Summer means a time to get out and enjoy your favorite sports. For many people, this sport is tennis. They grab their racket and head out for a rousing game of tennis. But tennis elbow is a common injury associated with overuse of the elbow, even for non-tennis players. Golf is another great summer game but can also lead to elbow problems over time. Both sports involve forearm muscles but on opposite sides of the elbow. If you suffer from inflammation of the elbow tendons, called either tennis or golf elbow, you don’t have to give up your favorite sport to alleviate pain. Chiropractic care from a Lithia Springs chiropractor can provide relief from inflammation and pain so you can continue to enjoy physical activity all summer long.
What Is Tennis Elbow?
Tennis elbow is a form of tendonitis in the upper forearm and outside of the elbow caused by inflammation of the lateral epicondyle tendon. For this reason, it can also be referred to as lateral epicondylitis. Repetitive motion causes this injury and can cause discomfort when lifting the arm, as well as weakness of the wrist, difficulty bending or extending the arm, and persistent elbow pain that can worsen over time. This pain can also worsen when lifting or carrying heavy objects. For some, the pain may only last a few weeks, while others could experience pain for several years if tennis elbow is not addressed. Thankfully, a Lithia Springs chiropractor could be the solution you have been looking for to relieve inflammation and pain in the elbow.
What Can Chiropractic Care Do for Tennis Elbow?
One of the first steps in addressing tennis elbow is to rest the elbow for a period of time to allow it to heal. But the root cause of the pain is the inflammation in the tendons, and inflammation is caused by nerves that affect the lateral epicondyle tendon. Chiropractic care focuses on improving the function of the nerves to reduce inflammation and relieve pain all throughout the body, including in the elbow. Spinal misalignments can cause nerve dysfunction in the body that can be the root cause of inflammation and pain. Many people who suffer from tennis elbow have some sort of misalignment of the spine or neck that influences the elbow nerves. Chiropractic adjustments correct spinal misalignments and restore nerve function to address tennis elbow inflammation and pain. Anti-inflammatory medication is only a short term solution as tennis elbow pain often returns after discontinuing use of medication. However, chiropractic care with Dr. Ronnie Bolar of Vital Life Chiropractic offers a long term solution to eliminate inflammation and discomfort for good.
How Has Chiropractic Helped Others?
Case studies prove that chiropractic is a great option and has helped many overcome elbow pain. One case study looked at a man who suffered from elbow pain and hadn’t been able to complete a round of golf without elbow pain for two years. After receiving regular adjustments and being under chiropractic care for 8 weeks, he found he was able to play all 18 holes several times a week without any elbow pain. In another case study, a woman was unable to perform work duties due to tennis elbow pain. She experienced a complete restoration of mobility and reduction of pain through chiropractic care. Neurologically-based chiropractic care focuses on the whole body to improve health and nerve function throughout the body and is a great option for alleviating pain caused by tennis elbow.
Address inflammation of the elbow through chiropractic care. Lithia Springs chiropractor Dr. Ronnie Bolar wants to help you find relief from tennis or golf elbow through regular chiropractic care. Contact the offices of Vital Life Chiropractic to find out more about what chiropractic care can do for you.
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