Tennis elbow pain – What stage are you in?
Tennis elbow usually progresses through a number of stages beginning with dull pain, arm stiffness, tingling and numbness in the upper arm.
In the early stages, it is common for tennis elbow sufferers to believe that the pain and numbness are due to aging or maybe you just accidentally bumped your arm or had caused some trauma to it resulting in poor blood circulation.
Early stages: The first signs of tennis elbow pain would typically involve a small, dull pain on the outer part of your elbow. It’s not uncommon for elbow sufferers not to experience any direct elbow pain, until you massage, touch or accidentally bump your elbow. If and when you decide to get the pain in your elbow checked out by your doctor he/she may touch or massage your elbow to see what degree of pain you are suffering from.
Many of the common symptoms of early stage tennis elbow usually continue on for several weeks or months, without any form of treatment. Only a small fraction of tennis elbow sufferers are lucky enough to recover at this stage with treatment.
Symptoms at this early stage may include a weakening grip and elbow pain while performing simple tasks such as using a knife to cut up food, gripping and carrying a briefcase or simply using a paint brush, sweeping with a broom or using a shovel. If you avoid these simple tasks, which unfortunately most people can’t, your condition may improve but will most likely not heal.
When left untreated, your elbow pain sensitivity increases very quickly, for longer periods of time in the initial stages. The pain can be so intense that it could affect and disturb your night sleep and interfere with your work efficiency.
As you continue to ignore and brush off this elbow pain or mask it by consuming anti-inflammatories, your tennis elbow symptoms will only get worse to a point where you will be in constant and continuous pain, both during the day and night and even while sleeping(if you are able too).
It’s not uncommon to experience an extremely stiff arm when you wake in the morning and you are immediately in pain. Your daily activities and simple chores are not affected to the point that you can only carry out very light tasks and you find yourself becoming more dependent on others.
When not ignored and acknowledged and treated in the early stages, you stand a better chance of a full recovery from tennis elbow. As it will drastically reduce your risk of developing a permanent disability.
Later stages: In the later stages of tennis elbow, your elbow tendons and muscles deteriorate to the point where you may start to build up and develop scar tissue to the extent that the only way to get rid of the scar tissue would be through invasive tennis elbow surgery, which has a very low success rate with long recovery times.
Again in later stages you experience great pain with the slightest effort such as opening a bottle, shaking hands with someone, turning a doorknob, or even gripping your coffee mug. Tennis elbow can be difficult to treat in the later stages; so all care should be taken to recover from it early on.
More symptoms of tennis elbow at this stage include upper forearm aches and pain, stiffness in the elbow joints, tightness of the forearm muscles, grip weakness, clumsiness while holding things, swelling and inflammation of the elbow and upper forearm, tingling and numbness, etc.
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