Elbow Hurts When Gripping
How many times a day do you think you open and close your hand to make a fist? Every time you pick up an object, your hand is required to make a fist as your fingers wrap around the object to pick it up or grip it.
I bet you make a grip or fist at least 500 times a day without even noticing it but we take it for granted until pain prevents us from doing so. Do why is it that sometimes your elbow hurts when gripping an object or grasping onto something?
Perhaps you’ve just noticed that you have elbow pain from gripping the most basic items or performing everyday tasks, such as gripping a coffee mug, shaking someone’s hand, turning a doorknob, raking leaves, shoveling snow, opening a jar, holding a hammer, screwdriver or any other tool.
First let me tell you that you’re not alone. This is one of the most commonly reported symptoms of the number one elbow injury called tennis elbow.
Before we get exactly how tennis elbow occurs, it’s important to learn about the muscles that are involved when you make a fist or grip an object. One of the major muscles of the upper forearm is called the extensor carpi radialis brevi. One end of it attaches to the humerus bone of the upper arm. Muscles have tendons that help them stay attached to bones. An extensor tendon attaches the extensor carpi radialis brevi to your upper arm bone.
Every time you open and close your hand, make a fist or are required to have a strong grip on something, your extensor carpi radialis brevi is “called into action”.
Over time, the repetitive nature of opening and closing your hand, or gripping down tightly on an object for extended periods of time, puts extreme pressure and strain on the extensor tendon. Eventually, the tendon gives way and small micro/mini tears develop which results in upper forearm pain and discomfort on the outside of the elbow – which is more commonly referred to as tennis elbow.
So what types of job, activities or careers can cause tennis elbow or put you in the higher risk category of developing this stubborn and nagging injury?
- baseball players
- any type of raquet sports
- meat packers
- postal workers
- factory workers
- construction workers
- dentists/dental assistants
- football players
- cricket players
If you are involved in any of the above activities, jobs, careers or hobbies then this is most likely cause of your tennis elbow. Tennis elbow rarely develops over night or is a result of blunt force trauma to the elbow.
The biggest mistake that most tennis elbow sufferers make is ignoring your sore elbow in hopes that it will magically disappear. I’m sorry to say but this will not happen. In fact, the longer you wait to treat tennis elbow, the worse your pain and suffering will get and the longer your recovery can take. But here’s some good news…
You don’t have to shell out hundreds of dollars of your hard earned cash on doctors or physical therapists to stop your elbow pain. Forget about washing down fistfuls of anti-inflammatory pills on a daily basis that really only masks the pain for a couple of hours. You don’t need to resort to wearing bulky and restrictive elbow braces, bands or straps – which in fact promotes muscles weakness and fatigue. Never worry about having to get painful cortisone shots or injections in your elbow!
All it really takes to eliminate your elbow pain from gripping and stop your tennis elbow pain for good, are 5 simple, step-by-step techniques that you can do from the comfort and convenience of your own living room, while sitting in your comfy chair watching your favorite television show – without any special exercise equipment or gadgets!