We understand how debilitating elbow pain can be. Elbow pain is particularly common among people who play sports and people who do skilled manual work. 

There are many kinds of elbow pain, including: golfers elbow (inside of the elbow), tennis elbow (outside of the elbow), elbow arthritis, osteochondritis dissecans, elbow bursitis, entrapped nerves, stress fractures or a broken arm.

Depending on the condition, elbow pain can be sharp, stabbing, have a dull ache, be stiff or have painful movement.


Here are some common causes of elbow pain:

  • Trauma
  • Repetitive micro-trauma (golfers/tennis elbow)
  • Overuse (manual labour)
  • Poor posture (shoulders rounding forward)
  • Inflammation

Once other diseases or fractures have been ruled out, the primary cause of elbow pain is mechanical in nature. Poor alignment/posture of the neck and shoulder will often put pressure further ‘downstream’ of the elbow. 

If the bones of your spine are not aligned well, it can place added pressure on the bones, ligaments, muscles, discs and nerves surrounding the neck, which can refer pain down into the elbow.

This alignment issue creates all kinds of pain and dysfunction in the elbow.

Or the issue might be arising locally at the site of the elbow from things like repetitive strain injuries, which are common in manual workers. 


At Proactive Health Chiropractic we take a holistic approach to helping you. Assessing your entire body, rather than just looking at your elbow in isolation.

A key factor in our treatment is the assessment of the shoulder and cervical spine, as dysfunction in these areas can create issues in the elbow. 

In conjunction with our chiropractic adjustments we also provide you with ergonomic, nutritional and exercise advice to help prevent the problem from returning in the future. This is particularly important for manual workers. 

We are committed to helping people of all ages and body types experience a life free from pain and dysfunction. 

Our method of adjusting focuses on assessing and improving your posture. Your posture is your spinal alignment, or, how well your spinal bones balance. 

By ensuring your spine has great alignment it helps to remove the musculoskeletal imbalances often responsible for causing pain and dysfunction.


Our chiropractic method, Advanced Bio-structural Correction (ABC) focuses on improving spinal alignment and posture for people of all ages.

To read more about ABC, click here.

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