Where should I feel the stretch? The stretch sensation should be felt around the site of where you are experiencing your pain. Stretching is all about a game of angles so you may need to adjust the position of your hands until you get the stretch in the right location. I suggest doing both stretches regardless if you have either tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow.
I’ve had LE in my right elbow for over 2 years. Doctor prescribed a forearm strap and meloxicam, neither of which helped, and wouldn’t prescribe any steroids or anything to help. I do medical editing as a job, so it is a repetitive motion cause (also have carpal tunnel, but not as bothersome). I currently use some light weights for arm toning. My question is should I be concerned that I can’t straighen my right arm at the elbow? When I try to make it go straight, as I can with the left arm, it always stays in a somewhat flexed position. Is that normal for LE? Thanks!!
Research shows that nearly half of the tennis players usually suffer elbow tendinitis at some point in their life. Most elbow tendonitis patients suffer intense pain on the outer or top part of the elbow, which may radiate further up to the forearm, and occasionally even to the hand. The patients may experience pain and uneasiness while performing any elbow activity like grasping or holding an object. Along with this, the patient may also suffer a burning or hot sensation around the elbow area, which may also be accompanied by a feeling of weakness, especially at night or after any physical activity.
People that have been diagnosed with tennis elbow or golfers elbow have been diagnosed with having repetitive strain injuries which are caused by overuse of the wrist despite the pain being felt on the inside or outside part of the elbow. Along the back of your hand are your wrist extensor muscles. These muscles assist with wrist extension which is the motion you would make to push open a door. These muscles run along your forearm attach at the lateral epicondyle. The wrist flexor muscles run along the bottom side of your forearm and cause your wrist to bend forward or down. The wrist flexor muscles connect to the medial epicondyle in the elbow. Elbow pain can occur when there is overuse in the musculature causing an increase in pain and inflammation of the tendons known as elbow tendonitis.
Elbow tendonitis is an inflammatory condition of the tendons in the elbow region. A tendon refers to the band of inelastic tissues that attach the muscles to the bone in a specific area. Medically, the terms tendonitis and tendinitis are used colloquially. Elbow tendonitis is mostly caused due to overuse of the muscles and tendons. Hence, people who participate in tennis and alike active sports are more prone to this tendon inflammation than others. Reliable treatment approaches for elbow tendonitis include self-care, exercises, medications and surgery.
Ok, I hope this doesn’t overcomplicate things but I should probably mention this too. When I went to the chiropractor a few months ago she noticed that the OTHER arm was snapping a little too. Well, I had never even noticed it and I just chalked it up to the normal snaps and cracks of the body. But then over the next few weeks I started turning the wrist occasionally just to see what would happen and little by little I started developing the SAME PROBLEM in that arm too! So now both arms snap (although the one that’s been bad for longer is a lot worse). Anyway, that’s why I’m not sure if the supination exercises are good to do in my condition. It seems like rotating my wrist too many times was one the main causes of the condition developing in my other arm.
Long days at the keyboard will generally make it worse, but those stresses are happening in slow motion and it may not be obvious that typing and mousing are a problem. Whacking a ball with a racquet, on the other hand, yanks hard on the extensor muscles and their tendons — and that hurts, if you have tennis elbow. Computer users can almost immediately confirm a tennis elbow diagnosis just by trying to hit a ball around a few times. Give it a try! Or swing a golf club, to test for golfer’s elbow — of course. (I didn’t really need to spell that out, did I?) It may be a little inconvenient to find an opportunity to test your elbow this way, but it’s a really reliable method.

