Elbow Pain But No Swelling
Many people will suffer some sort of elbow injury at some point in their life. Whether you develop your injury by simply catching the tip of your elbow on a door or table(sometimes referred to as striking your “funny bone”) or maybe through repetitive movements of an extended period of time, elbow pain is no laughing matter.
But what if you have elbow pain but no swelling. What exactly does this mean?
The first thing you should do, is locate exactly where you have pain and what actions or movements make your pain and symptoms worse. If your elbow pain is located on the inside of your elbow, then there is a good chance that you are suffering from a condition called golfers elbow.
Before you even say it, ‘but I don’t play golf’, you don’t have to play golf to suffer from golfers elbow. Golfers elbow is a repetitive strain injury that causes pain and tenderness on the inside of your elbow. It is caused by performing repetitive tasks that require constant bending of the fingers and wrist where you’re required to keep a tight grip on an object. For example, swinging a baseball bat, shoveling snow, raking leaves are all examples of activities that can cause golfers elbow but by no means are these the only ones.
So what if your elbow pain is located on the outside of your elbow and you have no signs of swelling or inflammation. Pain that is isolated in this area is more commonly associated with an elbow injury called tennis elbow. Tennis elbow is commonly described as pain, tenderness and sometimes a burning sensation on the outside of the elbow. Everyday common tasks that require gripping or the use of your forearm can cause your pain to increase and get worse. For example, simply gripping a coffee mug, shaking someone’s hand, opening the lid on a jar or even turning a doorknob causes extreme pain and discomfort in your upper forearm and elbow region.
There are many tennis elbow causes but it’s usually caused by performing repetitive tasks over an extended period of time. It rarely “comes on” or develops overnight. The extensor tendon that attaches at the lateral epicondyle of your elbow starts to develop small micro tears from excessive strain and pressure. It’s these small tears that causes your painful tennis elbow symptoms.
And just like golfers elbow, you don’t have to play tennis to suffer from tennis elbow. In fact, over 95% of reported cases every year are from non-tennis players. Most people are not even aware of tennis elbow causes or how it happens.
So why is there no swelling but elbow pain?
Chances are you did have swelling but just didn’t notice it. Within the first 2 weeks of suffering a tennis elbow injury, you do experience some degree or level of inflammation and swelling. We all experience swelling and inflammation on different levels and it’s possible that you just didn’t give any attention to it. The strange thing with tennis elbow is that after the initial 2-3 weeks, the swelling and inflammation decreases and this is when your injury gets worse.
Most people will take a short rest or time away from what caused their elbow pain/injury. And then after a short break, they continue on with the activities that caused their tennis elbow in the first place because their elbow feels “good again”. This is when you actually make your injury and tear even worse. Simple because, any healing that occurred over the 2 weeks gets eliminated as the tear in the tendon gets larger which results in an even longer recovery period. Not to mention the development of scar tissue that usually occurs, causing even greater pain!
So how do you best treat tennis elbow and stop your elbow pain for good?
Well, I can tell you that you don’t need to shell out hundreds of dollars of your hard earned cash on doctors or physio. Don’t waste your money on topical creams or rubs. Forget about washing down fistfuls of anti-inflammatory pills on a daily basis that only mask your pain. Never worry about getting painful cortisone shots in your arm. Elbow braces/straps and arm bands are bulky, restrictive and actually promote muscles weakness and fatigue.
The fastest, cheapest and most effective way to completely cure tennis elbow is at home. All you need to do is follow these 5 simple, step-by-step techniques from the comfort of your own living room while watching your favorite television show, sitting in your comfy chair – without any special exercise equipment or gadgets!