Tennis Elbow (lateral epicondylitis) is a painful condition of the elbow typically caused by overuse and repetitive motions. Over time these repetitive motions can damage the muscles and tendons resulting in muscle strains, tendon sprains, and inflammation at the elbow and possibly wrist. The muscles and tendons that are most commonly affected are located on the outside of the elbow attaching to the lateral epicondyle and the wrist. It is classically caused by the tennis backhand stroke, but any repetitive motions of the forearm and wrist can cause this injury. In severe cases the irritated muscles and tendons can mechanically compress sensory and motor nerves leading to weakness and numbness or tingling. When left untreated Tennis Elbow can become a chronic problem, continuing to cause the symptoms listed below.
Common signs and symptoms of Tennis Elbow:
- Pain on the outer elbow
- Burning sensation on the outer elbow
- Pain into the forearm or wrist
- Tingling/numbness in hand
- Weak grip strength
Causes of Tennis Elbow
- Repetitive motions of tennis
- Sports (Golfing, Bowling, Baseball or Softball)
- Computer Use/typing
- Playing an instruments (guitar, violin, piano)
- Use of a screw driver or similar action (Mechanics, Carpenters)
- Massage therapist
How We Can Help
We use state-of-the-art scanning technology to measure nervous system function and progress throughout a patients care. This scanning technology allows use to see what root causes are contributing to the patients symptoms. The scans are done during the first visit for every patient as well as at the end of treatment plans to compare and demonstrate changes that were made during their care. In addition, the initial consultation includes a detailed history and chiropractic examination. The history includes any past illnesses or problems experienced, the details of the current complaint, and social and family health. During the chiropractic examination a series of tests are performed for specific areas of the body; including the spine and any extremities deemed necessary by one of our chiropractors.
Our chiropractors use specialized techniques with an emphasis on SOT (Sacro Occipital Technique). Other techniques include Diversified, Gonstead and CMRT (Chiropractic Manipulative Reflex Technique). Our doctors also have a background in soft tissue techniques (massage therapy) and training in fascial movement taping. Our client demographic is very diverse including families, pregnant women, infants/toddlers and athletes of all ages. Our athletes vary from young athletes, weekend warriors, college athletes and professional competing athletes.