How a Chiropractor Can Help with Elbow UCL Sprains
Have you ever experienced an elbow UCL sprain? It’s not uncommon, particularly for athletes who use their arms and elbows during repetitive motion. Fortunately, chiropractors are available to help provide relief from the pain. Let’s learn more about what a chiropractor can do to help with your elbow UCL sprain.
What is a UCL Sprain?
Ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) sprains occur when there is damage to the soft tissue that connects the humerus bone in the arm to the ulna bone in the forearm. This kind of injury is commonly seen among baseball pitchers and tennis players due to overuse of their elbows and in other sports involving throwing or frequent overhead motions. Symptoms include pain, swelling, instability, and tenderness around the elbow joint.
How Does a Chiropractor Help?
A chiropractor can help relieve pain associated with this injury by manually manipulating the joint and surrounding tissues. They use gentle stretching techniques such as Active Release Technique (ART) to reduce tension in muscles and improve mobility. In addition, they may also recommend therapeutic exercises, stretches, and other forms of physical therapy to help strengthen arm muscles and improve range of motion.
Lastly, a chiropractor may also recommend lifestyle changes such as avoiding activities that put a strain on the elbow joint or using heat/ice packs at home to reduce inflammation associated with the injury.
You Don’t Have to Live with Pain
A UCL sprain can be painful and limiting but it doesn’t have to stay that way! With regular visits to your local chiropractor, you can experience relief from your symptoms while learning how to protect yourself better against future injuries. If you’re experiencing pain due to an elbow UCL sprain, why not seek out professional treatment?
So, If you have other questions or would like to learn more about chiropractic care and if it is right for you, book a free online appointment with myself, Dr. Tyler Baron, BASc, DC or another chiropractor at CARESPACE Health+Wellness with locations in Kitchener and Waterloo. We are happy to answer any questions you may have.