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How Chiropractics May Treat Elbow Pain

I have to say, while I can’t recall a specific time where I had to deal with pain in one or both of my elbows, I have begun to notice that it is a more common problem than I initially thought it was. Plenty of people will end up experiencing elbow pain, stiffness, or discomfort at some point of their lives.

So what exactly causes pain in the elbow, and how can it even be treated? After all, it is a seemingly random spot on the body to have pain just suddenly occur. I wanted to know the answers to these questions as well, so I set out to do some research on the matter. That’s how I came across a post by Chiropractic Now that discusses elbow pain and how it can and should be treated. This is what I learned; feel free to bookmark this page if you even feel like you’ll need to know these answers at any point in the future. After all, the secret to relieving elbow pain isn’t exactly common knowledge now is it?

I’ll get right down to the heart of the issue. The number one cause of elbow pain, according to doctors and scientists alike, is tendonitis. This painful condition occurs when the tendons that connect the muscles to the bones become inflamed, which is usually caused by overexertion or too much repetitive use of the muscles in the area, without enough time to rest in between use. You may have heard of tennis elbow, which is the casual term for the very real discomfort that many tennis players feel at the beginning of their careers, when they are trying so hard to practice and improve their craft, yet are using the wrong muscles to do so.

This repetitive stress and strain leads to irritation and inflammation in the joints, which often causes stiffness and soreness to follow. If it gets to the point where a simple act such as shaking hands becomes painful, it’s definitely time to go see a doctor of chiropractic about the condition. He or she will use manual manipulation and applied pressure to reduce inflammation in the surrounding joints around the area. This all natural treatment method will relieve pressure and blockages that may have been contributing to the irritation, inflammation, and possible pinched nerves in the area that tend to cause pain and stiffness. 

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