The elbow is a joint that is able to bend, extend and rotate the arm. It’s common to experience a type of injury in the elbow even if it’s as minor as hitting your funny bone. It could also be as serious as sports injuries, bursitis, or repetitive work that involves elbow movement.
The more serious form of elbow pain is found in acute injuries. These may be caused by falling, twisting or bending a limb the wrong way. When this occurs, bruising, swelling, and pain in the elbow is common. Acute elbow injuries include fractures, dislocations, strains in muscles, joints and ligaments.
Elbow injuries become more serious when the elbow joint or muscle tissue is under more stress than it can handle. Bursitis can occur, where the fluid filled sacs between joints become inflamed. Other types of elbow pain include:
Epicondylitis, or tennis elbow, which is the result of overuse of flexing and extending the arm
Osteoarthritis, where cartilage degenerates and friction forms between bones
Ulnar nerve entrapment, when the nerve attached to the ulnar bone is pinched
Chiropractic treatment can help with elbow pain by first figuring out the cause of the elbow pain, whether it be serious or minor. Once the patient is evaluated and diagnosed by the chiropractor, forms of chiropractic treatment can be used such as:
Hot and cold therapy
Injecting “artificial injury” into patients to trigger cell reparation
Cross friction massages
Additionally, your chiropractor will tell you that rest is one of the most crucial components in healing elbow pain. Using your elbow will only hinder your recovery, so be sure to immobilize your injured elbow in the healing process.