Tennis elbow refers to the pain and inflammation of the tendon and bony protuberance at the outer part of the elbow, the lateral epicondyle. The pain is not because of a problem with the elbow, but is actually an overuse injury to a tendon that inserts on the outside of the elbow called the common extensor tendon, which is part of the muscles that bends the wrist into extension.
Symptoms Of Tennis Elbow
- Pain over the outside elbow, which may travel up or down the arm
- Wrist weakness
- Tenderness over the outside of the elbow
- Pain when lifting or bending the arm
- Difficulty extending the forearm fully
- Pain when gripping, lifting and carrying
- Pain and discomfort can continue for as little as 3 weeks or as long as several years, if untreated.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (Wrist Pain)
If you are experiencing numbness, weakness or pain in your hand, wrist or forearm, you may have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. It can be caused by pressure on the nerve running through the tunnel in your wrist. This pressure can be created by the wrist bones or by pinched nerves in the neck, shoulder or elbow.
Possible Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpel tunnel syndrome is a condition that causes tingling, numbness or pain in the hand. It is commonly caused when the tunnel of the wrist bones and ligaments is compressed at the wrist, but hand and arm pain can also be caused by pinched nerves in the neck or elbow.
- The Tunnel: The carpal tunnel is a band of ligaments and small bones in your wrist. Painful symptoms can result when nerves are compressed by a collapse of this nerve “tunnel.”
- The Spine: Many are surprised to learn that the cause of their wrist problem may be due to functional changes to one or more joints of the neck, shoulder, elbow or wrist. Subluxations in the upper spine may compromise the workings of any structure between it and the tip of your littlest finger. This is often called the double crush syndrome.
Diagnosing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
If you have carpal tunnel syndrome and don’t get it treated, its symptoms can last a long time, get worse or can even go away and return. When we are able to diagnose it early, it’s easier to treat. Some medical testing like nerve testing may be required to confirm the case of the patient’s pain. All of these factors play a large role in making a diagnosis, although blood and nerve tests are required as well.
Extremity Adjustments Alleviate Elbow and Wrist Pain and Allow the Body to Heal
Extremity adjusting occurs when chiropractors adjust the joints of the body that are outside of the spinal joints. These joints include the ribs, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hands, hips, knees, ankles and feet. Similar to subluxations of the spine, extremities can also suffer from misalignment. These misalignments can cause pain and limit a patient’s range of motion.
Extremity adjusting can also help with pain in other areas of the body. For instance, an adjustment of the hip can help to relieve lower back and sciatic pain. This is similar to how an adjustment of the shoulder can assist in relieving neck pain.
The goal of adjusting extremities is to restore the original and proper alignment of the joint. This allows it to have normal and proper function. Dr. Santoro at Santoro Chiropractic and Wellness Center has additional training in extremities. In fact, extremity adjusting was one of his major emphases during his education.
Dr. Santoro utilizes extremity adjustments to provide elbow and wrist pain relief to his patients without the reliance on costly surgery or dangerous medications.