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Chiropractic Care for Elbow Pain

Published Date: 
September 21, 2022
A man his holding his elbow because of intense elbow pain.

Chiropractic care for elbow pain is an effective way to ease discomfort and improve range of motion for issues that occur from damage or overuse.

How a Chiropractor Can Help Treat Elbow Pain

Elbow pain is a common issue caused by many factors, including overuse, injury, or arthritis. While many people assume that they need to see a doctor or orthopedic specialist for help with this type of pain, chiropractic care may be a helpful treatment option.

The elbow is a hinge joint, meaning it allows the forearm to move up and down in a limited range of motion. The bony structure of the elbow joint is formed by the articulation of the upper arm bones. This joint is further stabilized by a network of muscles, ligaments, and tendons.

What Is Elbow Pain?

The primary function of the elbow is to extend and flex the forearm. This movement is essential for activities such as reaching, lifting, and throwing. The elbow also allows the forearm to rotate, which is necessary for tasks like screwing in a lightbulb or opening a jar.

Elbow pain varies in intensity and feels different depending on the underlying cause. It may be sharp and shooting or a dull ache. It may also feel like burning, tingling, or numbness.

The elbow joint's bones, ligaments, tendons, and muscles work together to function. If any of these can become injured or inflamed, it causes pain. Elbow pain is often caused by overuse injuries, such as tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow. Arthritis and infections are also possible causes.

Symptoms and Causes

Elbow pain can have many different causes, but the most common cause is tendonitis. This is when the tendons around the elbow joint become inflamed and irritated. Other causes of elbow pain include bursitis, arthritis, and nerve entrapment.

Symptoms of elbow pain can vary depending on the underlying cause. Common symptoms include:

  • Pain
  • Tenderness
  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Limited range of motion

The Elbow's Susceptibility to Inflammation

The elbow is a hinge joint that allows the arm to move in many directions. This makes it one of the most versatile joints in the body. However, this also makes the elbow susceptible to inflammation, as it is constantly moving and put under stress.

The elbow may become inflamed for many reasons, such as overuse, injury, or arthritis. However, one of the most common reasons is simply because of how the elbow is built.

The elbow joint has three bones: the upper arm bone or humerus, the outer forearm bone or radius, and the inner forearm bone or ulna. These bones are held together by a series of ligaments and tendons. The elbow also has a layer of cartilage to protect the bones and joints.

These bones and tissues work together to allow the elbow to move in different directions. However, this constant movement can also stress the elbow joint, leading to inflammation.

A man is suffering from debilitating elbow pain.

Chiropractic Adjustments for Elbow Pain

Chiropractic care is an effective treatment for many musculoskeletal conditions, including elbow pain. Chiropractors use their hands to apply pressure to the joint and manipulate it into its proper position. This can help relieve the pressure on the nerves and muscles causing the pain. It can also help improve the range of motion in your elbow.

Chiropractic management of elbow tendinopathy following a sports-related trauma

If you've recently suffered a sports-related injury to your elbow, you may be wondering what treatment options are available. Chiropractic care is one option that can provide relief from the pain and discomfort associated with elbow tendinopathy.

Chiropractors use many chiropractic techniques to treat elbow tendinopathy, depending on the severity of the condition. This includes manual manipulation to help reduce pain and inflammation and electrical stimulation or ultrasound therapy to promote healing.

Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow or lateral epicondylitis is a condition that causes pain on the outside of the elbow. The pain is often caused by the overuse of the arm and forearm muscles. Tennis elbow pain can occur in both tennis players and non-tennis players.

There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, as the effectiveness of chiropractic treatment for tennis elbow will vary depending on the individual case. However, many people who suffer from this condition have found relief through chiropractic care.

One of the main benefits of chiropractic care for tennis elbow treatment is that it can help reduce inflammation and pain, which is achieved by manually manipulating the joints and muscles in the affected area. This releases tension and reduces pressure on the nerves, which in turn can help to reduce pain.

In addition to reducing pain, chiropractic care can also help to improve range of motion and flexibility.

A golfer is holding his elbow because it is in pain.

Golfer’s Elbow

Golfer's elbow is a condition that causes pain on the inside of the elbow. The pain is caused by inflammation of the tendons attaching the muscles in the forearm to the bone. Golfer's elbow is similar to tennis elbow, which is a condition that causes pain on the outside of the elbow. Both are caused by the overuse of the muscles and tendons.

Golfer's elbow is less common than tennis elbow. It is most commonly seen in middle-aged men who play golf regularly. However, the condition is a sports injury that can also occur in women and young people who play other sports such as tennis, baseball, or volleyball.

Chiropractic treatment can help to relieve the pain and improve the range of motion in the elbow. Chiropractic treatment is often used in combination with other treatments such as physical therapy and massage therapy.


At its core, chiropractic care focuses on treating the bones, muscles, and joints of the musculoskeletal system, including the elbow joint. Chiropractors use many techniques to help improve alignment and function in these areas. This helps reduce pain and improve the range of motion.

Dr. Eric Neumann D.C.

Dr. Eric Neumann grew up in Alberta, Canada where he majored in Chemistry at the University of Calgary. During his time at University, he obtained licensure as a Massage Therapist. It was clear that hands-on healing would be his calling. After suffering multiple sport-related injuries he became interested in Chiropractic. Dr. Neumann graduated from Western States Chiropractic College in 2009. He has since specialized in the treatment and management of acute spinal injuries.

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