Formed by the radius, the ulna and the humerus bones, your elbow requires healthy amounts of cartilage and ligaments to prevent these bones from scraping against each other and to absorb frequent shocks. Damage to bones, soft tissues or blood vessels and nerves around them may cause elbow pain and stiffness. Pain caused by simple overuse or strain can usually be treated at home with rest, ice, heat and analgesics to alleviate pain. When elbow pain persists and worsens, your Midtown chiropractor recommends having your elbow pain professionally diagnosed and treated at NuView Health Medical of Manhattan.
Your elbow joints contain fluid-filled bursa sacs that help cushion muscles, tendons and bones from powerful impacts. When these sacs become inflamed due to repetitive motions, infection or trauma, they will swell and cause elbow pain. Moderate to severe bursitis can produce pain your neck and back as well.
The ulnar nerve extends along the inside of both elbows, eventually passing through the cubital tunnel, a narrow opening composed of soft tissues. If the ulnar nerve is compressed and irritated due to constantly keeping your elbow bent or leaning on the elbow while resting the elbow on hard surfaces, your Rockefeller chiropractic doctor may diagnose you with cubital tunnel syndrome. Symptoms of CTS include numbness, tingling and burning in your fingers, arm and hand and elbow pain.
Tiny cracks in elbow bones caused by overuse are called stress fractures. Athletes and people who work with their arms often suffer stress fractures that are frequently misdiagnosed as sprains or strains. Stress fracture symptoms include elbow pain, stiffness, swelling around the elbow and pain radiating into shoulder and neck.
Engaging in repetitive, strenuous motions (playing golf or tennis, painting a house, performing carpentry work) may inflame and irritate elbow tendons and muscles. Symptoms of elbow tendonitis include outer elbow soreness, pain when lifting or gripping objects, moderate to severe stiffness of the elbow in the morning and pain radiating to your forearm and wrist.
Elbow pain may also be attributed to arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. To diagnose elbow pain, your Midtown chiropractor will examine the elbow, ask you to describe symptoms in-depth and possibly order diagnostic tests to detect stress fractures.
More than just a chiropractic clinic, we also offer a variety of non-surgical, non-pharmacological methods for addressing elbow pain that promotes healing of damaged tendons and muscles holistically. In addition to adjustments, massage therapy and sports medicine treatments, we also provide acupuncture to stimulate release of endorphins and other chemicals produced by your body to naturally heal inflammation and eliminate pain.
Schedule an appointment today at New York City’s leading integrative health facility today by calling (212) 588-0707. We are conveniently located in Midtown, directly in front of the Rockefeller Center. Immediate appointments are available.
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