When it comes to pain, I have to admit I’m a real wimp.
Most guys will never admit to it but I hate having anything wrong with me that prevents from doing the things I love to do.
Discomfort and pain at the elbow is extremely frustrating and can be challenging to overcome.
That’s why if you are suffering from elbow pain, you need to rule out specific injuries and one of them is tennis elbow.
Here’s why …
Most people don’t know this but there are 9 tennis elbow symptoms that stand out and clearly identifies whether or not you have this outer elbow condition.
Symptoms range from dull aching pain, inflammation, elbow tender to the touch, stiffness, decreased grip strength to increase in elbow pain when gripping/squeezing an object tightly.
Here is quick overview of common symptoms:
- 1. Increase in elbow pain when gripping/squeezing
- 2. Elbow stiffness and difficulty straightening arm
- 3. Outer forearm pain
- 4. Elbow tender to the touch
- 5. Weakening grip
- 6. Elbow pain getting worse overtime
- 7. Noticeable inflammation and swelling of elbow
- 8. Sudden spike in elbow pain
- 9. Burning sensation in elbow
Tennis elbow is a condition that impacts the lives of millions of people each year and most don’t even know that the pain in their elbow is something serious.
Inflammation and irritation of the extensor tendon at the attachment point of the lateral epicondyle is the true source of this injury and where things go bad.
But that’s just part of the story.
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What follows below are the top 9 symptoms that will quickly rule in or out whether or not you have tennis elbow.
1) A spike in elbow pain when you grip or grasp an object.
Once confirmed that you have tennis elbow, you may be a little confused and puzzled because you don’t play tennis.
Am I right?
Well it’s not just gripping a tennis racquet that can cause you to develop tennis elbow.
Many people who work with tools can develop tennis elbow and these can be pastimes or hobbies such as gardening, carpentry, or even just raking up leaves.
Sporting activities such as baseball, golf, and badminton can also cause this painful injury.
2) Your affected elbow is hard to straighten or extend, especially in the morning.
A natural movement when you wake in the morning is to stretch your arms out in front of you or overhead.
This simple action that we all take for granted can be quite painful and difficult to do, especially when you have tennis elbow.
The reason why your arm is stiff is because of the shortening of your forearm extensor muscles as a result of irritation, inflammation and/or tear of your extensor tendon.
Check out my other post on why your elbow hurts when extended.
Any time you suffer a tendon injury, the muscles which attach there will undoubtedly become harder to stretch or straighten fully.
This is completely normal and anyone who has suffered from tennis elbow will tell you straight up front that even extending their arm to shake someone’s hand can be extremely painful.
As if that is not enough symptoms to worry about, then we have number 3.
3) Outer forearm pain that sometimes radiates down from the elbow, through your forearm and into your wrist or hand.
Here’s what you must understand.
It is important not to confuse pain that shoots down your left arm with elbow pain in your forearm.
If you have shooting arm pain, especially down your left arm, then you should definitely see your Doctor immediately.
This is a common sign of heart problems, don’t ignore this!
This sort of forearm pain is most noticeable 18-24 hours after overusing your arm.
Actions or activities such as doing a little DIY work on the weekend, yard work, helping someone move, or perhaps after starting a new sport can cause forearm soreness.
And if that is not enough …
4) Your elbow is tender to the touch at the bony nodule of your outer elbow.
Here is a picture of the exact location that I am referring too:
5) Your grip has been getting weaker.
This one can really get inside your head!
Have you been noticing that when you shake hands with someone or go to twist the lid off a jar of jam that your strength is not what it used to be?
Do you have the confidence to hold and grip a hot cup of coffee around a baby?
If your job, hobby or sport requires you to maintain a strong grip, an injury such as tennis elbow can really affect your ability to perform and impact job performance.
Also check out this article on elbow pain with suggestions for pain relief.
Injuries can start out slow and if you don’t address it immediately then they can balloon into a much larger and painful problem.
Ignored long enough and your condition can become chronic and cause you to lose your independence.
Chances are that your pain and symptoms were minimal at the beginning.
Perhaps your elbow pain only used to bother you every three or four days.
But now, you have elbow pain everyday!
This one can be a little tricky.
As it turns out
Tennis elbow sufferers usually experience inflammation and swelling of their elbow ONLY within the first two to three weeks.
Beyond these few weeks, it usually subsides as your body’s natural defence system lays down gummy scar tissue to help fight it.
You may not even be able to see with your naked eye any visible signs of swelling.
The only way to know for sure is to measure the circumference of each of your arms to see if there is a difference in size.
8) An quick spike in elbow pain when you extend your wrist upwards and pull back on your hand with resistance.
This is exactly how Doctors test for tennis elbow!
It’s called the Cozen’s test.
You can even perform this simple test on yourself and save yourself money and time on a trip to your Doctor’s office.
Extend your affected arm out in front of you.
Extend your wrist upwards with your hand, closed fist.
Reach around with your other hand and try to push your hand down towards the floor.
If you try to resist and push back against the force, your elbow pain should increase.
Check out this simple tennis elbow test you can at home.
If you have pain in your elbow and upper forearm, you have tennis elbow.
It’s as simple as that!
9) A burning sensation and tenderness on the outside of your elbow.
You know that feeling that you get in your feet when you walk too much or spend too much time on your feet?
The same thing happens when you have tennis elbow.
You may notice this burning sensation when you use a screwdriver or perhaps if you spend much of your day typing on a computer or using your computer mouse.
When your forearm extensor muscles are “injured”(which is what really happens when you have tennis elbow), any type of strain or excessive use of them results in a stinging, burning sensation in your forearm and elbow.
So there you have 9 tennis elbow symptoms that you should never ignore, rather you should take immediate action to stop your pain and suffering.
But that’s just part of the story!
You don’t have to waste hundreds of dollars of your hard earned cash on doctors or physio appointments.
Forget about washing down fistfuls of anti-inflammatory pills on a daily basis that only masks the pain.
You don’t have to wear bulky and restrictive elbow braces/bands/straps that really only promote muscle weakness and fatigue.
Never worry about having to get painful cortisone injections in your arm.
In fact, you don’t even have to leave your home!
Click on the button below and follow this simple home treatment formula that is so easy and simple to follow that a kindergarden student could do it!