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Tennis Elbow

Get That Great Serve Back

Your elbow makes so many movements possible -- so many, in fact, that the joints and their associated tendons can suffer from repetitive stress injuries when you make some of those movements too often and in too severe a fashion. Tennis elbow is one such injury; it's a form of epicondylitis, or a tendon inflammation, that causes pain on the outside of your elbow when you overuse your forearm muscles. It is treatable, however, and a chiropractor at Churn Creek Chiropractic in Redding can help you gradually heal the problem while helping you avoid a repeat.

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Why Your Elbow and Arm Tendons Act Up

Tennis elbow is also called lateral epicondylitis. There's a medial version (where the pain is on the inside of your elbow) called golfer's elbow or golf elbow, too. Both of these conditions are caused by overuse of your forearm muscles in sweeping motions that you find in tennis backhands, serves, golf swings, and similar movements that may have nothing to do with the sports themselves. The repeated motion of your arm in what is essentially a twisted state places undue stress on the tendons. Repeating the motion over and over creates even more stress, eventually leading to pain.

Tennis elbow can be severe, but for most people, it's more nagging and restrictive. Pain and weakness, plus detrimental effects on your grip, are major symptoms, and you can imagine how annoying they can be. Rest is one treatment, but you'll likely need additional treatments to help relieve stress on the area.

Chiropractic treatment is one option. By adjusting your spine -- yes, your spine -- and your shoulders, you can remove tension that might have contributed to the inflammation and pain in your arm. If you can reduce the tension and pain, you may find you can participate more or have more movement in therapy for the tennis elbow, increasing the likelihood of a faster recovery. If nothing else, you'll simply remove some tension, which still is better than having that extra tension hanging on.

Better to Get Treatment Now Than to Wait

The longer you wait to start treatment, the worse the tennis elbow could get. Or, maybe the rest is helping, but it's taking way too long on its own. Contact Churn Creek Chiropractic in Redding at 530-221-4991 and arrange for a consultation. The sooner you start treatment, the sooner you can get back to your game.   

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