Understanding Elbow Injury and Elbow Pain, Diagnosis, and and Treatment
As the link between the hand and the shoulder, elbow diseases are among the most common disabling human conditions.
Any elbow pain injury can cause severe radiation to the hand and/or the shoulder.
Knowing that the neck can cause radiation of pain and numbness down the arm, a seasoned diagnostician must be wise to differentiate neck nerve impingements from elbow diseases that radiate pain in the same regions.
By such a comprehensive approach, over 90% of elbow issues are resolved..." - Dr. Sun
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Common Elbow Diseases
Some of the most common diseases of the elbow that cause local or radiating pain have now become household names such as Tennis Elbow Disease or Golfer's Elbow.
Such diseases are due to repetitive stress injuries of elbow tendons (elbow tendonitis).
The stress on the elbow due to repeated injurious action such as swinging a golf club, can cause micro-trauma to the elbow tendons and ligaments.
After months or years of such insult to the soft tissue, large scars can become permanent, inducing weakness and severe elbow pain.
The treatments for elbow diseases must be focused on normalizing elbow motion, muscle tonicity, and rehabilitating ligaments and tendons scar tissues.
Elbow Pain Relief Results From
- Chiropractic elbow adjustments that promote excellent mobility
- Proper elbow exercises to promote appropriate muscle tonicity
- Proper elbow ligament and tendon stretching to create stability
- Possible use of a brace or taping to stabilize the joint during exertion, such as playing sports, exercising, or working.
A patient's lack of discipline to perform the rehabilitation exercises or the presence of severe degeneration might require us to use a medical and chiropractic team approach to promote healing.
In such cases, you can rest assured we will involve the top neurosurgeons and orthopedic doctors of the Valley, who will work hand in hand with us to create the best possible outcome for your condition.
What To Do...
If you are suffering from Elbow pain, call our office for an evaluation of your condition.
I look forward to helping you get relief from your elbow pain, including Tennis Elbow Disease pain & Golfer's Elbow pain.
Dr. Sun Hwang, D.C.
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Elbow Pain FAQs
Q - What are the symptoms of tennis elbow or golfer's elbow?
A - Both conditions typically present with pain and tenderness on the outer (tennis elbow) or inner (golfer's elbow) side of the elbow, and the pain may radiate into the forearm. The discomfort can be aggravated by lifting, gripping, or wrist movements.
Q - How does a chiropractor diagnose tennis elbow or golfer's elbow?
A - The diagnosis is usually made based on your symptoms and a physical examination where the chiropractor may apply pressure to the affected area or ask you to move your elbow, wrist, and fingers in various ways. If necessary, further imaging tests such as an MRI or ultrasound might be required.
Q - How can a chiropractor help with tennis elbow or golfer's elbow?
A - Chiropractors may use a combination of techniques, including manipulative therapy to improve joint mechanics, soft tissue therapy to help heal the damaged tendons, and exercises to strengthen the muscles and improve flexibility. They may also advise on modifications to your activities or ergonomics to prevent further injury.
Q - Is there any prevention advice for tennis elbow and golfer's elbow?
A - Preventive measures can include regular stretching and strengthening exercises for your forearm muscles, using proper techniques and equipment during sports or work activities, and taking regular breaks during activities involving repetitive arm movements.
Q - How long does it typically take for tennis elbow or golfer's elbow to heal with chiropractic care?
A - The healing process can vary widely depending on the severity of your injury and your individual response to treatment, but many patients begin to see improvement within a few weeks. However, full recovery can often take several months, and it's important to continue the prescribed exercises and avoid overusing the arm during this time.
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