of the spinal nerves surrounding the neck.
This often causes referred pain and dysfunction to the elbow.
HOW CHIROPRACTIC HELPS PEOPLE WITH ELBOW PAIN:
At Capital Chiropractic Centre, we have great results with treating elbow pain.
Chiropractic adjustments are designed to correct your underlying spinal alignment and posture. Having correct spinal alignment takes pressure off the joints of your spine, shoulder, and muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves. This removal of pressure allows the body to heal naturally, as nature intended. Taking pressure off your elbow joints, allows everything to recover.
Dr Winnie Wong, utilises a variety of different chiropractic techniques, from hands on manual style adjusting (Diversified and Gonstead), to gentle low-force techniques. Depending on your needs, your body type and the type of elbow pain you are suffering with, we will cater a treatment style to your body. This ensures you see the best results and start feeling better fast.
Correct spinal alignment takes pressure off your spine and elbow joints, helping you feel better, but it also takes the pressure off your nervous system. The nervous system is the communication pathway between the brain and the body.
Your spine and skull are responsible for protecting this vital organ.
When your spine is not functioning well, this can have implications into how efficiently your nervous system is working. Correct spinal alignment is critical to ensure clear communication between the brain and the body.
A well functioning spine and a clear nervous system is vital for overall health and wellbeing.
HOW TO PREVENT ELBOW PAIN:
At Capital Chiropractic Centre, our goal is to not simply ‘get rid of your pain’ but to ensure we prevent future problems from occurring. On top of correcting the underlying cause of your problem, your spinal alignment, we tailor specific rehabilitation exercises for you, give you lifestyle and ergonomic advice, as well as periodic maintenance adjustments. The combination of these, helps you live a healthy life free of pain.
After all prevention is better than a cure.