Jennifer - Elbow
The most common cause of elbow pain is injury or overuse. Activities where injury or over use occurs can be sports injury, work related over use, projects around your home, or a fall where you might land on or hit your elbow. Most blows to the elbow are not strong enough to fracture it. It is usually the ligaments and tendons that are injured. These injuries may involve a tear in the annular ligament, which wraps around the radius bone to the humerus bone. These ligaments take all the strain when the lower arm turns. Activities like twisting a screwdriver, turning a key or hitting a baseball are examples. Elbow pain can also involve tendon injury, as in the cases of tennis or golfer’s elbow. In tennis elbow it is the extensor tendons which move the wrist up, that can be damaged. In golfer’s elbow it is the flexor tendons, that move the wrist down, that get injured. It is not rare for us to see elbow and hand pain that has been misdiagnosed as carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel syndrome involves the entrapment of the median nerve where the wrist and hand connect.
Common symptoms of elbow injury are: pain, swelling, numbness, tingling in the arm, weakness, and changes in temperature or color of the skin. A patient may not remember having a specific injury, especially if symptoms began gradually or during usual activities.
Other causes of elbow pain include tendonitis, bursitis, arthritis, elbow strains and infections. Eighty percent of chronic elbow pain is caused by spraining the annular ligament, which attaches the radius bone to the ulnar bone. Because of the heavy demands placed on the fingers and hands by performing repetitive tasks, the annular ligament is stressed daily and could become a source of chronic pain. Another source of chronic elbow pain is strain of the ulnar collateral ligament. This ligament supports the inside of the elbow and holds the ulnar bone to the humerus.
Conventional medical treatments may relieve the symptoms of elbow pain, but they do not remedy the underlying cause of the problem. Our goal at Pacific Prolotherapy and Medical Wellness Center is for our patients to have an active, healthy, pain free life. Prolotherapy is a very safe, affordable option that allows you to keep working and training during the recovery process. It is one of the few treatments that encourages movement post-treatment. Movement actually aids the healing process after Prolotherapy.