Elbow Pain and Tennis Elbow

Elbow pain isn't just inconvenient. It can make even simple tasks impossible!

We offer chiropractic and massage therapy to solve elbow pain to anyone in Edmonton, Alberta. 

woman holding her right elbow due to elbow pain

Understanding and Elbow Pain and Tennis Elbow

Elbow pain and tennis elbow are a very common issue in Edmonton. Understanding the causes and using prevention strategies will go a long way to stopping them.

Be able to hold things again

Elbow pain, stiffness and tightness can make it impossible to hold onto anything!

Return to work and life

Elbow pain can make it difficulty to turn type, play your sport or even brush your teeth!

Get a good night's sleep

Is elbow pain affecting your sleep? People keep telling you "wow, you look tired!"? That ends today!

Common Causes of Elbow Pain 

Here are some of the most common conditions we see in our office. Below we will discuss the following elbow-related pain conditions.

1. Tennis Elbow

2. Bursitis

3. Tendonitis

4. Joint Pain

woman holding her right elbow due to elbow pain

Tennis Elbow Causing Elbow Pain All Across Edmonton!

Tennis Elbow is not from playing to much tennis!

Tennis elbow is also known as lateral epicondylitis. Despite its name, tennis elbow can affect anyone, not just tennis players. It typically occurs due to repetitive motion or overuse of your forearm muscles, leading to inflammation and pain on the outside of the elbow.

Symptoms of tennis elbow may include:

  1. Pain or tenderness on the outer side of the elbow
  2. Weakness in the grip or difficulty holding objects
  3. Difficulty with wrist movements, such as lifting or twisting
  4. Pain that worsens with activities involving gripping or twisting motions

Our chiropractors are experienced in diagnosing and treating tennis elbow, utilizing a combination of manual therapies, exercises, and lifestyle modifications to alleviate pain and promote healing.

young female tennis player holding her elbow due to pain and tennis elbow

Solving Tennis Elbow

a tennis player serving the ball, about to strike it

Effective Treatment for Tennis Elbow

Chiropractic care and massage therapy offers effective treatment options for tennis elbow and other forms of elbow pain.

Here's how we can help:

  1. Chiropractic Adjustments: Gentle adjustments to the elbow joint and surrounding areas can help restore proper alignment, reduce inflammation, and alleviate pain.
  2. Soft Tissue Therapy: Techniques such as massage, myofascial release, and trigger point therapy target tight muscles and fascia, promoting relaxation and improved circulation.
  3. Therapeutic Exercise: Customized exercise programs aim to strengthen the muscles around the elbow, improve flexibility, and prevent future injuries.
  4. Acupuncture: Acupuncture and IMS are effective methods at solving your pain due to tendon problems, such as in tennis elbow.
  5. Shockwave Therapy: This method of treatment is very effective for tendon pain conditions. Tennis elbow is one of the main conditions that shockwave therapy is commonly used to treat.
  6. Posture Correction: Poor posture can contribute to elbow pain. Our chiropractors can provide guidance on proper ergonomics and posture to reduce strain on the elbow joint.
  7. Lifestyle Modifications: Making changes such as modifying activities that aggravate symptoms, using proper equipment and technique during physical activities, and incorporating rest and recovery can support healing and prevent recurrence of elbow pain.

By addressing the underlying causes of elbow pain and providing comprehensive care, our chiropractors and massage therapists strive to help you achieve long-term relief and improved function.

The good news?

We can help solve your tennis elbow!

If you need help solving your elbow pain, schedule an appointment today!

Elbow Bursitis

Elbow bursitis is painful.

Inflammation of the bursa - small fluid-filled sacs that cushion the joints - can lead to pain, swelling, and limited range of motion in the elbow.

There are a few different ways in which bursitis occurs. 

The most common cause is from trauma. If you smack your elbow, it can cause the bursa to swell and expand. This can cause a large puffy, swollen and painful elbow.

I've seen patients who had fallen on their elbow, smacked a wall or door with their elbow, or somehow hit their elbow get elbow bursitis.

The treatment options for elbow bursitis is pretty short. Here are a few...

  • Rest - just stop hitting your elbow and in a few days or weeks it will resolve.
  • Ice - ice is nice at reducing inflammation, and reducing pain.
  • Acupuncture - This can help reduce the pain associated with bursitis and speed up healing

The most important aspect to treating elbow bursitis is to stop provoking it. This means stop hitting your elbow and resting on your elbows on the table. They need time for the swelling to resolve. 

Elbow Tendonitis 

Elbow Tendonitis Pain is due to injury and inflammation of the muscles and tendons

Elbow tendonitis, including conditions like tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) and golfer's elbow (medial epicondylitis), results from inflammation and microtears in the tendons around the elbow joint. Tendonitis is often caused by repetitive stress and overuse, leading to pain, swelling, and restricted movement.

The good news about Elbow Tendonitis??

