Tennis Elbow: Causes and Treatment

Chiropractic Clinic Barrie

Elbow pain is a condition of the elbow joint that leads to restricted movement of the elbow hindering normal daily movements. The elbow is a ball-and-socket joint, which is the conjunction point for your upper and lower arm. The elbow joint involves three types of bones – the humerus, the radius and ulna. Together these bones form a cup shape around a slippery, gelatinous sac, allowing elbow movement in all the different directions. When this joint is over-strained or injured, it leads to tennis elbow.

Chiropractic treatment has been proven to be safe and effective for elbow pain promoting healing and restoring strength without surgery or medication. In terms of elbow pain, Dr. Ron – chiropractor in Barrie, Ontario, aims not only to relieve the pain itself but to address the structural components of muscles and skeleton.

Two of the most common types of Tennis Elbow Conditions are:

Tennis Elbow or Lateral Epicondylitis

Tennis elbow is a pain or soreness felt on the outside of the elbow. It’s a form of tendonitis caused by damage to the muscles and tendons connecting the forearm muscles to the elbow joint. This damage is most frequently caused by overuse of the joint, particularly when that overuse is repetitive.

Tennis elbow should not be ignored, as it’s unlikely to go away on its own. While pain from tennis elbow starts on the outside of the elbow, if the condition is left untreated, the pain can spread down the arm all the way to the wrist. Even simple tasks like turning a key in a lock or opening a door knob can become painful for someone suffering from tennis elbow.

Treatments for pain relief from tennis elbow include:

1.Using ice packs

2.Complete rest to the elbow

3.Graded exercise programs

4.Cross friction massage

5.Joint manipulation


Tennis elbow pain usually starts small and slowly increases, although occasionally the pain comes suddenly and as though out of nowhere. Any activity involving the elbow joint exacerbates the pain while lifting, brushing teeth, shaking hands, etc.

Posterior Tennis Elbow or Triceps Tendonitis

Also known as posterior elbow tendonitis, the difference between posterior tennis elbow and tennis elbow is in the part of the joint that’s affected by it. In tennis elbow, it’s the outside of the elbow while in posterior tennis elbow, it’s the back or underside of the elbow that’s involved. People involved in activities like throwing, serving, certain weight lifting, punching or motions that lead to rapid extension of the arm, are more prone to posterior tennis elbow.

Treatment for posterior tennis elbow includes:

1.Myofascial release

2.Cross friction massage

3.Use of ice pack

4.Complete rest to the elbow

The complexity of bones, muscles, and ligaments meeting at the elbow joint coupled with its range of motion, can cause parts of this joint to become irritated or inflamed. The causes for irritation and inflammation are most often a combination of overexertion and overuse. Infection, genetics, and degenerative diseases can also play a role in it.

Elbow pain is a common issue but tennis elbow is altogether a different and comparatively serious matter. It occurs more in the dominant arm and is more common in men than women. It occurs more with people of between 30 and 50 years of age. Given the right attention and the right treatment by an experienced chiropractor, it can be treated completely within a few weeks.

Author Bio:

Dr. Ronald T. Linzner B.Sc., D.C. has been a chiropractor for Back Pain in Barrie, Ontario since his graduation in 1996. He has an interest in the feet and gait and their effect on the spine and is experienced in diagnosing and correcting problems with your gait. He designs custom orthotics and orthopedic shoes. If you are not sure if it is a chiropractic problem ask. He will be happy to let you know.

Call Simcoe County Chiropractic today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ron.

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