Elbow Hurts

May 5, 2011 by  
Filed under tennis elbow

elbow-hurts Injuries are simply a part of life.  Some people are more prone to injury than others.  It’s bad enough to suffer an injury but when a specific part of your body aches or pains for no apparent reason, you really need to take notice.  So what if your elbow hurts and you have no clue as to what caused it or can’t identify any specific movement or activity that may have aggravated your elbow?

Perhaps your elbow hurts when bent or does it hurt all the time?

There can be many reasons why your elbow maybe hurting.  Many people bump their elbows on tables, doors, trip and falls or simply take a direct blow to the elbow.  Some people may incur an elbow injury simply by striking their “funny bone”.  But it’s important to point out that when you strike your “funny bone”, you’re actually pinching the ulnar nerve that runs across your elbow up against the bone in your elbow.  The pinching of the nerve is what gives you that unique “funny” feeling.

Perhaps you are suffering from an injury called bursitis of the elbow.  This condition occurs when the bursa sac in your elbow becomes swollen and inflamed.  If you’ve recently taken a fall onto your elbow, the bursa sac which is filled with synovial fluid that provides a cushion to protect your elbow joint, may become inflamed and swollen as a result of a direct blow.  Common signs of bursitis of the elbow is tender to the touch and red in color.

But what if you have a painful elbow and it hurts on the inside of your elbow?  If this is the case, then you are most likely suffering from an elbow injury called golfers elbow.  Golfers elbow is commonly described as pain and inflammation the inside of the elbow.  It is a repetitive strain injury that occurs of an extended period of time from performing tasks that require a tight grip on an object with frequent gripping with your fingers and tightening of your wrist and forearm.  For example, baseball players and golfers are at high risk of developing golfers elbow simply because before they make contact with the ball, they need to grip down tightly on their bat or club.  This type of repetitive action over time can lead to a case of golfers elbow.

And the third and final possible reason or cause of your hurting elbow is an injury and condition called tennis elbow.  This is by far the most common type of elbow injury.  Tennis elbow is when you have pain and tenderness on the outside of your elbow.  But you don’t have to play tennis to suffer from tennis elbow.  In fact, over 95% of all reported cases of tennis elbow each and every year are from non-tennis players.  Tennis elbow occurs when the extensor tendon that attaches at the lateral epicondyle of your elbow develops a small tear or rip.  Overtime, as you continue to perform repetitive activities or motions that require a tight grip on an object, you may discover that your elbow hurts more and more.

Now just to make sure that it is tennis elbow that you are suffering from and to rule out the other types of elbow injuries, you may want to ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Do twisting actions of your forearm cause your elbow to hurt even more?
  2. Do you sometimes experience elbow pain that spreads and radiates from your elbow down to your wrist?
  3. Have you noticed that your elbow hurts when gripping or grasping objects?
  4. Does your elbow pain increase when you flex or extend your wrist?
  5. Are you noticing that you drop and fumble with things more often than before?
  6. Have you noticed that your grip has been getting weaker?
  7. Do you have a burning sensation or tenderness on the outside of your elbow?
  8. Is your are extremely stiff or hard to straighten fully, especially when you get up in the morning?
  9. Do you experience elbow pain when you perform these basic tasks:  turning a doorknob, shaking someone’s hand, using a screwdriver or even opening the lid on a jar?
  10. Maybe your elbow hurts when lifting boxes or any other items where you have arms extended fully?

If you are reading the above items and ANY of them sound all too familiar to you, then there is a good probability that you are suffering from tennis elbow, which is the real reason why your elbow hurts!

So now that you know why your elbow is hurting and that you are suffering from tennis elbow, what is the fastest and quickest way to eliminate your tennis elbow pain?

This much is true … all it really takes to completely eliminate, cure and treat your tennis elbow fast are 5 simple, step-by-step techniques that you can do from the comfort of your own living room, while sitting in your comfy chair watching your favorite television show, without any special exercise equipment or gadgets!

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