Severe Elbow Pain

May 11, 2011 by  
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severe-elbow-pain Elbow pain can come in all different categories or levels.  You can have mild, medium or severe elbow pain.  So how do you know which level or category your pain falls into?

Well if we base your pain levels on a scale of 1 – 10.  You could say that anything from 1 – 3 could be considered mild elbow pain.  Levels 4 – 6 could be considered medium pain.  And any sort of elbow pain on a level of 7 – 10 can be considered severe pain.

For those who suffer from severe pain in the elbow, chances are that your pain didn’t come on all of a sudden or magically appeared overnight.  There’s a good chance that it developed over an extended period of time where it first started out as a dull, aching pain that never really prevented you from performing everyday activities or tasks.

But now, sometime later, your elbow pain has gotten so severe that it actually interferes with your daily tasks and prevents you from performing even the most basic tasks around the house or at work.  Even worse, your pain could be so bad that it prevents you from participating in your favorite sport or activity and you’re now sitting on the sidelines watching everyone else compete.

So what could be causing this stubborn and nagging pain in your elbow?

Well, the first thing you need to consider is the location of your elbow pain and when it hurts most.  If your elbow pain is located on the outside of your elbow, is tender to the touch and sometimes has a burning sensation, then there is a good chance that your are suffering from a condition more commonly referred to as tennis elbow.

Perhaps the following statements describes your elbow pain…

Your elbow pain increases when:

  • you extend or flex your wrist(ie: cutting vegetables with a knife, using a hammer)
  • you perform twisting actions of the forearm(ie: turning a doorknob, opening a lid on a jar)
  • you grasp or grip objects(ie: carrying a briefcase or grocery bag)

Here are other questions that you must consider to ensure that it is indeed tennis elbow that are suffering from:

  1. Does your elbow pain sometimes radiate from your elbow down your forearm and into your wrist?
  2. Have you noticed that your grip has been getting weaker?
  3. Do you fumble and drop things more often than before?
  4. Have you noticed a little elbow stiffness and it’s hard to straighten and extend your arm fully, especially in the morning?
  5. Do you sometimes have elbow burning sensation, tenderness and pain on the outside of your elbow?

If you’ve answered “Yes” to ANY of the above the questions, I can say with 99% certainty that you have a tennis elbow injury.

So what exactly is tennis elbow and how did you get it?

Tennis elbow is commonly described as pain and inflammation on the outside of the elbow.  It is a repetitive strain injury that develops over and extended period of time.  No, you don’t have to play tennis to suffer from tennis elbow.  Here’s a fact that you probably didn’t know – over 95% of reported tennis elbow cases every year come from non-tennis players.

So what physical happens in the elbow region to cause such extreme and severe elbow pain?

You have many muscles, tendons and ligaments that attach at the elbow.  But the main tendon that attaches at the lateral epicondyle of the elbow is called the extensor tendon.  When you perform repetitive actions that involves and requires a tight grip on an object combined with excessive wrist extension and flexion over an extended period of time, the extensor tendon eventually suffers a small tear from all of the abuse and strain.

Chances are that the tear in your extensor tendon started out really small, as in a micro tear, and only caused mild pain at first.  Over time, as you continued with your activities and tasks, the tear got larger and your pain got more severe to where you are today.

So what is the fastest and quickest way to repair your damaged extensor tendon and cure your tennis elbow?

As someone who’s suffered from tennis elbow and spent a small fortune(…$780 to be exact…) on so called “traditional treatment”, methods for tennis elbow, I can tell you that you don’t have to waste hundreds of dollars of your hard earned cash (…like I did…) on doctors, physical therapy, anti-inflammtories, transdermal anti-inflammatory creams, elbow braces/bands/straps, get painful cortisone shots in your arm or worry about invasive elbow surgery.

In fact, all you really need is tennis elbow home treatment – YES, it’s that easy!

But what’s even better is that all you really need to completely eliminate your severe elbow pain and treat tennis elbow are 5 simple, step-by-step techniques that you can do from the comfort and convenience of your own living room, while sitting in your comfy chair watching your favorite television show without the need for any special exercise equipment or medical gadgets!

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3 Responses to “Severe Elbow Pain”

  1. Elbow Pain and Swelling | 5 Steps to Stop Elbow Swelling and Pain | TennisElbowTips.com on June 1st, 2011 10:30 am

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  2. rashmi on April 9th, 2012 7:50 am

    i’ve tennis elbow from past one year and I couldn write my exams and got a year drop even now after therapy exercise my hand swell after writing pls suggest how to get over this ….

  3. Jane on April 22nd, 2012 8:44 am

    I have only had it for four months but the pain is driving me insane. I cannot use the arm at all-scratching my nose is excruciating,it hurts when I walk, it hurts when I work at the computer. I ice it at least four times a day – elevate it and rest it. I do the exercises even though it iscreally painful. have totally given up on acupuncture and massage due to cost and no result .

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