Chiropractic and massage therapy are effective, non-invasive treatments to alleviate your tendonitis pain!

Chiropractic Care

Our chiropractors are highly effective in treating elbow tendonitis. They employ a range of techniques to address the underlying causes of tendonitis, including joint manipulation, soft tissue therapies, radial shockwave and ergonomic advice.

Gentle adjustments to the elbow joint and surrounding areas help restore proper alignment and reduce stress on the tendons. This decreases inflammation, alleviates pain, and improves overall joint function. Additionally, our chiropractors can assess and correct any biomechanical issues or posture problems that may contribute to the strain on the elbow, stopping the pain in its tracks and preventing tendonitis returning.

Massage Therapy

Our massage therapists are also helpful in speeding up your tendonitis recovery.

By targeting the soft tissues surrounding the elbow with teechniques such as deep tissue massage, myofascial release, and trigger point therapy they will help you get better. These therapies work to relax tight muscles, improve blood circulation, and break down scar tissue, which can reduce pain and facilitate the healing process.

By enhancing the flexibility and strength of the forearm muscles and tendons, massage therapy helps restore normal movement patterns and prevents further injury. Regular massage sessions can also provide relief from the chronic pain associated with tendonitis, improving your quality of life.

Lets face it, massage feels great, and its nice to be able to hold onto things without pain!

Combined Approach

Combining chiropractic care and massage therapy offers a comprehensive treatment plan for elbow tendonitis. They work well together to help you move better, feel better, and live life better

If you have tendonitis, we recommend leveraging the strengths of both chiropractic care and massage therapy so that you can achieve effective and lasting relief, paving the way for a return to an active and pain-free lifestyle.

Joint Pain

If you can't fully bend or straighten your arm, your elbow joint is a problem

The elbow joint is often involved when there is elbow pain.

It may not move how it is supposed to. This can lead to pain, often felt 'deep' in the elbow, or not 'quite right'.

When this happens, the muscles that cross the joints start to tighten, spasm and seize.

The good news is that both chiropractic and massage therapy when combined are able to resolve this problem.

If you are finding it near impossible to get rid of your elbow pain, schedule an appointment today!

There are many symptoms of joint pain in your neck. Here are a few...

  • Neck pain, often described as dull or aching
  • Stiffness or difficulty moving the neck
  • Pain that worsens with certain movements or positions, such as turning the head or looking up or down
  • Headaches, often originating from the base of the skull
  • Muscle spasms in the neck and upper back

Several factors can contribute to the development of neck pain as a result of a joint injury. These include:

  • Sleeping in awkward positions
  • Arthritis - age related changes
  • Repetitive stress from poor posture or occupational activities
  • Diet & exercise habits
  • 'Text Neck"
  • injuries such as whiplash after a motor vehicle collision

At our chiropractic office, we offer a variety of therapies aimed at treating cervical spine facet syndrome and alleviating the associated pain and discomfort. These therapies are non-invasive and focus on restoring proper alignment, reducing inflammation, and improving the function of the cervical spine. Here are some of the key therapies we provide:

  • Chiropractic Adjustments: Chiropractic adjustments, also known as spinal manipulation, involve gentle, targeted movements of the spine and extremities to restore normal movement and reduce pressure on the joints. By restoring proper alignment, chiropractic adjustments can help alleviate pain and improve mobility in your elbow.
  • Soft Tissue Therapy: Soft tissue therapy techniques such as massage, myofascial release, and trigger point therapy can help relax tight muscles, improve circulation, and reduce inflammation in your elbow and arm. These therapies can complement chiropractic adjustments by addressing muscular imbalances and promoting overall relaxation and healing.
  • Therapeutic Exercise: Specific exercises and stretches targeting the muscles and ligaments surrounding the elbow and arm to help improve strength, flexibility, and stability in the neck. Our chiropractors can prescribe customized exercise programs tailored to each patient's needs to support long-term recovery and prevent future injury.
  • Posture Correction: Poor posture can contribute to the development of cervical spine facet syndrome by placing excess strain on the neck and spine, which can refer pain to your elbow. Our chiropractors can provide guidance on proper posture and ergonomic modifications to help patients maintain optimal alignment and reduce the risk of exacerbating their symptoms.
  • Lifestyle Modifications: Making lifestyle changes such as maintaining a healthy weight, staying active, practicing stress management techniques, and avoiding activities that aggravate elbow and arm pain can play a crucial role in managing cervical spine facet syndrome and promoting overall spinal health.

By combining these therapies, our chiropractors aims to provide comprehensive care for individuals suffering from elbow pain. Our goal is to address the underlying causes of pain and dysfunction in your elbow, restore optimal body biomechanics, movement, function, and empower patients to actively participate in their recovery and long-term wellness.

If you're experiencing elbow pain, and would like some help to fix it consider giving us a call.

Bottom line - if you are tired of struggling with elbow pain, our chiropractors and massage therapists can help!