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Tennis Elbow? Chiropractic Care Can Help

By Paul Rothbart 

One of the more common upper joint injuries is tennis elbow, which is called that because it can be caused by the act of swinging a racket. Its symptoms are pain and swelling in the elbow and forearm. You don't have to be a tennis player to get it. In fact, the vast majority of tennis elbow sufferers have never touched a racket in their lives. A whopping 95 percent of people afflicted with this ailment are not tennis players. So it's something everyone should be aware of as well as able to recognize the symptoms and seek treatment.   

Causes of Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow is an example of a repetitive strain injury (RSI). As with any injury of this type, it is caused by forceful movements of a body part repeatedly for a long period of time. Swinging a tennis racket or golf club are movements that can cause the condition. But any type of movement that is repetitive and uses the wrist, forearm, and elbow can bring on this injury. Some occupations such as those that require the use of tools are also vulnerable to tennis elbow. 

The elbow and wrist can swell, causing pain, numbness, and tingling throughout the entire lower arm. These symptoms could be incorrectly diagnosed as a problem in the spine, so it's important to be examined by a medical professional. A chiropractor can be an excellent choice.

Immediate Treatment

If you are experiencing tennis elbow symptoms, there are steps to take to begin treatment. First, rest the injured arm. Using it will cause the symptoms to continue and can make the injury worse. To bring the swelling down, it's important to ice the area. Apply an ice pack to the joint every three hours for 20-30 minutes. Wrapping the elbow in an ace bandage or wearing a compression sleeve is recommended. This can help prevent fluids from building up and causing inflammation. Another way to stop the buildup of fluids is to elevate the joint above the heart.

See a Chiropractor

To fully treat tennis elbow you must get to the cause of the problem. This is where a chiropractor can be very helpful. Joints are one of the parts of the body that chiropractors are highly trained to deal with. An examination will get to the heart of the problem, whether it be a subluxation or problems with your tendons. The chiropractor can then make an adjustment to fix the problem, relieve the pain, and restore full range of motion to the joint. Advice on aftercare at home and possibly exercises are also things the chiropractor can dispense to help fully heal your injury.

You don't have to be Serena Williams to get tennis elbow. It's a common injury. Know the symptoms and how to begin treatment. Consider a visit to The Joint Chiropractic. You don't need an appointment. A chiropractor may fix the problem at its root and with continued treatments, prevent its recurrence.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Tempe, Ariz.

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