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Elbow pain is common since the elbow is a source of frequent pain and discomfort, especially in physically active people.
Elbow pain is often the result of injury, overuse, strain, or can occur due to a more serious injury. Pain in the elbow can be caused by an inflammatory condition like tendonitis, arthritis or bursitis, or may be the result of playing racquet sports or golf. Discomfort of the elbow can also be caused by overuse of the wrist, manual work such as using a screwdriver, or by a small fracture or irritation of the nerve.
Epicondylitis, or tennis elbow, is the most common syndrome affecting the muscle and soft tissue of the elbow and is caused by inflammation of the soft tissues. This is usually a result of overuse or repetitive activities. The overuse may occur while playing tennis, golfing, throwing, lifting, swimming, carpentry, or even plumbing. Forearm and elbow pain are common and it is usually aggravated by extension and flexion of the wrist. This can be treated with hot and cold therapy or even an arm support will relieve the pressure.
Ulnar nerve entrapment occurs when the nerve connected to the ulna is pinched. Pain and numbness will extend from the elbow to the little finger and middle of the hand. You may also experience burning or tingling when the elbow is flexed, but nerve tests are needed to confirm the diagnosis. Limiting the mobility of the elbow will decrease the pain but in severe cases, surgery is required to alleviate the pinch.
Rest is the most effective treatment because elbow injuries are commonly caused by overuse. Limited usage will alleviate the problem. Immobilizing the elbow with a splint will help absorb shock and rest the muscles and tendons. Some doctors will recommend heat therapy to increase circulation and accelerate healing. Cold therapy usually follows as it reduces swelling and pain. Our doctors at Oaks Chiropractic and Sports Injury Center will use electro-stimulation to increase the healing process between hot and cold treatments. They will also use cold laser which will aid in the healing process by decreasing the pain and inflammation.
In just about every elbow injury, hot and cold therapy along with immobilization of the joint will alleviate the pain (joint pain relief). However, if not treated, the tendons can fray and will eventually detach from the elbow, requiring surgical repair. You should never continue strenuous activities if the pain persists.
If you are experiencing pain in your elbow, contact Oaks Chiropractic and Sports Injury Center of Ventura County today. We can help you return to an active and pain-free life.