Elbow Stiffness Gone in 5 Easy Steps

May 9, 2011 by  
Filed under tennis elbow

elbow-stiffness For many people, when we wake in the morning after a good nights rest, a natural movement is to stretch your arms outwards and upwards.  But what if you can’t do this because you suffer from elbow stiffness?  Why is it that your arm is stiff, especially in the morning and you find it challenging to straighten your arm fully?

For those who suffer from a stiff elbow, even reaching out to shake someone’s hand can be difficult and downright painful.  If this all sounds to familiar to you, then you should know that you may very well be suffering from one of the most common types of elbow injuries called tennis elbow.  Yes, the problem lies directly at your elbow and not with your entire arm.

Your elbow is responsible for extending and flexing your arm.  In other words, moving your arm away from your body and bringing it in closer.  When any of the muscles, tendons or ligaments in your arm become damaged or injured, it can directly impact your ability to flex or extend your arm.  When a muscle, tendon or ligament becomes torn, inflamed or swollen, it can cause a change in the normal size and length of any of these structures.  Shortening of the ligaments or tendons at the elbow will affect your ability to straighten your arm fully.

When you suffer a tennis elbow injury, your elbow hurts because the extensor tendon that attaches at the lateral epicondyle of your elbow becomes torn and inflamed.  As a result, you may experience elbow stiffness and your ability to extend your arm as you normally could before.

So might be thinking, how could I have torn my extensor tendon?  Or maybe you’re thinking, there’s no way I can have tennis elbow, I don’t play tennis.  Let’s address your first question.  Tennis elbow is caused by performing repetitive tasks over an extended period of time where you need to maintain a tight grip on an object, combined with wrist flexion or extension to perform a specific task or activity.  For example, simple tasks such as painting, gardening, knitting, using tools, chopping with a knife, playing guitar/drums, playing baseball, football or any other type of racquet sport can all cause and lead to a tennis elbow injury.

I bet you didn’t know that over 95% of tennis elbow cases every year are from non-tennis players!  The only reason why it’s called tennis elbow is because the first ever reported case of tennis elbow was reported by a tennis player.  Of course tennis players quite often suffer from this injury but no more than any other group who’s primary job, occupation or everyday activities involve repetitive actions of the wrist, forearm and elbow.

Besides the stiffness in your elbow, you may also experience a burning sensation or tenderness on the outside of your elbow.  You may notice that your grip has been getting weaker and that you drop or fumble with things more often than before.  Any sort of activity that involves grasping or gripping an object causes an increase in your elbow pain.  When you extend or flex your wrist, you an increase in sharp elbow pain.  It’s also not uncommon to experience pain that radiates from your elbow down your forearm and into your wrist.

If you suffer from a stiff elbow combined with any of symptoms in the above paragraph, then I am 99% certain that you are indeed suffering from tennis elbow.   But I must warn you that the longer you wait to treat this condition, the worse it will get and the longer your recovery could take.  So you may be thinking, what is the fastest, quickest and safest way to treat tennis elbow so you can get back to all your favorite sports or activities again?

If so, then you’ll love what I’m about to tell you!  You don’t need physio, doctors, anti-inflammatory drugs, muscle rubs or creams, elbow braces/straps/armbands, painful cortisone shots or worry about invasive elbow surgery.

As someone who spent over $780 of my hard earned cash on all of the above, I wish I knew what I am about to reveal to you!  The cure for tennis elbow is incredibly simple.  In fact all it really takes to completely cure it once and for all are 5 simple, step-by-step techniques that you can do from the comfort of your own home, sitting in your comfy chair watching your favorite television show without any special exercise equipment or gadgets!

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