Elbow pain can make any daily activity difficult to do. Because we use it carry heavy objects and play sports, pain in this joint appears. This makes it harder to bend the joint, much less use it.
Our staff at Diamond Chiropractic in Omaha loves to treat elbow pain conditions. Whether you had it for a while, or it appeared suddenly, our Chiropractor has an answer and a treatment for you.
How the Elbow Works
Let’s first start by looking at this amazing joint. It consists of three bones in the arm: the humerus, the radius and the ulna. These bones allow you to move your whole arm. Surrounding these bones are muscles that help you move and use your arm.
Once you’re not able to move this joint, though, is when we run into trouble. Putting extra pressure on this joint, or even just being in the wrong position, can cause pain to appear. This is due to the muscles being irritated and strained. Even resting the elbow for extended periods of time might not help it heal.
If not treated, typical elbow pain can cause other elbow-related conditions and weakness.
What Causes Elbow Pain?
Elbow pain is caused from overuse, strain, or wear and tear of the joint. This is due to repetitive arm motions. These movements can lead to conditions like tendonitis, as well.
In addition, arthritis and tendonitis can affect the elbow from working properly.
The most common causes are slips and falls, sprains and strains, and playing sports. Gardening, weightlifting or doing cross-fit can result in elbow pain, even bursitis. In addition to these, any past injuries, such as stress fractures or a broken arm, may cause pain in this area.
Golfer’s Elbow vs. Tennis Elbow
When we talk about “golfer’s elbow” and “tennis elbow”, it can be confusing to tell the two a part. For one thing, both cause pain. Secondly, they are often grouped together. The thing is, these two conditions are different from each other. With that, let’s discuss what makes each condition different.
Golfer’s elbow occurs when there is pain on the inner edge of the elbow. This is due to repeated twisting and flexing of the wrist. Having stiffness or tenderness in the arm is common, along with weakness in the hand.
Weightlifting, playing golf and baseball/softball are causes for developing golfer’s elbow.
Tennis elbow occurs when there is pain on the outer edge of the joint. This is due to inflammation in the muscles of the elbow. Other symptoms like constant aches and weakness in the elbow or wrist are common.
Activities such as painting, playing tennis and racquetball cause tennis elbow.
According to Zone Technique…
Elbow pain can occur for a variety of reasons. Regardless, it can result from a cervical spinal misalignment or overuse of the joint itself. This means, according to Zone Technique, there may be an imbalance the body’s Zone 5.
Zone 5: The Musculoskeletal System
Zone 5 is responsible for keeping you upright and moving. Because it includes the muscular and bone systems, it is the most affected by physical traumas. Falls. Sprains. The list continues.
So, when there is an imbalance in this zone, pain, stiffness and tenderness in the joint can occur. Focusing on this zone will help alleviate the pain. Along with decreasing pain, more mobility and flexibility will return.
What the Chiropractor Focuses On…
The goal of the chiropractor is healing patients of their pain. This is achieved through gentle manipulation of the elbow and using Zone 5 technique.
Patients will feel less pain, along with more flexibility and range of motion, after a few visits to the chiropractor.
Elbow Pain – Treatment at Diamond Chiropractic
At Diamond Chiropractic, our Omaha Chiropractor will examine, take x-rays, and develop a treatment plan for your elbow pain case. After comparing his findings and locating the cause, Dr. Nilles will know what steps to take next. These steps will help alleviate your symptoms, heal the pain, and provide you options on how to lower your risk for elbow pain in the future.
Dr. Nilles will use gentle manipulation on the spine and the elbow. These adjustments will take pressure off the nerves, along with alleviating pain in the spine and elbow. He will focus on balancing Zone 5, which will be the starting point of your treatment. Soon, symptoms of elbow pain will begin to disappear.
Acupuncture is used to target certain acupuncture points on the body. Focusing on the points located on and around the elbow causes the muscles to relax. As the muscles relax, nerve communication, along with proper blood flow to the muscles. Patients will notice pain disappearing from their elbow, along with having more range of motion.
Corrective exercises help with bringing more range of motion back to the elbow. This includes having patients practice different exercises to strengthen the elbow and make it more flexible.
Corrective exercises like wrist flexion, wrist extension, towel twist, fist clench, and supination are effective with elbow pain. These exercises are simple and can be done both at the chiropractor’s office and at home.
By doing these exercises several times daily, patients will gain more strength and flexibility in their elbow. In addition, their elbow pain will disappear.
With any injury, especially to the elbow, the last thing you want to happen is making the pain worse. Our advice is designed specifically for your individual case. Along with corrective exercises, our advice helps you do everyday activities safely.
At Diamond Chiropractic, we focus on our patient’s health and healing from elbow pain, not making it worse.
Contact Our Omaha Chiropractor for Elbow Pain
To get started with chiropractic care for your elbow pain, choose our Omaha, NE chiropractor today. Diamond Chiropractic is currently accepting new patients of all ages. Contact us today and get relief NOW & FAST.