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« on: April 10, 2009, 09:33:00 AM »

Over the past two weeks I've developed some pretty severe elbow pain.

The pain seems to be on the inside of the elbow, possibly tendonitis??

Anyone have any remedies?
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« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2009, 11:14:05 AM »

Do you play golf or tennis? 

Do you remember hyperextending it or any specific time you injured it?



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« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2009, 12:17:27 PM »

I like tiger balm and advil.
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« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2009, 12:39:59 PM »

Do you play golf or tennis? 

Do you remember hyperextending it or any specific time you injured it?





No golf or tennis for me...


I don't recall any specific time that the injury occured, but only noticed an increase in pain over the last couple of weeks.  As my training experience has grown, I've learned to pay immediate attention to these types of injuries so that they don't become prolonged problems.

I have been doing 20 minutes heat followed by 20 minute ice twice a day, and assume that I may have to take some time off from training, but would just like the injury to heal up ASAP.

I've got some china gel that I will start rubbing in as well.
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« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2009, 04:34:55 PM »

Over the past two weeks I've developed some pretty severe elbow pain.

The pain seems to be on the inside of the elbow, possibly tendonitis??

Anyone have any remedies?


Ice, Ibuprofin and rest. Tendonitis takes a while to heal.
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« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2009, 12:21:46 PM »

I've had this type of pain and believ me it will probably never go away.....it just keps nagging at you adn it just gets worsae to the point where you can't ignore it any longer and you can't do certain exercises because it hurts so bad...

mine was on the outer elbow and it felt like tendonitis as well.....I think I developed it through doing bicep curls and pull-ups.....

I stayed out the gym for a while and stopped doing the barbell pull-ups and preacher curls and it went away..now I am pain-free and feeling good

what you can also do is hold a dumbbell down at your side and twist it back and forth to strengthen your elbow muscles....do that every time you work out and the pain may go away since you are strengthening your innner and outer elbow muscles which are a weak link in terms of lifting heavy weight..
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« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2009, 08:52:33 AM »

Ice, Ibuprofin and rest. Tendonitis takes a while to heal.


how much rest time do you recommend my friend?


what about using some type of compression?
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« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2009, 12:14:18 PM »

I should iterate that I have no pain on the outside (actual elbow), it's the inside, below the bicep, and mainly hurts when I try to grip something.
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« Reply #8 on: April 13, 2009, 01:07:41 PM »

Hold your affected arm straight out in front of you.
Press the pad of your thumb flatly against the pad of your ring finger very firmly for several seconds.

Does that aggravate the pain spot?

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« Reply #9 on: April 14, 2009, 08:39:36 AM »

Hold your affected arm straight out in front of you.
Press the pad of your thumb flatly against the pad of your ring finger very firmly for several seconds.

Does that aggravate the pain spot?




yes, it does actually
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« Reply #10 on: April 14, 2009, 12:05:01 PM »

In answer to the above post and your pm:

Sounds like you have what I experienced.
Yes, it is tendinitis.
I tried many different remedies:
Ice
Compression
NSAID’s
Cissus
Stretching
Ibuprofen Gel
Cortisone
Iontophoresis
Cross-friction massage
Bio-Freeze & other counter-irritants
Probably a few more I’m missing, but you get the picture…

Most of these things had a nominal impact on healing.
Cortisone & Ionto worked the best and fastest, but the pain returned about a month later.

Ice is good. A physical therapist told me that direct ice is best, and to make up my own popsicles by pouring some water in a dixie cup, place a tongue depressor in the cup and freeze the whole thing.
Once frozen, peel away the cup and rub the ice in circular motions on the affected area until the ice is gone. Have a towel handy because this does get messy.
Strive for doing this several times a day if possible.

Static stretching is good, but something that worked better was keeping my arms straight as often as I could.
If you spend most of your day at a computer or sitting at a desk, your arms are usually bent, and for some reason this seems to bother the tendon.
Try keeping your arms straightened while sleeping. Those 6 or 7 hours will help the next day.

The biggest factor was rest. Inflamed tendons need time to heal, and if you don’t give them that rest they can cause bigger problems for you later – think scar tissue and surgery.

I did take a few weeks off from training. Elbows still pinched a good bit when I returned, but changes in training habits helped.
Reduce training frequency (remember tendinitis is caused by OVERUSE), and the exercises that cause direct pain – substitute them with the painless variety.
Also, avoid foods that promote inflammation – fried foods, sat. fat, etc.

Doing these things have helped me tremendously. I am now back to doing things normally again. I still have some isolated instances of discomfort, but they are few and the severity of the pain is dramatically lower than it was originally.

Good luck.

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« Reply #11 on: April 14, 2009, 12:12:14 PM »

As a side note:

My elbows bothered me for over 2 years.
On a scale of 1-10 (10 being most severe), the pain levels fluctuated between about 5-7, but seldom hurt more than that.

If your elbows pinch and burn when you are just lying in bed, the pain is probably becoming chronic and you need to take drastic and immediate measures.

Also, consider supplementing with fish oils. Omegas have a wonderful and fairly potent anti-inflammatory effect.

Told you there were some things I forgot.
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« Reply #12 on: April 14, 2009, 12:57:44 PM »

TIGER BALM IS WORTH A TRY........ GIVE IT A SHOT!!!!
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