Many people don’t realize that chiropractors treat more than back and neck pain. However, one of the more common conditions we treat is tennis elbow. The technical term for tennis elbow is lateral epicondylitis. This happens when the tendons are stressed that connect into the elbow on the back side of the forearm.
The chiropractic treatment approach is very different for tennis elbow compared to a medical approach. According to WebMD, it is recommended that you use ice or heat, an NSAID medication, exercise, and a brace. The majority of this I would recommend against. I have successfully treated many cases of tennis elbow that did not require any medication, or bracing.
The chiropractic treatment for tennis elbow that we provide includes muscle and tendon therapy for the muscles and tendons that connect into the elbow. There are other modalities that can be used in conjunction with hands on muscle therapy such as electrical muscle stimulation and therapeutic ultrasound. Chiropractic adjustments to the joints around the elbow, sometimes in the wrist as well, can make immediate changes in pain. Moreover, by making mechanical changes in how the elbow works, it is more likely to have a lasting therapeutic benefit (long-term results) as opposed to popping a pill to take the pain away for the short-term only.
If you have elbow pain and want an evaluation to see if chiropractic care might benefit you, please don’t hesitate to call us at 513-444-4529. It's unfortunate that so many people live with this pain who could potentially be pain-free with chiropractic care.
Dr. David Kauffman is a chiropractor in Loveland, Ohio.