Pain in the elbow can really slow you down. It may make it difficult to perform your job, enjoy your favorite activities or pick up your cup of coffee. You can get back to all these things without needing surgery or medication!
Elbow pain goes by many names:
- Golfer’s elbow
- Tennis elbow
- Elbow strain
The great news is these conditions respond very well to conservative care, and you will get back to the activities you love with the proper diagnosis and treatment!
The elbow typically hurts in one of several places, on the inside or outside. If the inside of the elbow is sore, it will usually be termed “golfer’s elbow.” Most of the time this shows up in people who don’t play golf, and it’s caused by tightness in the muscles of the forearm that make a fist and grasp objects tightly. Whereas the outside of the elbow can also hurt and this it called “tennis elbow.” This also commonly shows up in many people who don’t play tennis, and the muscles that hurt are the ones that allow us to hold a coffee cup or give a high five.
Treatment of these conditions comes down to a great assessment by a great clinician. These elbow pains are caused from multiple things, and once the cause is determined, proper treatment is very effective. Yes, you read that correctly. It does go away with the right treatment!
Treatments for elbow pain can consist of a combination of dry needling, Active Release Technique (ART), strengthening exercises for the involved muscles, as well as mobilizations for other tight joints involved.
Don’t let elbow pain slow you down and keep you from drinking your next cup of coffee. Reach out to a great chiropractor near you or another great therapist today!