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The elbows are hinge joints, meaning they only move back and forth in one direction. This makes them relatively stable; even so, they are still susceptible to both acute injuries and wear and tear complications. Our chiropractor in Boca Raton, FL, Dr. Ernest S. Caruso has worked with many people struggling with elbow pain and offers natural and non-invasive healing solutions.
Pain and dysfunction in the elbow can be caused by a wide number of factors. Here are a few of the most common causes we see:
These factors can lead to problems like joint space narrowing, joint space inflammation, muscle spasms or irritation, ligament sprains, epicondylitis (tennis elbow and golfer's elbow), or bursitis.
Signs and symptoms of elbow dysfunction may include pain (often described as dull, achy, or throbbing), swelling and tenderness at the joint, audible or palpable grinding or clicking in the joint, decreased range of motion in the arm (especially with pronation and supination—turning your palm down or up), difficulty grasping or picking up objects, difficulty turning doorknobs and opening jars, weakness in the arm or hand, or even numbness and tingling in the fingers (if nerve impingement is involved).
Dr. Caruso offers several chiropractic care techniques to help people resolve their elbow pain, understand and correct the contributing factors, and avoid recurring problems in the future which could otherwise keep them out of work or sport. Such services and techniques include: