Elbow Pain Extending to Fingers

November 23, 2010 by  
Filed under tennis elbow

elbow-pain-extends-fingers It’s not uncommon to experience elbow pain from time to time if you are performing repetitive actions on a daily basis that requires a tight grip on an object.  So what if your elbow pain has progressed from a dull ache and now your elbow pain is extending to your fingers?  Is this something you should be concerned about?  Is there something more serious going on here such as an actually injury as opposed to a simple muscle strain or pull?

First and foremost you need to make sure that this arm elbow pain originates at the elbow and then travels down the forearm and into your fingers.  Arm pain that travels down the upper arm and into the hand and fingers is something a little more serious and you should seek immediate doctor care, especially if it’s your left arm.

Next you should identify the source of your elbow pain.  Do you have elbow pain all the time?  Does performing certain activities make the pain worse?  Does your pain increase at night or during the day?  Do you find it difficult sometimes to extend or straighten your arm fully?

If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, there is a good possibility that you are suffering from the most common type of elbow injury called tennis elbow.  At this point you maybe thinking, “but I don’t play tennis”.  You don’t have to play tennis or participate in any other type of racket sport to suffer a tennis elbow injury.  The medical term for tennis elbow is lateral epicondylitis.

Tennis elbow is most commonly described as pain and inflammation that originates on the outside of the elbow.  It’s not uncommon to have elbow pain that extends down the forearm and into the fingers or wrist.  Performing repetitive tasks that involve excessive wrist extension causes irritation of the extensor tendon in your forearm where it attaches to the lateral epicondyle of your humerus bone.

The majority of tennis elbow sufferers report an increase in pain when they perform activities that require a tight grip on an object combined with elbow rotation.  For example using a paintbrush, performing gardening duties with a rake or shovel, performing around the house jobs with a screwdriver, wrench or hammer, etc.   Some tennis elbow sufferers don’t realize how debilitating tennis elbow can be until is impacts their daily activities and interferes with simple chores that a day, week or month before they took for granted.

It’s not uncommon to have elbow pain when you grip a coffee mug, turn a doorknob, shake someone’s hand or even carry a grocery bag.  You may also experience elbow pain when you lift a box with your arms fully extended out in front of you.

Tennis elbow can affect anyone at any age and I bet you didn’t know that over 95% of all reported cases of tennis elbow every year are from non-tennis players.  It’s the number one reported elbow injury ahead of it’s “brother elbow injury” – golfers elbow.

Most people who suffer from tennis elbow make a vital mistake when it comes to treating tennis elbow.  Choosing to do nothing about it and ignoring the pain in hopes that it will magically disappear somehow.  This ignorance towards this injury can actually make your injury worse and extend the length of time it takes for you to make a full recovery.

So now that you know you are suffering from tennis elbow, what is your best option for tennis elbow treatment?

Well, I can tell you from experience that you don’t have to waste hundreds of dollars of your hard earned cash(…like I did…) in order to completely recover from tennis elbow and elbow pain that extends to your fingers.  You can cure, heal and treat your tennis elbow injury at home using 5 simple, step-by-step techniques while sitting in your comfy chair watching your favorite television show – without any special exercise equipment or gadgets!

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