Diagnosing and Treating Elbow Pain with Our Santa Clara Chiropractor
Elbow injuries are fairly common, especially if you play sports, but they can also occur as the result of a fall or sprain or strain. Our Santa Clara chiropractor, Doctor David Hoewisch, can diagnose and treat the causes of your elbow pain so that you can get back in the game.
Causes of Elbow Pain
There are numerous chronic and acute injuries that can cause elbow pain, stiffness and loss of range of motion. The most common cause is a repetitive motion injury, like golfing, tennis elbow, and using a screwdriver.
Repetitive Motion Injuries
Sprains and Strains
Symptoms of an Elbow Injury
If you have an elbow injury, you may experience pain, stiffness, swelling and inflammation. The pain may be chronic or only occur when you are using your elbow. If you notice any of these symptoms, it is best to rest your elbow and apply ice if you see swelling, while you call to schedule an appointment with our elbow pain doctor.
Elbow Injury Risk Factors
Playing certain sports and participating in some types of recreational activities can make you more prone to experiencing an elbow injury. Types of activities that can lead to elbow injuries and pain include golf, tennis, baseball as well as any other activity that requires repetitive bending of the elbow and/or wrist.
What to Do if You Think You Have an Elbow Injury
Elbow injuries may not cause constant pain or swelling. However, if you notice that it hurts to bend your elbow, seeing bruising or feel inflammation, it is best to have it examined in order to determine the exact causes of your elbow pain. You can start the process of getting your elbow examined by calling our Santa Clara chiropractor for a consultation. Getting your elbow injury diagnosed and treated can help reduce your symptoms and restore the function of the joint.
Diagnosing Your Elbow Injury with Our Santa Clara Chiropractor
The first step to getting successful treatment for your elbow injury is to get the correct diagnosis. This process involves taking a complete medical history, including any sports or activities that you play that could have contributed to your injury and learning about anything that increases or decreases the pain. Our Santa Clara chiropractor may ask you to perform certain movements with your elbow to get a better understanding of the injury and how it affects the movement of your elbow. We may also take digital x-rays or digital images or use ultrasound diagnostic tools in order to view all the bones and some of the soft tissues in your elbow to see if there are any microscopic tears, inflammation or swelling. Once the examination is complete, our chiropractor will make a diagnosis and explain the findings to you.
Elbow Injury Treatment by Our Elbow Pain Doctor
Once the details and severity of your elbow injury are known, a non-invasive, drug-free treatment program will be developed by our elbow pain doctor in order to reduce the severity of your symptoms and speed up the recovery process. Your treatment program may include chiropractic adjustments, hot and cold therapy and corrective exercises. We will also adjust your treatment program as you heal in order to maximize the benefits and further decrease your recovery time.
We offer manual, instrument and KST chiropractic adjustments. All of these adjustment techniques are designed to make sure the joint is properly aligned, restore range of motion and increase flexibility. It may take several adjustments before you notice long-lasting relief.
If the muscles in your shoulder, upper arm or lower arm or weak, it could increase your risk of developing a shoulder injury. Performing targeting exercises and stretches can help strengthen these weak muscles, increase your rate of healing and help prevent future elbow injuries.
Hot and cold therapy can be very beneficial for elbow injuries, including sprains, strains, tennis elbow and golfers elbow. Applying a cold pack can help reduce inflammation and swelling. Applying heat can help increase blood flow to the area in order to increase the rate of healing. [Sometimes trans-frictional massage (TFM) will be used to heal torn muscle, tendon or ligament fibers. At other times, muscle resistance therapy will be used (proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF). If there is scar tissue, Dr. Hoewisch might use the Active Release Technique (ART) to break up the scar tissue. Scar tissue also
responds to treatment with the Rapid Release percussion instrument.]