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Tennis Elbow

Tennis Elbow Responds to Chiropractic Treatment

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What Is Tennis Elbow?

Ouch! There is a sharp pain where your forearm meets up with the elbow. The diagnosis could be tennis elbow. But you say you don't play tennis. 

Tennis elbow, known in the medical world as lateral epicondylitis, is not a condition that happens to just tennis players. It is the inflammation and tearing of muscles and tendons of the forearm caused by any repetitive motion. It certainly could be a sports injury, coming from repetitive motions such as in tennis and golf, but could also be job-related, or even hobby-related. Plumbers, painters, carpenters, chefs, butchers, musicians, among many others, grasp tools, twist their wrists, use their forearms hundreds of times a day, every day. And here is one more cause of tennis elbow that affects many of us -- the repetitive motion of clutching and moving the computer mouse. 

The pain and the weakness in the forearm can make everyday activities difficult. Lifting and gripping to do simple tasks such as shaking hands, turning a doorknob, picking up a frying pan, pouring your coffee or holding your coffee cup, grasping a phone, may become challenging. 

Your Chiropractor's Toolbox

Your symptoms and a physical examination can usually confirm the diagnosis of tennis elbow for your chiropractor. X-ray or other imaging studies can also be ordered for verification. If determined that you do have tennis elbow, there are several treatment options to consider. 

  • Active Release Technique (ART). Special training is required for this 30-year-old technique which involves hands-on manipulation and massage of the soft tissues to release adhesions or scar tissue, allowing the blood to flow freely and speed up healing. Muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves are released and are flexible again. 
  • The Graston Technique is an instrument-based way to release adhesions or scar tissue.
  • Chiropractic adjustments. Alignment of the affected area and surrounding supportive joints is an integral part of any treatment plan.
  • Exercises. Your chiropractor may set up an exercise regimen or recommend physical therapy to strengthen your soft tissues. 
  • Bracing and resting. Placing your forearm in a brace to limit movement for a while may be a necessary step. 
  • Taping

Treatment at Rainier Sports & Spinal Rehab

Rainier Sports & Spinal Rehab, under the direction of Dr. Earle, serves the Puyallup WA, South Hill, and Tacoma areas. We provide a broad array of natural chiropractic treatments to bolster our patients on their journey to optimal health. 

Call us today at (253) 445-0440 to set up your appointment.

We are conveniently located at 13613 Meridian E, Puyallup, WA 98373