Our Chiropractic Clinic Blog

Interested in reducing pain and improving fitness? Our chiropractors give tips on building a healthier lifestyle through chiropractic care, nutrition, and more!

Local Elbow Pain

Local Elbow Pain

Reading this title, you might have considered "local" as a geographical location such as Wichita, KS; however, I am referring to pain that is arising in tissues (muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments) local to the elbow. There are many causes to elbow pain. Elbow pain can originate from simple issues such as: muscular tension surrounding the elbow, or more complex scenarios arising from the shoulder blade and neck. When the source of the pain is close to the elbow, it is considered local pain. Elbow pain arising from the shoulder or hand is considered regional pain, and when pain is a full body experience, it is considered a global pain mechanism. Whatever the cause may be, taking the time to identify if the pain source is local, regional, or global is the only way to decrease and eliminate the pain as fast as possible.

ICTMJC Approach

When someone presents to us with elbow pain, our first goal is to establish the category of pain you are experiencing. What is driving your elbow pain - inflammation from movement, chemical inflammation, tightness, tension on the nerves running through the arm, etc. Once this is understood, only then can an effective treatment approach be taken. If your elbow pain is due to tension on a nerve near your shoulder, then treating the elbow will produce no results. This lack of understanding, during an initial visit, is often times the source of long treatment plans. By taking the extra steps to identify the possible local, regional, and global influences on your elbow pain, we can produce better and faster results.

Common Causes of Local Elbow Pain

Local causes of elbow pain typically include:

  • Restricted elbow joint
  • Fracture
  • Tendonitis
  • Tendinosis
  • Myalgia
  • Nerve Entrapment
  • Bursitis
  • Or any combination above

These are typically the easiest to treat, not always the fastest to heal. When it comes to different tissues in the body (muscle vs tendon), each have their own healing timeframes. Typical diagnosis that you may hear about that fall within this category of local elbow pain include: golfer's elbow, tennis elbow, and little leaguer elbow. Each one of these diagnoses indicate the pain source is local to the elbow. A treatment plan that addresses both the pain source and the mechanical source is the ultimate way to improve the elbow back to its full capabilities.

Non-Shotgun Techniques for Local Elbow Pain

Many who know us, know we hate the typical shotgun approach. Same thing for all patients, diagnoses, and anything and everything under the sun. To produce great results, there needs to be specific, non-generic techniques/procedures to back up the findings of a thorough assessment. Techniques that we implement, that produce incredible results with local elbow pain, include: A.R.T., DNS, KT tape, and McKenzie/MDT. These approaches help to target different soft tissue structures surrounding the elbow, to reduce the pain and improve the surround mechanics.

ICTMJC's Pain Message

Becoming an educated healthcare consumer is what is going to drive healthcare into the future. Better options are out there; our goal is to help you identify them and become more educated throughout the process.


Have a Question?

Do you have a question about chiropractic care, fitness or nutrition?  We would love to hear from you, and we might even turn your question into our next blog post!

Ask a Question

Blog Topics

Pain Management Neurology dairy free WSU Chiropractic sports Sprinting chiropractic #KneePain orthotics 5K wichita Inner Thigh Sitting Posture SportsInjury Massage seminar awareness #wholefoods parenting chiropractor #freemuscletherapy sport injuries Gym Mid-Back Pain Education pregnancy development health guest blog test performance Disc Herniation Strain Shoulder Pain FAQ healthcare Shoes Self Help lifting bodyawareness FootExercise #growingwichita home stretches GroupTraining WestWichita Membership Plan chiropractors Nerve Pain FoamRollingFriday bodyweight Inflammation weekend muscletherapy foot pain ChiropracticOffice rhomboid muscles #somethingsbrewingict Core Strength kansas membership plan Healing Mechanics Yoga community Insurance Headaches allergies crossfit Movement Compression Sleeves Recovery Myths Myofascial Release knee joint Equipment Physical Therapy Tension Fitness Class Low Back Pain #Wichita Plateau entrepreneur Conditioning Stop Light Payment Functional Core Conservative Care Taping stability rollingpatterns Healthcare stress tummytime Adductors Fitness culture Squat Toe gaming Rolling Patterns BeginningExercise esports Elbow Pain postpartum tag2 Squats patriotic knee health crawling Heel Pain race #Running treatment options #races knee function #1millioncupsict #FootPain Feet 2018 #hipstrength Running Dry Needling MRI SportsChiropractor Orthotics inflammation elbow pain pain management Foot Pain Body Awareness Mobility Limitation mental health Adjustment Pain #RunningPain physical therapy #HipPain running #deepsquat WichitaChiropractor Cupping Therapy Handout Seek Chiropractor sara skiles Rehabilitation #localfarmers Company Announcements Health Treatment Options Soft Tissue Therapy Latissimus Dorsi Breathing Rhomboid Muscles Hip Flexors squat WestWichitaChiropractor DNS Accupuncture HamstringStrain #localbusiness Foam Rolling Acupuncture foot complaint Information #bellybreathing Shoulder Home Stretches ICTrunning How to reduce pain rehabilitation SportsRehab doula knee pain ShoeShopping childbearing Wichita DryNeedling Lumbar Roll Glute Muscles Performance Top 5 toe functionality GoTime disc herniation adjustment squats Cost movement screen Exercise Understanding Pain PlantarFasciitis ICT myths Grand Opening Wet Needling Pectoralis Muscles motorpatterns BackPain mechanics functional chiropractor conditioning RunningShoes Crossfit ChiropracticPhysician Mobility Drill Sitting Help Lifting 1MillionCups plantar fasciitis

Subscribe to Our Blog

Move HEALTHY.               Feel HEALTHY.              Live HEALTHY.