The elbow joint is made of three interconnected bones, known as humerus, radius, and ulna. 

These bones have cartilage for absorbing shocks, which helps them slide smoothly against each other. They also have ligaments for keeping the bones in place and tendons that connect muscles to bones and allow different movements. 

If something happens to any of these parts, it results in pain. Some common causes of elbow pain include: 

  • Tendonitis
  • Dislocated Elbow
  • Bursitis
  • Elbow Strains and Sprains


1.   Tendonitis
Tendonitis is the inflammation of tendons, which stems from sudden injuries and repetitive motions. It is common in athletes, painters, plumbers, carpenters, and gardeners because their work involves repetitive movements. Symptoms of Tendonitis include stiff elbow, pain, and weakness in the hands and wrist.

2.   Dislocated Elbow
A dislocated elbow is a condition in which one bone is separated or moved from its normal position. You may experience excruciating pain, but immediate treatment can reduce the risk of permanent damage. It usually occurs due to severe accidents, but sports injuries can also result in a dislocated arm.

3.   Bursitis
Bursitis is the inflammation of fluid-filled, cushioning sacs that surround your bones, tendons, and ligaments. Symptoms include stiffness, swelling, and pain when you bend the elbow. Bursitis can be triggered by the following:

  • Trauma, such as falls.
  • Overworking your elbow joint while playing hockey, football, or basketball.
  • Working on computer keyboards for an extended time.

4.   Elbow Strains And Sprains
Elbow strain is caused by abnormal tearing and stretching of elbow tendons and muscles, resulting in an inability to bend or extend the arm. Strains usually happen due to falls and accidents.

On the other hand, a sprain is defined as abnormal tearing and stretching of ligaments, and it’s common among sports players. Some of the symptoms include swelling, bruising, and pain.

How Does Chiropractic Care Help With Elbow Pain?
In addition to medications and surgeries, there are some chiropractic techniques that help relieve elbow pain by focusing on the underlying cause of pain and treating its symptoms accordingly.


Some of these chiropractic techniques include:

  • Spinal Manipulation: It helps minimize the excruciating pain in the elbow and arm. Regular sessions of spinal manipulation help improve range of motion, decreases inflammation and nerve irritation.
  • Joint Manipulation: In this technique, your chiropractor will move your elbow back and forth until you hear your bones pop or click. It’s the sound of your joint falling back into its place.
  • Myofascial Release: It’s a form of physical therapy that helps restore elbow functionality and reduce muscle soreness by applying pressure across the arm towards your elbow.
  • Rehabilitation exercises: It involves various exercises such as ice massage, wrist turn, fist clench, towel twist, and dumbbell supination. 

If you have any more questions about elbow pain and its treatment with chiropractic techniques, book an appointment with us for a free consultation!

Dr. Rami Layous

Dr. Rami Layous


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