We are halfway into spring, and summer is upon us. This means that everyone is getting out of the house and physical activity is increasing nationwide. One of the most common forms of physical activity is tennis. It is highly accessible, as many public parks and other community facilities are fitted with tennis courts. There are many different levels of tennis player, but unfortunately every player is exposed to the potential to develop tennis elbow.
This condition involves a strain, swelling, or any other discomfort in the muscle that runs the Humerus in the upper arm and the Radius and the Ulna in the forearm. Many attribute tennis elbow to an actual problem within this muscle itself, asserting that root causes are in the elbow. However, tennis elbow actually results from tightness and a lack of flexibility in the pectoral muscle. If the pectoral muscle is not performing its proper range of motion, then all parts of the arm involved in the tennis swing are not performing their proper range of motion. While the stress experienced in this scenario is placed on all parts of the arm, the main point of centralization for this stress occurs in the elbow joint where all of the force that is distributed meets.
Chiropractors can potentially diagnose tennis elbow quicker than other medical professionals as they are in tune with the body’s mechanics all across the body. They are also aware of the interactions between different parts of the body that may seem unrelated and in tennis elbow this is exactly the case. The chiropractor can focus on the shoulder joint and other areas that impact the flexing of the elbow joint, and in restoring the pectoral muscle to proper range of motion, the arm can return to its normal range of motion as well.
Maintenance of the injury in the patient is just as important. Proper icing to reduce swelling and strengthening of all the muscles involved are crucial once recovery has been complete. Tennis players should seek comfort in the fact that they have an additional treatment option in chiropractic care.
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