The elbow is composed of three bones. The humerus (upper arm) articulates with the radius and ulna (forearm) forming a hinge joint. Ligaments, nerves, muscles, and bursa sacs surround the elbow joint. The above structures aid in the movement and protection of the elbow joint.
The elbow is prone to repetitive over use injuries. Repetitive sports activities are probably the most common of these injuries. Activities that place the arm in an extension (straight) position such as throwing a baseball or football and swinging a bat, club, or racket tend to cause most of the elbow injuries.
Epicondylitis, which is inflammation of the muscle attachment areas of the humerus, can effect the medial (inner) and lateral (outer) areas of the elbow joint. These injuries are most commonly called Tennis Elbow, Golfer’s Elbow, and Little Leaguer’s Elbow. Bursitis (inflammation of the bursa sac) is another injury that will cause pain/discomfort and swelling in the elbow area. The elbow is also prone to contusions, nerve entrapments, and sprains do to the lack of padding and compromised position the elbow is placed in causing a vulnerability to the joint.
The majority of the population seeks medical help for a quick fix for pain relief. The medications that are prescribed help diminish the pain but do not treat the underlying cause of the dysfunction. The Doctor of Chiropractic looks for these causes.
The Chiropractor will perform an initial consultation and a detailed medical history. After the physical, orthopedic, and chiropractic examinations, radiographs of the area of chief complaint may be warranted for further diagnosis. Based on the findings the chiropractor gives a report of findings and a treatment plan, which will be discussed with the patient. Referrals to other practitioners are made if necessary.
Mass Ave Chiropractic Center
Dr. Daniel LaBell
313 Lunenburg Street, (Rt. 2A - Mass Ave), Fitchburg, MA 01420 - Only 500 yds. North of the John Fitch Hwy -
Most Health Insurances Accepted
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