I do a job of heavy lifting everyday. Started having pain one day and I worked and it got worse . Went from shoulder all the way down. Had all tests found nothing and going to physical therapy but doctors think I can go back to work and I can’t lift anything with arm or hurts when I grasp a drink. It hurts down a little from where elbow on top. I don’t know what it could be no one checked to see if a torn ligament or I rupture something. No one wants to listen.fine it’s not bone that dr. Should of sent me back to my regular dr. I need help what could it be


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I have been doing hand carvings in coffee tables. I went to the Doctors last month and I was told I have tennis elbow and they then sold me an arm brace. I have been wearing that brace 95% of the time I’m up moving around, however, the pain has increased it feels as though my elbow is on fire. I tried lifting a dinner plate tonight and I almost dropped it, the pain was so bad. I know that the carving is what has caused this. Is there other ways to get releif besides stretching the wrist/arm? Cotazone shots???
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Equipment check. If you participate in a racquet sport, your doctor may encourage you to have your equipment checked for proper fit. Stiffer racquets and looser-strung racquets often can reduce the stress on the forearm, which means that the forearm muscles do not have to work as hard. If you use an oversized racquet, changing to a smaller head may help prevent symptoms from recurring.
Mark, just to save you some time in your reply I want to update you on my condition. Thanks to your brilliant internet diagnosis–and I don’t mean that sarcastically–I think I’m on my way to getting this thing fixed. After reading your reply the other day I did a little online research and came to the conclusion that I have tendonitis. I watched some videos on youtube showing some stretching and self-massage techniques and after only a day of trying them I already notice some improvement (snapping isn’t as frequent). If you know of anything else that might help I’d love to hear it.
Placebo surgery: necessary, ethical? Yes! Here’s a fine short post on this topic from Doctor Skeptic (doctorskeptic.blogspot.com.au). You “need a placebo [surgery] trial when the outcomes are ‘soft’ (subjective: pain).” I’ve been arguing this for many, many years. We really need to compare surgeries for pain problems to shams, because, by golly, that method sure does reveal some useless surgeries. One of the best examples of why is Moseley’s fascinating 2002 knee trial.

Ulnar nerve entrapment (Cubital Tunnel Syndrome) occurs when there is pinching of this nerve, which travels between the tip of the elbow and the inner elbow bone. This entrapment can occur due to direct injury to the nerve and pressure from surrounding tissues. Ulnar nerve entrapment can cause tenderness in the elbow and usually leads to pain in the inside (5th finger side) of the forearm,. Numbness and tingling may be felt on the palm and on the little and ring fingers. Treatment usually involves rest, avoiding pressure to the elbow, and immobilization with splints. Pharmacological options often include NDAIDs, such as aspirin or ibuprofen. Physical therapy to strengthen the ligaments and tendons in the hands and elbows may be effective. In severe cases, surgical intervention may be needed to remove the source of compression to the nerve or to reposition the nerve so that it is no longer compressed.
Rio E, Kidgell D, Purdam C, et al. Isometric exercise induces analgesia and reduces inhibition in patellar tendinopathy. Br J Sports Med. 2015 Oct;49(19):1277–83. PubMed #25979840. PainSci #54162. This was a study of patellar tendinopathy, not tennis elbow, but it’s true of patellar tendinopathy, it’s probably true of other tendinopathies as well. BACK TO TEXT
I’m going on month six of elbow pain diagnosed tennis elbow by my orthopedic doctor. I had shoulder surgery 4 months ago and have been off of work since resting my elbow and going in for physical therapy for both my shoulder recovery and tendinitis of the elbow. My shoulders doing great but my elbow is in the same pain as 6 months ago man its been along time now with much rest and soon to go back to work with this pain still. My physical therapist gave me the hybresis patch for 6 weeks and did ultrasounds on my elbow for 4 weeks and no improvement. I’ve done stretches and the ecentric weight lifting with a dumbell not strenuous at all to build the muscle back slowly and nothing. I am getting an MRI next week reffered by my ortho to make sure it’s nothing else but it might just be a chronic tendinitis. I’m feeling almost helpless in the sense I just can’t get rid of it and need to go back to work construction. Any advice at all would be great I’ve looked into tennis elbow for a long time now trying to understand it. thanks.

