Elbow Hurts When Lifting
Pain is the bodies natural response in telling us that something is just not right. Some people simply choose to ignore the pain until it interferes with their daily tasks or activities while others throw a little more caution to the wind and decide to investigate this pain further. So what if your pain is located at the elbow? Perhaps your elbow hurts when lifting a heavy object such as a box or television? Maybe you have elbow pain from weight lifting at the gym? Does your elbow hurt when you use dumbbells?
If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to any of the above questions there is a good chance that you are suffering from the most common type of elbow injury – tennis elbow. Before you call me out and say ‘but I don’t play tennis’, you don’t have to play tennis to suffer from tennis elbow. Over 95% of all reported cases of tennis elbow come from non-tennis players!
Tennis elbow in laymen terms is repetitive strain injury that causes pain on the outside point of the elbow when the extensor tendon becomes inflamed and irritated where it attaches to lateral epicondyle of the humerus bone(upper arm bone).
So how do you get tennis elbow? Anyone who performs repetitive tasks on a daily/weekly basis, blunt force trauma or injury to the elbow area can suffer from tennis elbow. As a result, small micro tears can occur over time which causes pain and discomfort. Most people simply ignore the pain at first until they go back to the task or activity that caused the injury in the first place. So if you go to lift a box with your arms extended outwards, you may feel pain in your elbow. When you perform activities that involve wrist extension or flexion, such as curling dumbbells at the gym, using power tools, shaking hands with someone, gripping a coffee mug or simply carrying a grocery bag can all result in elbow pain and discomfort.
Other activities and professions that are considered high risk for developing tennis elbow can include but not limited too:
- dental assistants
- raquet sports
- meat packers
- construction workers
- factory workers
- postal workers
I must issue a warning to those who think tennis elbow is just a ‘sissy injury’ and think that tennis elbow will just magically disappear on it’s own. As someone who suffered from tennis elbow for over 7 years, I can tell you that tennis elbow is not an injury you should take lightly! In fact, tennis elbow if not treated early on, gets significantly worse over time and the longer you wait to treat it, the longer your recovery can take!
So take it from someone who has walked a mile and more in your shoes and spent over $700 on so called ‘traditional’ treatment methods for tennis elbow(doctors, physiotherapy, anti-inflammatory pills, cortisone shots, elbow braces/bands/straps, anti-inflammatory creams, acupuncture), you name it – I tried it!
All it really takes to completely cure your tennis elbow and eliminate your elbow pain when lifting for good are 5 easy-to-follow, techniques that you can do from the comfort of your own living room while watching your favorite television show – without any special exercise equipment or gadgets!