How to Stop Swollen Elbow Pain
When you have swollen elbow pain, the first thing you need to do is get ice on it right away.
There could be many different reasons why you are experiencing swelling and inflammation in your elbow but unless you get it under control, you it will be difficult to start the healing process.
If you just bumped your elbow, then obviously this is the main reason why your elbow is swollen. For others, if your elbow has been swollen for sometime now and you have no explanation as to why then you need help to figure what exactly is going on.
The worst thing you can do is panic and think that you’ll need surgery on your elbow. There are various types of elbow injuries that can cause pain, inflammation and swelling of the elbow.
How badly swollen is your elbow?
To check this get yourself a measuring tape. Measure the circumference of the upper part of your forearm nearest to your elbow. Compare the sizes of both your affected and non-affected elbows. If the difference is 1 inch(2.5cms) or more then you can say that your elbow is swollen.
What physical happens when you experience swelling in your elbow?
Your elbow may swell in response to injury, infection or disease. Swelling can occur if your body is not efficiently circulating fluid well.
The first thing you should do is figure out the exact location of the swelling.
Is the swelling on the inside of your elbow or is it more on the outside of your elbow? Is the area red in color and is it tender to the touch? Is your pain and swelling on the inside of your elbow? Does it hurt when you grip a doorknob to turn it? Does it hurt to shake someone’s hand? What about gripping something as simple as a coffee mug, any pain or discomfort?
So now that you’ve answered yes or no to the above questions, let’s narrow it down to what exactly is going on with your swollen elbow.
Why the Location of Your Swollen Elbow Pain Is Important
If the location of your elbow swelling is on the back of your elbow, is tender and hot to the touch and is red in color, there is a good chance you are suffering from bursitis. What that means is that you have a small fluid filled sac called the “bursa” that is located near your elbow joint that has become 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.
What if you have swelling on the inside of your elbow? If this is the case, then you most likely are suffering from golfers elbow. Golfers elbow which is medically known as “medial epicondylitis“, is a repetitive stress injury that is caused by the overuse of the elbow tendons that connect to the various muscles in the forearm which lead to the flexors which lead to the hand and wrist.
There are some high risk activities that can cause golfers elbow, such as baseball, football, volleyball, any type of manual labor jobs or hobbies that require a tight grip on an object for an extended period of time. The best cure for golfers elbow is rest and specific golfers elbow exercises.
The third possible cause for your swollen elbow could be tennis elbow. And I know what you are thinking, “But I don’t play tennis”. You don’t have to play tennis to develop tennis elbow. The fact of the matter is that 95% of reported cases of tennis elbow are reported by people who don’t even play tennis!
Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis which it’s known as in the medical community, is described by sufferers as pain, swelling, inflammation and stiffness on the outside of the elbow. It can be tender to the touch and the pain can sometimes radiate down the elbow into the forearm. Sufferers report stiffness when they wake in the morning and can even experience pain that keeps them up at night.
To be brutally honest with you … all it really takes to completely eliminate your elbow pain and swelling to cure your tennis elbow for good are 5 simple, step-by-step techniques that you can do from the comfort of your own living room, sitting in your comfy chair watching your favorite television show without any special exercise equipment or medical gadgets!