There so much our elbow joint do in our daily routine. From dawn to dusk, our elbows are working constantly while picking things up, hugging, shaking hands, waving and so on. Now a sudden elbow pain strikes or you feel a minor discomfort, imagine how the rest of your day will be if the elbow doesn’t feel right. Terrible, isn’t it?
A pain, discomfort or an injury in our elbow joint can occur without any invitation. You might be unaware but our certain carelessness in our daily routine is the reason why the majority of us are complaining of elbow joint pain today. Then there are injuries which can worsen the functioning of the elbow, if not given timely care and treatment. Let’s see what are some of the common elbow discomforts, what causes them and what are the solutions that can help get over with it.
1) Tennis Elbow
The tennis-elbow is the one common injury that every sportsperson complain about once in a lifetime. Yes, even the God of Cricket, the Master Blaster, Sachin Tendulkar was once a victim of tennis elbow. The time period between 2004 to 2006 was like almost no cricket for the fans of the legendary batsman. He had sleepless nights feeling the pinch of injuries and could not even lift his son Arjun’s plastic bat. It took four-and-a-half months for the national icon to recover after the surgery of his tennis elbow. To know what is tennis elbow, its symptoms, reasons and home remedies for tennis elbow, click here.
There are certain types of arthritis like rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout etc., that can affect your elbow, triggering pain from elbow to your hand.
3) Golfer’s elbow
Known as medial epicondylitis, golfer’s elbow is a bit similar to tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis). It affects the inner parts of the elbow joint where the tendon that connects the elbow bone to the forearm muscles which enables the flexing of the wrist and fingers to get inflamed. Activities that involve repetitive motion or forceful gripping cause golfer’s elbow where the victim may feel a burning sensation in the elbow.
4) Trapped Nerves
Just like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, even the nerves in your elbow joint can get squeezed causing sharp pain in the inner elbow which are termed as Cubital Tunnel Syndrome and Radial Tunnel Syndrome depending upon the affected nerve.
Sprained elbow, elbow fracture, elbow dislocation, all these are common sports injuries or can happen anytime due to a fall or a blow which follows severe pain in the elbow and forearm, along with swelling, numbness and tingling in some cases, and/or an inability to straighten or move the arm.
Elbow Pain Home Remedies
- For any discomfort in your elbow, you can always start with R.I.C.E (rest, ice, compress, elevate) treatment which will stimulate the blood flow and help to relieve the pain to some extent.
- If the pain persists, you can make use of elbow splints to give extra support to your elbow muscles.
- Under expert guidance, you can practice some tennis elbow stretches or elbow exercises to minimize the stiffness of muscles and tendons that surround the elbow joint and improve muscle flexibility.
- If nothing helps, get an electrotherapy device and treat your elbow naturally at the comfort of your home. The combination of therapeutic ultrasound and TENS in it can ease and treat any type of elbow pain without any harmful effects.