Elbow Pain – Core Wellness Chiropractic

Elbow Pain in Oakland ca

elbow pain in Oakland CA

My practice today is in many ways very different than when I became a chiropractor 12 years ago. Since then, smartphones and computers have taken over and I’m seeing different types of physical problems. It used to be that people came in mostly from trauma: falls, car accident, maybe a twisted knee. Now, repetitive stress is king. Teenagers have rounded posture like 80 year olds from looking down all the time, people are spending 8+ hours a day on the computer resulting in sore low backs and necks, and everyone’s forearm and elbow hurts, I think from the phones.

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Luckily, chiropractic is a great remedy for all of these issues. Today though, I’m going to talk about elbow and forearm pain.

The elbow is a joint, specifically a complex hinge joint. It’s where the humerus, ulna, and radius meet. When there is pain at the elbow joint, inflammation is usually the culprit. The most common causes of inflammation are overuse and overexertion.

There are several types of elbow pain. We will go over the three most common types as well as their causes and symptoms. The three main types of of elbow pain is: tennis elbow, posterior tennis elbow, and golfer’s elbow.

Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow is the most common form of elbow pain that people experience. While it’s often experienced by tennis players, it can happen to anyone who repeatedly puts stress on the outside of their dominant elbow, such as phone aficionados, gardeners, painters, carpenters, and line cooks all work jobs that put repeated stress on the elbow. Tennis elbow affects men more than women and generally affects people between 30-50 years of age more than other age groups.

Symptoms and Causes of Tennis Elbow

The main symptom of tennis elbow is pain or soreness that is felt on the outside of the elbow. The pain is caused by damage to the muscles and tendons connecting the muscles of the forearm to the elbow joint. The pain isn’t likely to go away on it’s own and should be treated, otherwise the pain will spread down the arm all the way to the wrist. When this happens, simple acts such as turning a doorknob can become difficult.

Posterior Tennis Elbow

Posterior Tennis Elbow is sometimes known as “Boxer’s Elbow” and more commonly known as posterior elbow tendonitis. It’s similar to tennis elbow, but instead of pain occurring at the outside of the elbow, it occurs at the back of the elbow.

Symptoms and Causes of Posterior Tennis Elbow

The main symptom of posterior tennis elbow is pain or soreness felt at the back or underside of the elbow. Specific repetitive movements such as throwing, serving, weightlifting exercises that target the triceps, and punching can cause inflammation at this part of the joint, which creates pain

Golfer’s Elbow

Golfer’s elbow is also quite similar to tennis elbow, the only real difference is the location of the pain and the associated actions that cause it.

Symptoms and Causes of Golfer’s Elbow

The main symptom of golfer’s elbow is pain or soreness that is felt on the inside of the elbow. Sometimes you may feel a shooting pain down the inside of the forearm while trying to grip an object. The causes may be singular (such a single violent jolt), but more often than not it’s caused by repetitive stress to the joint. If left untreated, the pain will worsen and take longer to treat. Golfer’s are particularly prone to this type of injury, hence the name.

Other Types of Elbow Pain

Other types of elbow pain occur less commonly known. These are: posterior impingement syndrome, little league elbow, and olecranon bursitis. You can read more about them here.

Treating Elbow Pain

Luckily chiropractic treatment can alleviate pain caused by tennis elbow, often quite quickly and easily. I will examine your elbow joint as well as your wrists, shoulder, and neck to determine if there are any additional sources of dysfunction that is causing your pain. I mobilize the joints, free up the muscles using myofascial release technique and once your pain is at a manageable level, I will prescribe exercises to get the forearm muscles stronger so the joint can further heal and stabilize.

Are you ready to finally take care of that nagging elbow pain? Having an issue with another joint? Please call us at (510) 922-1579 to schedule your appointment, or go online to www.core-wellnesschiro.com.


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600 Grand Avenue #301
Oakland, CA 94610
(510) 922-1579

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