Most elbow pain without any other obvious explanation is either tennis or golfer’s elbow, especially if you’ve been working at the computer a lot (or playing a lot of tennis or golf). Tissues right around and below the bony projection on the side of your elbow will be tender. The muscles on the back of the arm, if you dig into them, will also be tender — in fact, you may be amazed at how sore they are.
Can someone please tell me....I believe my source of elbow tendonitis pain is related to my fingers, specifically middle and ring finger. I was spending a lot of time on my ipad, and I think it irritated my arm. Does that make sense? Now, I am surprised that when I try to swing a golf club (which I haven't done in a year) it hurts to even grasp my fingers around the club. Is the a suggestion for a remedy related to pain from the tendons/muscles in your fingers?

Hi Silvia! I had the same problem as yours. I am 38 years old, and have been exercising regularly at the time of the problem. Doctors didn’t know what else to do with me and the problem stayed untill I started massaging Tensor Fascial Latae muscle. I have done it with a hard rubber ball, slowly at first. It helped 60%. The rest 30% were strengthening quadriceps and glutel muscles, and now I do not have pain at all, only sensations of something stll there – 10%. I am writing all of this becausr I know how disturbing it was for me when I had to stop taxi because I could walk home anymore.
Rheumatoid arthritis (inflammatory arthritis) is a chronic inflammatory disease of the joints that occurs when the immune system starts to attack its own tissues (autoimmune), in this case the membrane lining the joints (synovial membrane).The ankles are affected in the vast majority of people with rheumatoid arthritis. It generally occurs in a symmetrical pattern, which means that if one ankle is affected, the other will most likely also be affected. Besides the common symptoms of arthritis, specific symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis may include fatigue, occasional fevers, and loss of energy. Treatment for pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis is mostly based on the use of corticosteroids, NSAIDs, and disease modifying anti–rheumatic drugs.
Longitudinal sonogram of the lateral elbow displays thickening and heterogeneity of the common extensor tendon that is consistent with tendinosis, as the ultrasound reveals calcifications, intrasubstance tears, and marked irregularity of the lateral epicondyle. Although the term “epicondylitis” is frequently used to describe this disorder, most histopathologic findings of studies have displayed no evidence of an acute, or a chronic inflammatory process. Histologic studies have demonstrated that this condition is the result of tendon degeneration, which causes normal tissue to be replaced by a disorganized arrangement of collagen. Therefore, the disorder is more appropriately referred to as “tendinosis” or “tendinopathy” rather than “tendinitis.”[28]

Rio E, Kidgell D, Purdam C, et al. Isometric exercise induces analgesia and reduces inhibition in patellar tendinopathy. Br J Sports Med. 2015 Oct;49(19):1277–83. PubMed #25979840. PainSci #54162. This was a study of patellar tendinopathy, not tennis elbow, but it’s true of patellar tendinopathy, it’s probably true of other tendinopathies as well. BACK TO TEXT


armwrestling 20 years ago my elbow popped and went back it hurt extremely bad only if I bent it and held it close to my body did the pain go away and that’s how I kept it until it felt bar able …u never went to the doctor for it now when I hold my arms out I can’t straighten my right arm out alk the way like I tore a tendon or streached it and it healed back the wrong way…now when I lit heavy objects the pain gets so bad I can’t even hold my arm out in front of me without my hand shaking uncontrollably…can t even open a soda ..and it taken a a few weeks to feel barable…it hurts on the outside edge of my right elbow. .on a scale of 1to 10 uts an easy 10….what do u think I done to it ?
You can download a selection of exercises (PDF 905 KB) that are designed to stretch, strengthen and stabilise the structures that support your elbow. They’re all useful if you have osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, as long as you don’t have a flare-up in your elbow, and you should try to do them every day. Start by exercising very gently and gradually build up. Unless you’ve fractured your elbow, you should stretch it out fully once a day to prevent contractures.
Look into copper toxicity – Some mineral balancing experts contend that 60% of the US population has toxic levels of copper. Sources of exposure include copper water pipes and IUD birth control. You can be born with a copper overload as it is passed from mother to child. This will show up on a toxic and essential elements hair test by Trace Elements or ARL. Get a consultant to analyze your results.
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