If you’ve never experienced persistent elbow pain, then you might not realize just how often you rely on your elbows to perform everyday tasks. Even the slightest elbow discomfort can become a constant annoyance from the moment you hit snooze on your alarm to when you’re brushing your teeth before bed.   

Tennis elbow, another term for lateral epicondylitis, occurs when forearm tendons become inflamed from repeated activities that put strain on the elbow. It can progress from a nagging ache to excruciating and debilitating pain. Keep reading to learn about the symptoms of tennis elbow and the activities—besides the obvious one—that can lead to it. If you suspect that you may be suffering from tennis elbow, we can help you with chiropractic care and massage therapy.

Symptoms To Look Out For

The first sign of tennis elbow is pain on the outside of the elbow or forearm, but symptoms can also manifest as a burning sensation or tenderness in the elbow area. People suffering from tennis elbow may experience discomfort when performing simple everyday tasks that require grip strength, such as turning a door knob or shaking hands after a hard-fought tennis match. Making a fist, straightening the wrist or raising your hand can also result in pain.  

Chiropractic and massage treatment can lessen these symptoms. After assessing the conditions of the tendons in your elbow, we can suggest specific wrist stretches and grip strengthening exercises to alleviate pain.

One factor to be aware of is that tennis elbow is usually not the result of an isolated event. It is a form of tendonitis that stems from the joint being overworked over a period of time. So, even if you can’t point to the cause of your elbow pain, if you are experiencing these symptoms, don’t hesitate to seek treatment.      

Activities That Can Lead To Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow is caused by repetitive strain on the elbow joint that eventually leads to inflammation. For instance, the hinging of the elbow joint that is required to hit a tennis serve or a forehand causes strain on the outer elbow. But, don’t let the name fool you—tennis elbow can be caused by many activities besides playing tennis.

Other repeated athletic movements, like shooting a basketball or throwing a football, can result in tennis elbow. As can playing guitar, swinging a hammer, raking the yard and typing on a keyboard. Basically, anyone who uses their hands to perform repeated actions on a regular basis may be at risk of developing tennis elbow.

So, even if you’ve never held a tennis racquet in your life, your elbow pain could very well be tennis elbow. We can help you pinpoint the cause of your inflammation so that you can modify your activity.

Chiropractic And Massage Treatment

Chiropractic and massage treatments have shown to be successful alternatives to anti-inflammatory drugs for treating tennis elbow. After an assessment of the elbow inflammation, we can suggest a treatment plan that usually includes bracing, icing, rehabilitative exercises and massage therapy.

We utilize the Graston Technique, an instrument-assisted practice that treats the muscles and fascia that work in conjunction with the tendons of the elbow. Again, the goal is to get your elbow to feel better faster, and also to help you avoid pain in the future so that you can stay on the court, whichever court that may be.