How Do You Know If You Have Tennis Elbow

September 10, 2010 by  
Filed under tennis elbow

how-to-tell-if-you-have-tennis-elbow When elbow pain strikes, I bet the first thing most people do is head to the internet and Google the word elbow pain.  The first results that come back include sites that refer to tennis elbow.  So the next search most people will Google is, how do you know if you have tennis elbow, followed by cure tennis elbow.

As with any type of repetitive stress injury, there are some very common tell tale signs that will give you a clearer indication of whether or not do indeed have tennis elbow.  Maybe you’ve had elbow pain for a few days and all you really want is to get rid of it – for good!

The first sign and symptom reported by the majority of tennis elbow sufferers is persistent pain just above the elbow joint on the outside of the upper forearm.  The second most reported symptom is pain radiating down the forearm, past the wrist and into the middle and ring fingers.

A third way to tell if you have tennis elbow is that when you extend or flex your wrist, you experience pain.  Another common tennis elbow symptom is a difficulty in fully extending the forearm.

Another tell tale sign that you are suffering from tennis elbow is progressive weakness in your grip.  You may find it challenging to simply pick up up a coffee mug or turn a doorknob.   You might also feel pain when gripping things such as turning a doorknob or even shaking hands.  Performing simple everyday tasks such as using a screwdriver can cause extreme pain and discomfort.

Some tennis elbow sufferers find it challenging to extend and straighten their arm fully, especially first thing in the morning.

When left untreated tennis elbow symptoms  worsen to the point where you will be in constant pain even when your arm is in a static position and you’re simply resting.

The reasons for so many tennis elbow symptoms can simply be a result of  persistent and repetitive  strain on the muscles in the forearm which are used to extend the wrist and fingers.  Certain sports activities such playing golf and tennis where the repetitive action of twisting the wrist and extending the forearm usually leads to strain and tension on these muscles.

There are also reported but rare cases where people get tennis elbow as a result of a powerful blow to or fall on the elbow itself.

So what’s your next step?  Do any of the symptoms listed above sound familiar to you?

If you are suffering from tennis elbow, the good news is that it’s totally treatable.  But you don’t have to waste hundreds of dollars of your hard earned cash on expensive doctors or physiotherapy visits.  You definitely should not be resorting to washing down fistfuls of anti-inflammatories on a daily basis that only mask your pain and when the pills wear-off, your pain comes back even worse than before!

There’s no need to wear bulky elbow braces, splints or bands that ONLY promote muscle weakness and fatigue.  Ever wonder why when you take off one of these supports, your arm feels like a spaghetti noodle?

What you really need is a proven, step-by-step treatment plan that you can do from the comfort and convenience of your own home, without any special exercise equipment or gadgets.  And the best part…it only takes 5 simple steps every other day…

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  3. Allan on February 8th, 2014 7:51 pm

    I was having all these same symptoms and this helped so much!!! At first I was like oh, it’s just tennis elbow, I’ll just get a brace and it’ll be fine!!! The pain worsened for months and finally I went to the doctor to see if it was broken and turned out it wasn’t!!! They said to go home and research stuff on tennis elbow!!! Wish I had seen this sooner!!! My elbow is so much better now, you should look here before you go wasting hundreds of dollars at the doctor!!!!!! Hope your elbow gets better!!!!

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