My Arm Hurts Near Elbow Joint
Whether you’ve just bumped your elbow or you’ve noticed an increase in elbow pain in the past few days or months, it’s important to understand and learn why your arm hurts near the elbow joint. There can be many different causes of elbow joint pain which I will identify and explain the 3 most common types of elbow injuries.
If you’ve recently bumped your elbow or took a sudden fall onto your elbow and now it’s swollen and red in color, then you maybe suffering from a case of Bursitis. Bursitis to the elbow occurs when the bursa sac, a fluid filled sac near many of your joints, becomes inflamed. It can become inflamed due to a fall or blow to the elbow but it can also become inflamed due to repetitive tasks and movement of the elbow joint. Starting a new hobby or activity that involves excessive wrist and elbow rotation can lead to bursitis. Activities such as gardening, raking, carpentry, shoveling, painting, scrubbing, tennis, golf, skiing, throwing, and pitching can overtime increase your risk of developing bursitis.
There is another reason why your arm hurts near your elbow joint, you could be suffering from golfers elbow. If the location of your arm pain is on the inside of your elbow joint, then you may have golfers elbow. I must point out that you don’t need to play golf in order to suffer from golfers elbow. Golfers elbow usually occurs in people who participate in activities that require a tight grip or force on some type of object combined with excessive and repeated bending of the wrist and fingers. Swinging a golf club or baseball bat are just 2 examples. Your fingers, wrist and forearm muscles go from a relaxed state to a flexed, forceful state just before you make contact with the ball. Overtime, this repetitive task can develop into golfers elbow, especially as you age.
The third and final type of elbow injury that could explain why your arm hurts around your elbow joint is a condition/injury called tennis elbow. Typical symptoms of tennis elbow is pain, swelling and/or inflammation on the outside of the elbow joint. An interesting fact about tennis elbow is that you can get tennis elbow and golfers elbow by performing the same repetitive tasks. So using a screwdriver, performing carpentry work, using power tools, painting, gardening, scrubbing or cleaning, throwing a baseball, football, playing volleyball, etc can all cause tennis elbow or golfers elbow.
Tennis elbow can also be caused by lifting heavy objects with your arms fully extended. So for example lifting boxed from one surface up to another. Carrying a briefcase all day long or heavy grocery bags can increase your risk of developing tennis elbow. Basically what happens is that the excessive strain on the forearm muscles causes small mini micro tears to the tendon called the lateral epicondyle that attaches your forearm muscles to the bone at the elbow joint. Repetitive actions or excessive stress overtime results in the injury to your arm commonly called tennis elbow.
Tennis elbow is by far the most common type of elbow injury especially when your arm hurts near the elbow joint.
So what is the treatment for tennis elbow and how to eliminate your elbow joint pain? It’s actually quite simple.
- You don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars of your hard earned cash on doctors or physiotherapy visits.
- You don’t need to wash down a fistful of anti-inflammatories pills day after day, knowing the pain will come back in a matter of hours.
- You don’t need to smear on messy creams or topical ointments that only take away your money and not your pain.
- You don’t need invasive elbow surgery that has a 70% failure rate.
- And you definitely don’t need to fork over your cash for bulky and restrictive elbow braces that really only promote muscle fatigue and weakness – yes that’s why when you take an elbow brace off, your arm feels like a spaghetti noodle!
All it really takes is 5 simple, step-by-step techniques that you can easily perform from the comfort of your own living room, while watching your favorite television show – without any special exercise equipment or gadgets.