We have successfully treated many people with elbow pain. They often tell us; " I should have tried chiropractic treatment sooner!”
The elbow is a joint, which is the conjunction (or meeting point) of two or more bones. What’s more, it is considered a ball-and-socket joint, which means that the bones form a cup shape around a slippery, gelatinous sac (forming the “ball”), allowing movement of the joint in more than one direction.
The complexity of bones, muscles, and ligaments meeting at this joint coupled with its range of motion, not to mention its range of everyday movements, can sometimes cause parts of this joint to become irritated or inflamed – the two most common sources of elbow pain.
Practically any occupation, sporting endeavour, or household activity that has repeated use of the forearm and wrist may lead to pain. Because so many jobs, sports, daily activities and routines require highly repetitive movements of the arm, wrist and hands, many of the injuries to the elbow are mainly due to simple overuse.
Common elbow conditions that can be helped by chiropractic include:
- Ligament sprains and tears
- Tennis elbow (pain on the outside of the elbow)
- Golfer’s elbow (pain occurs on the inside of the elbow)
- Nursemaids elbow (slight, but painful dislocation of the elbow, especially among small children if lifted by one arm or swung by the arms)
- Pitcher’s elbow
Dr. Carter will be able to determine if a misalignment in your spine, neck, or shoulders may be causing an overcompensation injury. Many patients are surprised that adjustments to the spine of the neck and mid-back are helpful in resolving elbow pain. These regions are, after all, not even adjacent to the elbow. A key chiropractic principle is that the body functions as a whole, not as a jumble of isolated parts.
Not only does chiropractic care avoid the use of medications or surgeries, it aims to address the source of the pain as well as relieve the symptoms. By actually fixing the structural components of your elbow (bones, muscles, etc.), you can experience both pain relief and prevention of future elbow problems. Our goal is to get you feeling and moving better as quickly as possible, and to address the underlying problem to make sure that the pain doesn’t come back.
Call Family Tree Complete Care in Oklahoma City at (405) 757-2577 and schedule a free consultation with Dr. Carter, our resident Oklahoma City chiropractor.