Just like your shoulder joint, the your elbow's tendons (which connect those muscles to bone) sometimes become pinched between the bones or irritated and inflamed (sore and swollen) from repetitive use during exercise, sports, or lifting something. Since inflammation may grow over time from repeat motion, you might not even know exactly when it began or what activity caused it.
There is nothing funny about pain in your elbow. Whether it is a dull ache or a sharp stab when you try to reach for or lift something, elbow pain can seriously affect your day to day life.
What causes elbow pain?
The elbow joint consists of three different bones (radius, ulna, and humorous) and numerous nerves, muscles, tendons, and cartilage that can be injured or irritated during sports, accidents, or even just daily use.
• Dislocation: when one of the bones that makes up the elbow joint get knocked or pulled out of place.
• Fracture: when one of the bones is broken at the elbow joint, usually due to a sudden impact either from a sport, accident, or fall. Even if you can still move your elbow, if you're still in pain and it doesn't look right...see a doctor.
• Strain or Sprain: when you've "pulled" a muscle or torn a tendon by over-extending your joint or trying to lift too much.
Treatment for Elbow Pain
As with most inflammation, you can first try treating the pain with rest and ice (20 minutes per hour max). The doctors at Synergy Oviedo Chiropractic recommend avoiding the use of anti-inflammatories or opioids to treat pain, since this can lead to prescription drug abuse and addiction. Instead, we offer a time-tested combination of chiropractic care, physical therapy, and laser therapy to alleviate pain and promote healing.
Chiropractic and Physical Therapy for Elbow Pain
If your pain does not go away quickly or you have not regained complete mobility, chiropractic care and physical therapy may help. After a thorough examination and x-ray, our doctors will prescribe appropriate specific exercises to stretch and strengthen your joint, which in turn can reduce pain and inflammation. Likewise, adjusting spinal alignment can relieve pressure and pain from the nerves supplying your elbow joint.
Laser Therapy for Elbow Pain
Using laser therapy in addition to the treatments above can speed recovery by increasing circulation to the joint and reducing inflammation.