How to Treat Sore Elbows Joints

June 25, 2010 by  
Filed under tennis elbow

sore-elbow-jointsWhen it comes to the many joints that makeup the human body, there are ones that tend to bend more often throughout our daily grind.  The two that come to mind are the knee and elbow joint.  So it’s no surprise when you often hear people complain about sore elbow joints.

For most people, they have no idea why they have a sore elbow.  It’s not uncommon for the soreness and pain to strike  one day seemingly out of nowhere.  It’s easy enough to pass it off as just some type of “expected pain” that develops as we age but for others find the cause of their sore elbow joint and addressing the root cause can be a mystery.

Let’s take a look at what could be some of the causes and why you have a pain and soreness in your elbow joints.

Is it elbow arthritis?  Elbow arthritis is commonly described as the wearing away of cartilage that surrounds and lines the elbow joint.  This occurs over time because of overuse, injury or other inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis.  If you are suffering from elbow arthritis, your elbow will become painful and stiff but should not be painful to the touch.  Simple everyday activities could become challenging as your range of motion is limited due to this condition.

Treatment options for arthritis of the elbow are very limited.  Most sufferers resort to taking anti-inflammatories on a daily basis to control the pain but this is only a temporary, band-aid solution.  Within a couple of hours the pain returns and this viscous cycle starts again.  As a last resort, surgery is considered.  Surgery is only recommended for those who are healthy enough to undergo surgery and who are mobile enough to endure physical therapy post-op.

What about bursitis of the elbow?  Is this the cause of your sore elbow?  Bursitis is a very painful elbow condition that affects the back of your elbow.  Common signs of elbow bursitis  is localized swelling, the area is tender and hot to the touch plus the tell tale sign is that the back of your elbow is red in color.

There is a small fluid filled sac called the “bursa” that is located near your elbow joint that becomes inflamed.  You probably recently bumped your elbow or had a fall and this is most likely the source of your elbow swelling.  The best treatment for bursitis is antibiotics which can be prescribed to you by your doctor or pharmacist.  It can take up to 3 weeks for the bursitis symptoms to disappear.

The third possible cause of your sore elbow joints is the most common elbow injury reported – tennis elbow.

Tennis elbow is a repetitive strain injury that affects the tendon fibers that attach on the bony “prominence” on the outside of the elbow.   It occurs from the repetitive irritation and tearing of the extensor tendon that attaches at the lateral epicondyle of your elbow.

Tennis elbow affects millions of people a year with more than 95% of all cases of tennis elbow are reported by non-tennis players. It usually affects people aged 35-60.

Some common tennis elbow symptoms are persistent pain just below the elbow joint on the outside of the upper forearm.  The pain from this injury can sometimes radiate down the arm too and many sufferers of tennis elbow report an increase in pain when you extend your wrist.  Another common tennis elbow symptom is a difficulty in extending the forearm fully.

Causes of tennis elbow can vary but it is caused by repetitive movements that are carried out on a daily basis.  It usually impacts manual labor workers, athletes, painters, cooks, hair dressers, plumbers, construction workers, musicians and even simple hobbyists.

What you must know about tennis elbow and sore joints is that the longer you wait to treat it, the worse the pain will get and potentially the longer your recovery can take!

But you don’t have to waste hundred of dollars on doctors, physio, elbow braces/bands/strap, wash down anti-inflammatory pills on a daily basis to mask your pain, or worry about having to get invasive cortisone shots or elbow surgery!

All it really takes to cure tennis elbow and relieve sore elbow joints are 5 simple, step-by-step techniques that you can do at home, sitting in your comfy chair watching your favorite TV show without any special exercise equipment or gadgets!

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