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Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis) - Condition Overview
Tennis elbow does not strictly occur in only those who play the sport tennis. Our Overland Park and Lenexa chiropractic clinics see this occur in a variety of different ways, producing pain that impacts the function of the elbow. It can be caused by sport, job activities, or other repetitive movements that occur regularly in life. This condition is primarily caused by overuse of the outside elbow (or lateral epicondyle), which can be done by repetitive activities and produce damage and inflammation to the muscles and tendons. This can produce pain and tenderness over the lateral epicondyle along with the extensor muscles of the forearm . This is the most common pain condition of the elbow but it is important it is accurately diagnosed to rule out other causes of elbow pain.
Who Gets Tennis Elbow?
Although tennis can contribute to this condition, it can also be seen in a variety of other activities:
- Sport Related - Swimming, racquetball, baseball, field throwing events, weight lifting, etc.
- Job Related - Electricians, plumbers, carpenters, handymen, and other manual labor related work.
- Life Related - Gardening, house work, working on a car, cleaning activities, etc.
Any repetitive movements, lifting of objects, or constant daily activities including the forearms and hands may contribute to tennis elbow occurring. It is important to seek chiropractic treatment early to reduce recovery time and possible further damage to the area.
Why Does Tennis Elbow Happen?
Overuse of the outside elbow in extension, pronation or supination is the primary cause of tennis elbow. There are certain risk factors that can indicate tennis elbow may be occurring. The most common chiropractic patient population with tennis elbow is between the ages of 30-50 years old. It happens gradually instead of one specific instance in most cases and produces a burning, achy or sharp pain near the outside elbow. Weakness in grip strength can also occur.
What Else Could It Be?
Obviously, there are other conditions of the elbow that must be ruled out to ensure proper treatment is occurring.
These can include:
- Osteoarhritis (OA)
- Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer's Elbow)
- Radial Tunnel Syndrome
- Pinched Nerve Conditions
How Does Chiropractic Help?
Our Overland Park and Lenexa chiropractors have extensive training and experience in treatment of all elbow pain conditions, including tennis elbow. Our chiropractic clinics have the latest advanced technology to get our tennis elbow patients back to their lives and do the work they need to perform. Depending on the presentation of the condition that we can examine on the initial visit, our chiropractors may utilize combinations of any of the following: Soft tissue therapy, myofascial release, electrotherapy, cold laser treatment, acupuncture, and chiropractic adjustments and muscle rehabilitation.
Our goal at our two Natural Way Chiropractic clinics in Overland Park and Lenexa is to prevent our communities from having to utilize more invasive procedures such as injections and surgery, if possible. We have extensive experience in conservative therapy utilizing the latest methods to reduce pain and resolve conditions of the elbow naturally and conservatively, without the use or possible risks of invasive procedures. We encourage you to call with any questions or concerns regarding possible treatment methods or your condition.