Dr. Douglass Toth
1214 College Ave
Santa Rosa, CA
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Elbow Pain

 

The elbow is a simple joint involving the humerus, radius and ulna.  However, all of the muscles of the arm and forearm that control the hand and wrist are involved in the elbow joint so the most common issues of the elbow are generally tendonitis type issues.  Peripheral neuropathy from compression of the radial or ulnar nerve in the shoulder area is another possible cause of elbow pain.  Similar to peripheral neuropathy is neuropathy from the cervical or thoracic spine caused by disc problems or other myelopathy.  Again the most common cause of elbow pain is a local tendonitis which is typically caused by repetitive strain injuries where the muscles attach to the bones around the elbow joint.

Common elbow conditions are:

  • Tennis Elbow
  • Golfers Elbow
  • Pronator Teres Syndrome
  • Osteochondritis Dessicans
  • Triceps Tendonitis
  • Arthritis

Treatment

Treatment for elbow pain should always involve chiropractic adjustment, trigger point therapy for tight and overused muscles, stretching, strengthening and modified activities of daily living.  Becasue elbow complaints are most often related to repetitive strain it is important to evaluate the activity that is causing the tendonitis and come up with alternative ergonomics for those activities.

FAQ

How do I know if my elbow pain is severe?

You know your elbow pain is severe if you notice any of the following:

➢ Your elbow is deformed

➢ A bone is protruding

➢ Pain occurs even when you are not using the affected arm

➢ Pain does not subside even after home care

➢ There is severe redness, swelling, or pain in or around the affected area

➢ You have trouble moving the affected elbow, using the affected arm, or rotating it from palm up to palm down

How long does it take for elbow pain to go away?

Pain from a minor injury might last for a few weeks. A severe injury can take months to heal. Mild soreness in the elbow that comes and goes may improve in 6-8 weeks with proper home care. Prolonged elbow pain and soreness can last 6-12 months. In some cases, the pain lasts up to two years. 

Why did my elbow start hurting?

Some common causes of elbow pain are:

➢ One-time injuries that cause dislocated or fractured elbows and strains and sprains.

➢ Conditions such as bursitis, tennis elbow, and golfer’s elbow that occur due to wear and repetitive movements

➢ Stress fractures

➢ Diseases such as lupus and arthritis

Can a chiropractor help with elbow pain?

Yes. Chiropractors treat a number of elbow conditions. Chiropractors are trained to diagnose and assess disorders affecting the nerves and muscles.

Your chiropractor will conduct various physical tests to diagnose your problem. Based on their findings, they l will determine whether nerve impingement is the root cause of elbow dysfunction.

Once your chiropractor gains a better understanding of your condition, they will design a treatment plan.

They will use spinal manipulations to decrease pressure on the nerve roots that come from the spine and through the vertebrae. They may also use myofascial release techniques to treat myofascial trigger points.

Does chiropractic help with joint pain?

Yes. In many cases, joint pain is caused by a misaligned spine or other spine problems.
Chiropractors use gentle spinal manipulations to realign the spine and relieve pain.

Does chiropractic help with joint pain?

Yes. In many cases, joint pain is caused by a misaligned spine or other spine problems.

Chiropractors use gentle spinal manipulations to realign the spine and relieve pain.

Can chiropractors adjust elbows?

Yes. Chiropractors use joint manipulations to make joints move properly. Your chiropractor will gently move your elbow back and forth to realign it and restore the normal range of motion.

Should I see a chiropractor for tendonitis?

Tendonitis typically responds well to chiropractic treatment. Chiropractors use joint manipulations and other techniques to reduce inflammation and irritation of tendons and relieve pain.