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Chiropractic Care for Tennis Elbow
If swinging a tennis racket rewards you with pain in the arm instead of points on the scoreboard these days, you may have given yourself a case of lateral epicondylitis, better known as tennis elbow. This tendon problem can get progressively worse without treatment, especially if an underlying spinal misalignment is either mimicking the symptoms of tennis elbow or making you more prone to the real thing. Our chiropractor at Eulo Chiropractic Center in Sewell, NJ, Dr. Christopher Eulo, can use spinal adjustments and other natural treatment methods to help those painful tissues heal and improve your biomechanics going forward.
Tennis elbow doesn't just affect tennis players -- in fact, it's even more common in people who perform constant, repetitive gripping motions, from tool use, to playing musical instruments, especially if they're not conditioned to such activities. The problem afflicts the lateral epicondyle, the tendon that attaches forearm muscles to the bony bump alongside the outside of the elbow. Constant repetitive stress on this tendon causes the tendon's cells to produce scar tissue. This chronic condition is called tendonosis. (If acute damage to the tendon causes inflammation, then you've given yourself tendonitis.)
How can a spinal misalignment contribute to your pain? If your musculoskeletal balance is off kilter due to a subluxation, your entire's body's biomechanics (and thus your sports technique) may be negatively affected. This could cause your racket elbow to assume more stress than it otherwise might. Some cases of "tennis elbow" aren't really tennis elbow at all -- they're actually a condition called cervical radiculopathy. A pinched nerve root in the cervical spine can refer pain to the elbow that closely resembles tendonosis.
If you want to defeat your tennis elbow symptoms, visit Eulo Chiropractic Center. Our Sewell chiropractor will not only x-ray the elbow to rule out other injuries or health conditions, but he will also analyze your spinal alignment to detect any signs of subluxations or pinched nerves that need to be addressed. If a spinal problem exists, you may receive chiropractic adjustments to relieve nerve pressure and put your spine back in balance. These treatments can relieve neurological symptoms while also improving body's overall function.
Our Sewell chiropractor can also prescribe massage therapy for relieving and healing your soft tissue pain. This natural, drug-free form of care loosens the muscles, helping them flush put pain-causing substances, and helps boost the flow of blood, oxygen and healing nutrients to the area. You may even consider undergoing sports massage before practice sessions or matches. Sports massage is a targeted form of massage that limbers up the tissues and helps prevent strains, sprains and other sports injuries.
Tennis elbow is your body's warning that you need to stop hurting yourself and seek treatment. Heed that warning by calling Eulo Chiropractic Center at 856-269-4567. We can help put you back on top of your game!