Even if you don't play tennis, you could still end up with a condition called tennis elbow. That's because this common term isn't actually about playing tennis. It's used to describe an elbow injury that comes from making the same motion repeatedly over time. If you're in the Odessa or Midland areas and experiencing this condition, Clark Chiropractic Clinic can help.
What is Tennis Elbow?
The official name for this condition is lateral epicondylitis. It's the inflammation of the tendons near the elbow joint that connect the outside of your elbow to your forearm. In some cases, there is more than inflammation at work, and the tendons end up with small tears in them, called microtears.
The tendons and muscles in your forearm can sustain damage from being overused, which causes pain and discomfort that's localized to that area. This can be hard to work around since we use our elbows and forearms for so many different motions and tasks in life.
Treating Repetitive Motion Injuries
Repetitive motion injuries need treatment to reduce pain and to stop the damage that's being done to the joint, muscles, and tendons. Ideally, you would stop making the motion that caused the damage and let the area heal. Unfortunately, that's not always easy to do, especially with a joint like the elbow that's frequently being used for all kinds of daily tasks. Seeing a chiropractor is one of the ways you can get support for treating injuries like tennis elbow while still using your elbow when you need to.
Can You Heal Tennis Elbow at Home?
Resting your elbow and not using it as much can help it heal, but it will typically get better faster when you have treatment. Naturally, you want to get your joint feeling better as quickly as possible so you can get back to tasks you need to do and things you've put off due to the pain or range of motion concerns.
How a Chiropractor Helps
Working with a chiropractor is a great way to get the help you need for tennis elbow and other types of repetitive motion injuries. That's because a chiropractor will carefully realign the joint, which takes pressure off of the tendons and encourages the muscles and other structures in the area to begin the healing process.
Reach Out for Chiropractic Care Today
If you're located in or near Midland or Odessa, Clark Chiropractic Clinic is here to help with tennis elbow and related issues. Call our team today at (432) 337-5553 to learn more or to schedule an appointment.