Elbow related pages:

STRUGGLING WITH ELBOW PAIN?

Elbow pain can generally be split into two conditions: tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow.

Tennis elbow causes pain and tenderness around the outside of the elbow joint, whereas golfer’s elbow causes pain around the inner side of the joint.

In most cases, both conditions can be easily self-managed by adjusting activities to avoid further pain, carrying out simple exercises and if necessary, using painkillers.

Dealing with Elbow Pain

Elbow pain can usually be easily managed by you, at home. Simply reducing or stopping the activity that has caused the pain can make an enourmous difference.

Painkillers such as paracetemol can also be used to help manage the symptoms, but you should always consult your GP or pharmacist before taking.

Specific exercises for either tennis or golfer’s elbow can help strengthen your muscles and in turn, ease the pain.

Click on the relevant condition using the links on the left, to find out more about dealing with elbow pain.

 

Avoiding Elbow Problems

Avoiding Tennis Elbow:

  • As tennis elbow is caused by overusing the tendon that connects your wrist muscles to the outer side of your elbow joint, the key to preventing the condition is to take care when carrying out activities or sports that place pressure on the tendon.
  • It takes time for your body to get used to a new activity and due to their poorer blood supply, tendons take longer than muscles to adapt. So, it’s important to pace yourself and if in doubt, take advice from an experienced sports trainer.

Avoiding Golfer’s Elbow:

  • As golfer’s elbow is usually caused by over-using the tendon that connects your forearm muscles to the inner side of your elbow joint, the key in preventing the condition from developing is to take care when carrying out activities or sports that place pressure on the tendon.
  • It takes time for your body to get used to a new activity and, due to their poorer blood supply, tendons take longer than muscles to adapt. So, it’s important to pace yourself and, if in doubt, take advice from an experienced sports trainer.

Please note -
These are general exercises, seek advice if you are unsure.

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