Tennis elbow is a condition caused when the elbow tendons become overloaded from repetitive motions of the wrist and arm. This condition is excruciating and is not only developed by athletes. However, many who have jobs with repetitive activities, such as painters, carpenters, and butchers, can develop tennis elbow. Our chiropractor at Armeli Chiropractic in Mendota Heights can help treat tennis elbow and prevent it from reoccurring.
Causes of Tennis Elbow
Tennis elbow is often caused by muscle overuse, causing a strain injury. The repetition of an activity causes the forearm muscles to continually contract as you straighten the arm and raise your hand and wrist. The repeated motion puts additional stress on muscles and tissues in the elbow, resulting in tiny tears in the tendons that attach the muscles to the bony area on the outside of your elbow. Though tennis elbow is common among tennis players, other activities can cause you to develop this condition. These activities include repeated use of plumbing tools, painting, driving screws, cutting up ingredients, and repetitive use of the computer mouse.
Symptoms of Tennis Elbow
Those suffering from tennis elbow typically experience similar symptoms, including pain radiating from the outside of the elbow below the forearm and wrist. Other symptoms may include pain or weakness in the arm. In addition, many who have tennis elbow have shaky hands or trouble gripping an object. For example, turning a doorknob and holding a cup of coffee is often tricky.
Tennis Elbow Risk Factors
Several factors may increase your chances of developing tennis elbow. These factors include:
- Participation in sports
- Recreational activities
- Other injuries to the arm and elbow
How a Chiropractor Can Treat Tennis Elbow
It is time to see our chiropractor when self-care, such as rest, ice, and over-the-counter pain relievers, do not help with the elbow pain and tenderness. Our chiropractor will look at your condition, assess the movement of your arm at the elbow, and develop a treatment plan to reduce the pain and increase the joint's mobility.
Call to Schedule an Appointment with Our Mendota Heights Chiropractor Today
Our chiropractic staff at Armeli Chiropractic in Mendota Heights understand the need to treat tennis elbow and how to reduce the pain and improve your quality of life effectively. Call today to schedule an appointment with our chiropractor and learn more about alternative methods to treat your tennis elbow.