While it sounds like an athletes-only injury, tennis elbow does not just affect tennis players. In fact, tennis elbow is becoming increasingly common in those who do not even play a racquet sport. Formally known as Lateral Epicondylitis, this condition affects the muscles and tendons of the forearm, near the outside area of the elbow and can be extremely painful. Although it was once thought to only affect athletes, tennis elbow is impacting many people who spend their days sitting at a desk.
Tennis elbow is the result of a tearing of the tendons on the lateral side of your arm tear. These tears are tiny and are often the result of repetitive strain. And while they may be small, the tears can cause painful inflammation in your elbow. Even the most menial of tasks can cause tennis elbow if we do not give our tendons a break. People sitting at their desks on a computer or working on their feet but using repetitive motion can experience this pain. Sometimes the condition is so severe it can be difficult to write or hold a coffee cup.
The best thing you can do for tennis elbow is to rest. Don’t push through the pain; it could worsen your condition and cause more damage to your already injured body. Give your muscles a break and allow adequate time for your body to heal.
Inflammation and the resulting scar tissue can also cause your muscles to be pulled out of alignment, which can make your pain worse. Your chiropractor can help – chiropractic adjustments can help relax your joints, minimize pain, and restore proper function. The treatment restores our body’s proper function, which allows our body to heal naturally.
Take notice even when you begin to feel the slightest pain. Don’t wait until it develops into a major one. Contact Ideal Spine Health Center today at 208-939-2502 and schedule your free consultation and exam.