elbow-pain-knitting You don’t have to be participating in the sports arena or performing strenuous physical activities to suffer from elbow pain and discomfort.  Enjoying your favorite pastime or hobby such as knitting, can over many years lead to and cause elbow pain.  So why is it that performing this leisurely activity cause so much discomfort and problems with the elbows?

As we’ve just learned, you don’t have to be participating in a physically demanding sport or activity to suffer an elbow injury.  It’s all about the movement and action you perform and how often you do it, that can even cause some elbow stiffness.  Let’s look at what exactly happens when you knit.

From my little knowledge and experience of knitting, to be honest I only know this much from my Grandma, you need two knitting needles and a ball of yarn or wool.  There are some basic skills that you need to learn in order to start knitting, like how to:

  • make a purl stitch
  • knit stitches
  • making a slip knot and how to cast it on
  • binding or casting off

Once you have mastered these skills, you’re off to the races but…

Knitting can take a toll on your fingers, wrist and elbows – especially if you’ve been doing it for years.  The reason being that depending on the kind of patterns you frequently use and the size of your project, it can take hours upon hours to complete just one item.  Think about how many times, you’ve curled the wool around the tip of the needle.  This requires very precise movements that engage the small muscles, tendons and ligaments in your fingers, wrist and elbows.

The elbow pain that you are experiencing is a direct result from knitting thousands of stitches which has caused a small tear in the extensor tendon that attaches at your elbow.  Now, if the elbow pain that you are experiencing is on the outside of your elbow, then this is not just some ordinary elbow pain that will pass with time away from your favorite pastime or hobby.

You are actually suffering from the most commonly reported elbow injury by people who knit.  The actual name of this injury is tennis elbow.  Of course, you didn’t suffer from this injury from playing tennis.  It’s fact that 95% of tennis elbow cases each year come from non-tennis players.

There are many repetitive actions or movements just like knitting that can cause tennis elbow.  You could develop tennis elbow or be at high risk of getting it, if you are a golfer, baseball player, mechanic, construction worker, dentist, plumber, nurse, factory worker, postal worker, painter, carpenter, bowler, volleyball player, musician, gardener, or basically any type of activity where you’re required to keep a tight grip on an object to perform a specific task or job.

Many sufferers of tennis elbow, such as people who like to knit,  make a critical mistake when trying to get rid of their pain.  They take the wait and see approach in hopes that it will magically disappear on it’s own.  The truth of the matter is that your tennis elbow pain will only gets worse the longer you wait to treat it and the longer your recovery can take.

But here’s the great news!  You don’t have to give up knitting to eliminate your elbow pain and recover from tennis elbow.  Even better, forget about wasting hundreds of dollars of your hard earned cash on physical therapy or doctors visits.  Forget about having to take anti-inflammatory pills every couple of hours that really only mask your pain and do nothing to treat the root cause of your pain.  Never worry about having to wear bulky elbow braces/straps or armbands which only promote muscle fatigue and weakness.  Slam the door in the face of the knife wielding elbow surgeon!

To be completely honest with you, all you really need to fully recover from tennis elbow are 5 simple, step-by-step techniques that you can do from the comfort of the chair you are sitting on, watching your favorite television show without any special exercise equipment or gadgets!

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