The elbow is an area of the body that is likely to generate pain from everyday movements because it is highly impacted by the forearm muscles. These muscles are attached by tendons housed in the elbow and are constantly being used with simple movements of the upper body. Of course, there are some specific causes of elbow pain that you can work to avoid in order to prevent discomfort.
· Swinging motion of the arms: Pain in the elbow caused by tendon inflammation often goes by the nickname of tennis elbow. This term was adopted because the broad swinging of the arms and bending of the wrist involved in a tennis swing are often sources of pain in the elbow joint. Other sports like golf or baseball that require similar movements can also increase the risk for elbow pain. Stretching before playing these sports can greatly reduce irritation on the tendons of the elbow. Therapeutic massage can also be beneficial, as it will help to fully relax the muscles after heavy use.
· Aging of the body: As you get older, it is more likely for your daily activities to cause discomfort in the joints because the muscles naturally weaken and connective tissues become less stable over time. You can avoid some of these age-related issues, or at least reduce their effect, by staying active with a low-impact exercise routine.
· Repetitive motions: Your job could be causing you pain if you are required to frequently lift objects or perform repetitive tasks like typing. Take care to take breaks throughout your workday so that you can stretch and relax.
If you are experiencing elbow pain or wish to work to prevent it, schedule a consultation at Peterson Chiropractic in New York City. Contact us online or call (212) 242-3210 for a complete look at our massage and chiropractic services designed to keep you well.