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The Most Common Elbow Injury

by Dr. Kim Selir on 05/08/2017

Categories: Elbow Injury, Good Ideas

Golf & Tennis elbow share the same cause -- overuse and repetitive stress

The elbow itself is essentially a hinge joint, meaning it bends and straightens like a hinge. But there is a second joint where the end of the radius meets the humerus. This joint is complicated because the radius rotates so that you can turn your hand palm up and palm down. At the same time, it slides against the end of the humerus as the elbow bends and straightens. 

The joint is even more complex because the radius slide against the ulna as it rotates the wrist as well. As a result, the end of the radius at the elbow is shaped like a smooth knob with a cup at the end to fit on the end of the humerus. The edges are also smooth where it glides against the ulna.

Tennis and Golf Elbow

Two of the most common injuries at the elbow are overuse injuries, tennis elbow and golfer's elbow. Golfer's elbow involves the tendon of the common flexor origin which originates at the inside of the elbow. Tennis elbow is the equivalent injury, but at the common extensor origin. 

Chiropractic has been proven to be a safe and effective therapy for elbow pain that promotes healing and restores strength without surgery or medication. 

In terms of elbow pain, chiropractic aims not only to relieve the pain but to address the musculoskeletal components that contribute to the condition being there in the first place.

It is important to reduce the inflammation and to rest the elbow as much as possible. The use of ice is very effective in the first 2 to 3 days, although is useful for a longer period. A chiropractor will examine and treat any area relating to the function of the elbow and muscles of the forearm such as the wrist, shoulder and neck. Having a neck problem usually predisposes an individual to having tennis elbow.

Chiropractic care is a safe, effective, noninvasive form of care that can be beneficial for some patients who experience elbow pain. 

If you or someone you know is suffering from chronic elbow pain, you may want to consider chiropractic care. You have nothing to lose but your pain!

Your health affects everything you do and everyone you know.


Be Well! Dr. Kim

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