Lateral epicondylitis, more commonly referred to as tennis elbow, is the inflammation of the tendons around the elbow joint. The pain and tenderness in the elbow is usually caused by overuse and repetitive motions. Many tennis or racquetball players develop this condition, which is why it earned the name “tennis elbow”, however other sports and activities can contribute to tennis elbow as well. These activities can include baseball, swimmers, carpenters, plumbers, meat cutters, or any activity that requires repetitive arm motions. However, Dr. Garcia and his Buffalo Grove chiropractic team are experienced in the treatment of tennis elbow and can get you back to where you want to be.
Did You Know?
Your elbow is composed of three main bones, your upper arm (humerus) and your two forearm bones, the radius and ulna, as well as a variety of tendons, ligaments, and muscles. The tendon that is usually affected with tennis elbow is called the Extensor Carpi Radialis Brevis or ECRB for short. Additionally, your dominant arm is more likely to develop tennis elbow.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Do I have tennis elbow?
You may have tennis elbow if you are experiencing pain or burning of your outer elbow that has developed gradually and been steadily increasing for weeks or months. Additionally, you may also experience weak grip strength. Both the burning pain and weak grip strength tend to increase with forearm activity.
Should I see a chiropractor for my tennis elbow?
Yes. Chiropractors like Dr. Garcia can reduce pain and inflammation associated with tennis elbow by correcting areas relating to the function of the elbow such as the wrist, shoulder, and neck. Additionally, Dr. Garcia can employ certain techniques to aid in blood circulation which promotes healing, and develop a rehabilitation program of exercises and stretches to strengthen the surrounding structures.
What should I expect during my chiropractic appointment a Buffalo Grove Chiropractic & Wellness?
During your appointment, Dr. Garcia will ask you about your symptoms and perform a physical exam. In some cases, diagnostic imaging such as x-rays, a CT scan, or an MRI may be required. Depending on your individual diagnosis, Dr. Garcia may opt for various chiropractic techniques such as active release therapy, instrument-assisted manipulation, manual joint stretching, therapeutic massage, or extracorporeal shockwave therapy.