Outside Elbow Pain

June 4, 2011 by  
Filed under tennis elbow

outside-elbow-painPain is nothing more than your body’s signal telling you that something is not right and the specific actions or movements that is causing this pain needs to stop.

This is no different when you suffer from outside elbow pain.  It’s important to take a step back to learn why you are experiencing this pain and what type of activities, movements or actions make your elbow pain and discomfort worse.

As with any type of pain, you are best advised to always check with your doctor to rule out something more serious.  Only a medical professional can make a proper diagnosis but pain on the outside of your elbow is much more common and widespread than you think.

Outer elbow pain is a symptom of the most reported type of elbow injury called tennis elbow.  It affects millions of people every year.  But the strange thing about this injury is that you don’t have to play tennis to suffer from tennis elbow.  Of course, tennis players are at high risk of developing tennis elbow but they make up only 5% of the reported cases each year.  This means that a whopping 95% of all cases haven’t even picked up a tennis racquet!

Tennis elbow knows no gender or age.  It can really affect anyone at anytime but sufferers all have one thing in common. Performing repetitive tasks over an extended period of time that involves a tight grip on an object combined with excessive wrist extension and/or elbow/forearm rotation.

So why is it that you feel pain on the outside of your elbow?  For the simple reason that this is where you have suffered your injury.  More specifically, the extensor tendon that attaches at the lateral epicondyle of your elbow has suffered a tiny tear or has become frayed.  Due to the repetitive nature of tasks, movements, actions or activities that you have been performing, the excessive strain, wear and tear has caused a micro tear in the tendon.  As a result, you feel pain when you extend your wrist,  twist/rotate your forearm or grip down tightly on an object.

Besides outer elbow pain, there are other tennis elbow symptoms that you should know about.  Before you go any further, you should check to discover if you suffer from any of the following:

  1. Pain that is sometimes characterized by a radiating sensation from your affected elbow, down the forearm and into the wrist or hand.
  2. Your ability to participate in your favourite sport, activity, or hobby had been limited or even worse has come to a screeching halt.  You find it very difficult to use the affected arm for any kind of task or movement.
  3. You notice that compared to before your elbow injury, you now have a weaker grip with your injured arm. As a result, you find it more challenging and difficult to do basic things such as gripping a doorknob, shaking someone’s hand or even holding a glass without feeling pain on the outside of your elbow.
  4. You may also observe some inflammation, elbow tenderness or swelling on the outer side of your affected arm.

If you are still at a loss of how you developed tennis elbow, then you should check out this list of activities that cause tennis elbow.  Chances are that you participate in these activities or have in the past, which has lead to your injury.  You may even want to explore your job, as this could be the source of your troubles.

Tennis elbow is an injury where the pain progressively gets worse over time, if you choose to simply do nothing about it.

Many people who suffer from this repetitive strain injury don’t even know they have tennis elbow.  It’s not until the pain becomes so bad that they are unable to participate in their normal everyday activities or it affects their work performance that they actually stop to assess their injury.

But tennis elbow doesn’t just happen over night.  For most people, it starts out and manifests in the following way:

  • Experiencing a dull pain on the outside of your elbow with tightness. Your upper forearm muscles and joints may feel tight or stiff.  Your arm may be hard to extend or straighten fully, especially in the morning when you wake.
  • As you ignore these early waning signs and symptoms, your elbow tendons become more irritated due to the excessive use. Continued elbow irritation leads to further wear and tear and it will increase elbow tightness, pain and even inflammation.
  • You now have persistent outside elbow pain. Simple everyday tasks become now ever so painful and daunting.  You may have to depend on others to perform even the most basic of tasks such as twisting the lid off a jar or carrying a grocery bag.

The good news is that you don’t have to wait for your elbow pain to get to this point.  You can take proactive measures, right now today.   And the best part is that you don’t even have to get up from the chair you are sitting on right now to eliminate your tennis elbow pain once and for all!

Tennis elbow can be treated from the comfort of your own living room, sitting on the couch watching your favourite television show without any expensive medical gadgets or special exercise equipment – using just 5 simple, step-by-step techniques!  Simply click the “Learn More” button below to find out how easy it is!

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