Elbow Pain Treatment At Home
For elbow pain sufferers, finding relief from their nagging elbow pain symptoms can sometimes seem like a never ending task. The good news is that there are some simple techniques that you can do for easy elbow pain treatment at home. But what’s even better is that it doesn’t require a big financial investment or time commitment either!
Before we get into these simple techniques and tips, it’s important to first identify what exactly is causing your elbow pain. There are many different types of elbow injuries so you should first determine which elbow injury you are suffering from. For the purpose of this article, I will identify the three most common types of elbow injuries.
The first elbow injury that could be the source of your elbow pain is a condition called bursitis. Bursitis of the elbow is when the the olecranon bursa of the elbow becomes inflamed and swollen and causes elbow pain on the back of your elbow. This condition is usually caused by performing repetitive tasks that strains the olecranon bursa sac. You can also suffer from elbow bursitis if you have taken a heavy fall onto a hard surface with your elbow recently or you rest your elbows on a hard surface for extended periods of time.
People who suffer from elbow bursitis experience an increase in elbow pain when they rest their affected elbow on a hard surface or if they extend or straighten their elbow. It’s not uncommon to see a large bump appear on the back of your elbow and it can be red in color. Most sufferers report pain and tenderness when they push down on the swollen part of their elbow.
Now for the second kind of elbow injury that can be a contributing source of your elbow pain – golfers elbow. Golfers elbow is primarily described as pain and inflammation that occurs on the inside point of the elbow. It’s important to note that you don’t have to play golf to suffer from a case of golfers elbow. Basically any type of activity or sport that requires constant bending of the fingers and wrist combined with a tight grip on an object can cause golfers elbow.
As you perform repetitive tasks that involve constant finger and wrist bending, your forearm muscles and tendons become strained and stressed. As a result, overtime small micro-tears occur in the tendons which causes some swelling and inflammation of the soft tissues. As your body tries to naturally repair the damage, you continue with your normal activities and sports, continuing to re-injure the tendons as they are trying to heal and now the small micro-tears become larger which results in further damage and pain.
The third and by far the most commonly reported type of elbow pain and injury is a condition called tennis elbow. Just like golfers elbow, you don’t have to play tennis to suffer from an elbow injury such as tennis elbow. The medical term for tennis elbow is lateral epicondylitis and is a condition where the outside of the extensor tendon of the elbow becomes inflamed and swollen where it attaches to the lateral epicondyle of your elbow. While you don’t need to know all of the medical names of these muscles, what you must know is that tennis elbow is a stubborn injury to treat.
Over 95% of all reported tennis elbow cases every year actually come from non-tennis players. Tennis elbow is primarily caused by any sport, activity or hobby that involves the repeated action where you turn your hand palm side up(ie: turning a screwdriver clockwise) or lifting objects with your elbow fully extended(arm straight).
Tennis elbow sufferers often report pain when they perform the most basic tasks such as gripping a coffee mug, turning a doorknob, shaking someones hand or simply carrying a grocery bag. If you suffer from tennis elbow, you should also notice that your grip strength has been getting weaker and you fumble and drop things more than you used to.
The biggest mistake that most elbow pain sufferers unfortunately make is ignoring the pain and taking the ‘wait-and-see approach’. The problem is that regardless of whichever elbow injury you are suffering from, the longer you wait to treat your elbow pain, the worse it will get and the longer your recovery will take!
Now for the good news! If you are suffering from any of these three common elbow injures, you can treat them from the comfort and convenience of your own home. You don’t need to waste hundreds of dollars of your hard earned cash on doctors or physical therapy visits. You don’t need to wash down fistfuls of anti-inflammatory pills everyday that really only masks your pain, when the drugs wear off – your pain comes back even worse than before. Forget about wearing bulky and restrictive elbow braces, straps and bands.
Yes, you can implement and treat your elbow pain at home – and the best part is that it won’t cost you a single dime!
In fact, all it really takes are 5 simple, step-by-step, treatment techniques that you can do while sitting in your comfy chair watching your favorite television show in your own living room to completely cure your elbow pain once and for all!