Tennis Is Just One Way to Get Tennis Elbow
You don’t have to play tennis to suffer from what’s known as tennis elbow. It’s a repetitive strain injury caused by any number of things – from carrying heavy bags to gardening, knitting, chopping food or even computer work that involves improper wrist and arm posture. When it happens as a result of a sporting activity improper technique is typically at fault.
The condition is known as lateral epicondylitis because it occurs when tendons and muscles in the forearm are irritated or inflamed at the lateral epicondyle, the bony protuberance close to the elbow joint. Pain occurs on the outside of the elbow, about an inch down from the bony part.
Dr. Cynthia Boyd advises patients to follow the RICE protocol:
- Rest. Don’t push through the pain. You’re likely to exacerbate the injury. Let your muscles rest and allow your body to heal.
- Ice. A cold compress can help to relieve pain, reduce swelling and speed recovery. Use an ice cup about 10 minutes at a time multiple times per day.
- Compression. Use a brace or strap to support the area. A compression sleeve or an Ace bandage will decrease swelling. Be careful not to wrap the bandage too tightly.
- Elevation. Raise the injured area at or above the level of your heart whenever you are sitting or lying down.
Active remedies: Along with these passive remedies, Dr. Boyd suggests stretching and strengthening exercises once the pain is sufficiently reduced.
Chiropractic: Pay a visit to your local chiropractor. Chiropractic adjustments can help relax your joints, minimize pain, and restore proper function. In addition to your wrist and elbow, your chiropractor might adjust your neck or your spine to align the bones.
Chiropractic can also treat the surrounding joints so they can take over some of the workload while the injured area heals.
Of course, prevention is the best treatment for tennis elbow. Stretch before exercising, employ correct techniques and proper equipment during physical activity, and stop when you’re tired.
If you believe you might have tennis elbow, contact Dr. Boyd and her team. They are experts in Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP), a method of remodeling and realigning the bones to restore normal nerve flow. The team at Symmetry Health Center is among only a handful of Oakland, Alameda and East Bay chiropractors trained in CBP, the most research- and results-oriented corrective chiropractic technique.
Take advantage of our no-charge consultation to determine whether you or a loved one is a candidate for care at Symmetry Health Center. Call 510-769-0125 for our location in Alameda and 510-654-2207 to reach our Oakland/Berkeley office