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Pain Relief for Elbow Pain

Pain Relief for Elbow Pain

by Chris Williams
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A Sedimentary lifestyle has become a thing of the past. People would now find people who are not physically active indifferent. In this day and age more and more people have become more engaged in physical activities such as sports or working out in gyms. Active lifestyles have becomes the norm and people from all walks of life have become more engaged in physical fitness to counter the amount of unhealthy habits and sedimentary routines that we go through day to day. Whether it is being done as a recreational activity or as profession the active lifestyle is taking the world by storm.

Risks of Injury

As we all know, the more we engage in physically strenuous activities the more we expose ourselves to potential injuries. Though ailments like tennis elbow happen regardless if they live an active or sedimentary lifestyle, those who are engaged in sports becomes a more prone to it than others. Conditions as such can be lessened or avoided with proper care and knowledge, but during unfortunate circumstances its best that we know how to keep up with the pain and how to relieve ourselves of it to prevent further damage that it can bring.

Tennis Elbow: Not just for athletes

Tennis Elbow is one of the most common causes of elbow pain that people encounter. With this ailment the tendons in the affected area start to swell and cause sharp pains to the barer. The tendons are what link muscles to bones, our joints use these tendons to allow us to move our limbs and move about as we do. When the tendons begin to swell this shoots out pain in the indicated area and tennis elbow is one such common name given to the condition when it happens to the tendons in the elbows. Although the elbow part was fairly obvious the Tennis part is a bit misleading as the ailment does not only inflict people who engage in the sport. It is actually brought about by any activity that requires a person to grip objects tightly with the thumb along with the index and middle fingers.

The ailment gets its name from the constant on-and-off gripping that is required in tennis when swinging the racket and controlling the strength of the swing, fencing, and other activities such as weight lifting also require the same movement in the hands. Some less physical activities also use this repetitive motions such as painting, carpentry and some common yard work. These activities stresses the tendons in various degrees depending on the duration and the tightness or strength of the grip needed. Over time the cumulative tugging on the tendons can wear the tissue out and may even cause some small tears on it.

Symptoms

One of the main symptoms of tennis elbow would include pain on the outside part of the elbow. The sharp end of the elbow is where tendons connect to the muscles to the bones, which if overused being to inflame at this part. The pain may radiate upward to the shoulder or downward to the hand depending on the type of damage that it has incurred. While the pain is mostly felt on the elbow, this ailment may prevent us from doing any strenuous activity using the hands like writing, lifting things, or even just turning a door knob.

Pain Relief Options

Depending on the gravity of the injury, or how painful it has become, tennis elbow usually is a self-curing condition which heals through time as long as no additional stress is applied to the elbows. There are things however that a person can do to help the healing process:

  • Icing the joint helps reduce the swelling and eases the pain caused by it. Applying ice for about 30 minutes 4 hours can help alleviate you of pain in 2 to 3 days.
  • Stabilizing with a splint or an elbow strap prevents it from moving a lot reducing the amount of strain it gets helping the joint heal better.
  • Medication such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) relieve us of both the pain and bring down the swelling. As with any drug always remember to ask for your doctors advice before starting with this option as various people may react to various medication.
  • Exercising, helps increase flexibility and movement in the affected joint. Routines that increase your range of motion and reduce stiffness three to five times daily can be very helpful to the recovery process. As this may also further damage the affected area depending on the situation, seek for your doctor’s approval before engaging in any exercise routine.
  • Physical therapy is another helpful solution and in some cases a requirement to help the recovery process. In cases where it is required a trained therapist will be focusing and providing undivided attention to the charge ensuring that the joints are not overworked.
  • Tendon repair surgery may be needed in some extreme cases where the pain persists over the course of more than 2 to 4 months. In this method the damaged tendons are removed or repaired by medical professionals

 

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