Q&A about how to deal with sudden onset elbow pain.
Hopefully you can give me some ideas about how to deal with my rather sudden onset of elbow tendonitis.
Date: 3/17/2009 7:01:56 PM ( 13 y ) ... viewed 11144 times
Hi, Tendonitis Guru
Hopefully you can give me some ideas about how to deal with my rather sudden onset of elbow tendonitis. I have no idea how it developed, except possibly doing isometrics, where I push and pull for 10 seconds at maximum strength. And that's when it hurts, if I pull with my left arm.
I've been to an acupuncturist (no effect) and I've been to orthopedics. The orthopedics doctor offered pills, I declined. He then said to hot pack the area 3 times a day for two weeks, and it should disappear in two weeks. Well, so far, after five days of hot packing it hasn't improved any. Maybe worse. So, any suggestions are welcome. Thanks!
The Tendonitis Guru answers:
Thanks for asking, and for the details.
So....let's see here.
As a general statement, Hotpacking just isn't going to make it better. Pills never work. Here's why.
1. While it occurs like a sudden onset of elbow pain, the reality is there has been a
Pain Causing Dynamic in place for a long while.
Being human, it's just the way it works: We use our body, muscles and connective tissue slowly get tight, then tighter and tighter over time.
Our body compensates as long as it can until it reaches a point where it can't anymore, and basically says "It's your problem now!"
That's when all of a sudden you really start to feel pain.
By that point, there is a lot of Inflammation in the area, and an entire Downward Spiral of pain and tightness.
It's possible that you have true Tendonitis, which means there is actual wear and tear injury on the tendon and connective tissue.
It's likely that you primarily just have REALLY TIGHT muscles and a nervous system that is now treating you like you are injured.
The only way it knows how to protect you is to tighten muscles and increase the Inflammation.
2. What do you do about it?
The simple answer is, A. Self Massage it for 30 seconds EVERY HALF HOUR, and B. Learn How To Reduce Inflammation.
Do that like the health of your elbow depends on it (it does) for 7 all out days. The pain should invreasingly go away before then, but keep doing the self care to help your body continue on it's Upward Spiral.
Then manage your exercise with your self care to remain pain free.
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