Pain Elbow to Wrist
Have you recently started to feel some pain and discomfort in your elbow? Do you sometimes find it difficult to fully extend and straighten your arm? Are you finding that the pain sometimes shoots from your elbow to wrist? Perhaps your elbow hurts when lifting? Have you noticed that your grip has been getting weaker?
If you can answer yes to any of the above questions, there’s a good chance you are suffering from the most commonly reported elbow injury called tennis elbow. But here’s the kicker. You don’t have to play tennis or any other racket sport to suffer from tennis elbow.
The reason why it’s called tennis elbow is because this injury was first reported by a tennis player so the name stuck. In fact, over 95% of all reported cases of tennis elbow actually come from non-tennis players!
So what exactly is tennis elbow? Tennis elbow is commonly described as pain and inflammation on the outside of the elbow. It’s a repetitive strain injury whereby the extensor tendon that attaches to the lateral epicondyle(…near the elbow…)becomes inflamed and small micro tears occur. It’s not uncommon to experience pain from the elbow to the wrist , especially when performing actions that involve wrist extension(…bending the wrist upwards).
The next thing to look at when you’ve been diagnosed with tennis elbow is to learn about some of the possible causes. Some of the possible causes of tennis elbow can include:
- sudden and acute trauma to the elbow/forearm
- performing repetitive actions on a daily/weekly basis
- already existing muscle imbalances from the wrist to the shoulder
- a restriction in soft-tissue movement or translation in the elbow/forearm
For the majority of tennis elbow sufferers, the root cause of their elbow pain is a result of forearm muscles that become shortened due to either trauma, injury or repetitive movements that cause small micro tears in the muscles. It’s not uncommon to have more than one injured muscle in your forearm. To protect these damaged muscles and take the strain off the elbow, your body’s natural defense mechanism is to lay down fibrous, adhesive tissues in between these damaged muscles and tendons.
These new adhesion’s that have formed now prevent your forearm muscles from sliding freely as they should. This lack of free movement causes pain and tightness in your forearm and elbow and can even disrupt normal movement of the wrist.
So what are your best options for tennis elbow treatment and how to stop the pain from your elbow to wrist?
Well as someone who has suffered from tennis elbow and shelled out over $789 for so called “traditional” treatment methods, I can tell you what doesn’t work! Physiotherapy, ultrasound, massage therapy, acupuncture, cortisone shots, anti-inflammatories, elbow braces, and transdermal anti-inflammatory creams. Take it from me, all of the above will take away your money and not your pain!
In fact, all it really takes to cure tennis elbow and completely eliminate your elbow pain for good are 5 easy-to-follow techniques that you can do from the comfort and convenience of your own living room while watching your favorite television show – without any special exercise equipment or gadgets!