In simple terms, the elbow's connected to the upper arm. The upper arm is connected to the shoulder, and the shoulder's connected to the neck. Everything works together for smooth, pain free motion.
In more complex terms, changes in the spinal cord may be the key. The spinal cord passes through the bones of the neck called the cervical spine. Any changes in the line up of the bones in the spine may cause the spinal cord to react. This is called
So the symptoms of tennis elbow may actually start in the neck rather than in the elbow itself. Treatment of the neck may change the way pain messages are sent and delivered by
the spinal cord.
The therapist helps restore normal motion in the joints of the cervical spine. This type of treatment is called manual therapy. Some studies show patients with tennis elbow get better faster when manual therapy of the neck and/or elbow are used instead of
just local treatment to the elbow.