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Eastbourne Chiropractor Discusses Elbow Pain

Picture of a lady holding her elbow in pain.

November 27th, 2017 29 post views

At Lushington Chiropractic, we have had many patients come in to the clinic complaining of elbow pain.  Are you experiencing elbow pain and are you unable to relieve the soreness?  Or maybe you have noticed a reduction in your grip strength in your hand?

If so Lushington Chiropractic Clinic in Eastbourne is the right place for you…

Picture of a lady holding her elbow in pain to accompany the blog from Eastbourne Chiropractor Carran Lefever on elbow pain.

Are you suffering from elbow pain?

First let’s explore the anatomy of the elbow…

There are three bones that join at the elbow, these are the humerus, that connects the elbow to the shoulder, the ulna which is the stationary bone in your forearm connecting the elbow and the wrist and the radius is the bone that rotates around the ulna allowing the lower arm to twist.

There are many muscles that flex the elbow in the upper arm, these are the brachialis, brachioradialis and biceps brachii.  The muscles that extend the elbow are the triceps brachii and the anconeus.  You also have muscles in the forearm that extend and flex the wrist.  When these muscles aren’t working properly the elbow pain may occur.

Causes of Elbow Pain

In my experience at Lushington Chiropractic Clinic in Eastbourne, the most common elbow complaints that I see in patients are caused by overuse, fractures or dislocations:

  • Tendonitis: is a common complaint and is can be caused by overuse of the tendons in the joint. Tendonitis is on the outside of the elbow and is commonly referred to as “tennis elbow”.  Pain experienced on the inside of the elbow is called “golfer’s elbow”.
  • Fracture: there are three bones at the elbow joint and any combination of these bones may be involved in a fracture which is a crack or a break in the bone. If you can move your elbow correctly with no restrictions then it is likely not fractured, however an x-ray is the best way to rule this out.
  • Dislocation: is when one of the bones in the elbow joint moves completely out of place. This usually happens due to trauma with hyperextension of the elbow joint.
  • Bursitis: bursae are located at the points where muscles and tendons attach at the joints. There function is to protect the joint. When the bursae become inflamed they start to cause pain and swelling. This can be caused by overuse of the elbow.

Conservative care is the primary form of treatment that should be diagnosed for most patients as long as they do not have a dislocation or fracture. Conservative care means care that involves not operation or intervention.

Conservative such as chiropractic care involves teaching the patient how to move there elbow correctly in order for the elbow to heal and function in the correct way without the use of surgery and medications.

There are many other examples of conservative care to treat elbow pain such as massage therapy and acupuncture. We are fortunate at Lushington Chiropractic Clinic in Eastbourne to have massage therapists working alongside the chiropractors and many of us perform acupuncture.

At Lushington Chiropractic Clinic in Eastbourne, we work through the following steps when evaluating patients experiencing elbow pain; an in-depth assessment of the joint and arm/shoulder complex will be completed; including range of motion, orthopaedic tests, muscle tests and neurological test, and a physical examination will be performed of the local area to evaluate tight muscles.

If you have noticed your grip strength has got worse and you are experiencing pain near the elbow, the wrist extensors may be overworking and taking over the job of the tiny grip strength muscles in your hand.  All muscles throughout the body are connected therefore the whole group or area including muscles and joints should be evaluated because if the joint isn’t functioning properly then the symptoms may never fully be resolved.

What to do about Elbow Pain in Eastbourne?

If you have been complaining of elbow pain, then do not hesitate to come in and talk to me about it.  I am here to help and educate people about various treatment options.  Lushington Chiropractic is Eastbourne largest and most award-winning chiropractic clinic.   We are based in Eastbourne’s town centre, with easy parking and accessible rooms.  Our chiropractic clinic is open late and Saturdays.  We have a lovely team of chiropractors serving the people of Eastbourne so if you have any questions do not hesitate to contact me on 01323 722499.

Carran Lefever

 

 

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