How to Treat A Sore Elbow

January 1, 2011 by  
Filed under tennis elbow

When you experience any form of pain or soreness in any part of your body, the only thing on your mind is how do I get rid of it – and fast!  And in this particular case, how do you treat and eliminate the pain associated with a sore elbow?

Before we get into the best treatment methods for a sore elbow and elbow tenderness, it’s important to first learn about the various causes of a sore elbow and the different types of elbow injuries that you could be suffering from.

The majority of causes of a sore elbow are from performing repetitive tasks on a daily/weekly basis that requires a tight grip on an object with excessive wrist flexion or extension.  For example, using construction/gardening tools, playing tennis, performing various types of manual labor jobs, or if you’ve just started a new sport or exercise program.

Elbow soreness is just one symptom that can be associated with the two most common types of elbow injuries.  They are golfers elbow and tennis elbow.

Golfers elbow is an elbow injury whereby sufferers report pain, soreness and inflammation on the inside of their elbow.  This type of elbow injury is primarily caused by repeated and excessive bending of the wrist and fingers.  You don’t have to play golf to suffer from golfers elbow.  For example, a baseball player could suffer from golfers elbow because when they are ready to swing at a pitch their fingers grip down tightly on the bat just before impact with the ball.  This repeated action of gripping down tightly on the bat combined with wrist flexion can lead to and develop into a case of golfers elbow.

But the most common type of elbow injury that is associated with elbow soreness is tennis elbow.  Just like golfers elbow, you don’t have to be an avid or even recreational tennis player to suffer from tennis elbow.  In fact, over 95% of all reported cases of tennis elbow every year are from non-tennis players.

Tennis elbow is usually described as pain and tenderness on the outside of the elbow.  It’s the extensor tendon that becomes inflamed and irritated where it attaches to the lateral epicondyle of your arm near the elbow joint.  There are certain types of activities, jobs and careers that put you at a higher risk of developing tennis elbow such as:

  • meat packers
  • racket sports players
  • nurses
  • dentists
  • dental assistants
  • computer programmers
  • baseball players
  • football players
  • weightlifters
  • musicians
  • postal workers
  • hairdressers
  • arts and crafts people
  • factory workers
  • construction/manual labor workers
  • plumbers

Now to be certain that your elbow soreness is tennis elbow, here are some other symptoms that you may be able to relate to:

  1. Does your elbow pain get worse when you grip or grasp objects.  For example, gripping a coffee mug or turning a doorknob.
  2. Do twisting actions of the forearm increase your elbow pain?  For example, turning a screwdriver.
  3. Have you noticed that you are constantly dropping or fumbling with things?
  4. Has your grip strength decreased?
  5. Does your elbow pain get worse when you extend or flex your wrist?

If you’ve said “Yes” to any of the above questions and have a sore elbow, then I’m confident in saying that you are suffering from the most common type of elbow injury – tennis elbow.

But I must issue a warning to you.  The longer you wait to treat tennis elbow, the worse it will get and the longer your recovery will take!

So what’s the best treatment for a sore elbow and tennis elbow?

Well, as someone who suffered from tennis elbow and an extremely sore elbow for many years, I can honestly tell you that you don’t need to shell out hundreds of dollars of your hard earned cash on doctors, physiotherapy, elbow braces/bands/straps, wash down fistfuls of anti-inflammatories on a daily basis that only mask the pain, take painful cortisone shots/injections or worry about invasive elbow surgery.

In fact, all it really takes to completely stop your elbow soreness and treat tennis elbow once and for all, are 5 simple, step-by-step techniques that you can do from the comfort of your own living room while sitting in your comfy chair watching your favorite television show – without any special exercise equipment!

 

It’s free!

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6 Responses to “How to Treat A Sore Elbow”

  1. toni on April 15th, 2011 3:10 am

    i have recently been to medical assessment through dwp and they say im fit for work however i am going to appeal as im in constent pain in my right arm from my tennis elbow and in my lower arm and shoulder. Im right handed and qualified for clerical and computer aswell as retail my left elbow is starting to irritate me aswell because of the strain from extra use. ive had steroid injections and phisio and advised half an hour on the computer at any time with strapping which i do. each morning i wake up in alot of discomfort. please can you advise as to what i can do re job if appeal fails.

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  4. wade on December 4th, 2011 8:32 pm

    i’m been lifting weights and my elbow starts to hurt

  5. Trevor owen on March 27th, 2012 6:27 pm

    I play baseball so i have to keep using my elbow so how can i treat it

  6. jim smith on April 23rd, 2012 12:41 am

    I have a painfull elbow. It gets short sharp pain the same pain as a bone break. What can I do about it?

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