In the medical dictionary, twitching is defined as involuntary contractions of groups of muscle fibers.
Twitching of the elbow is the exactly what you would think it is but ….
If you are like most people with this nagging and stubborn condition,
Your elbow twitches and stops randomly for a very short period of time.
But here is the kicker …
Your condition actually has a name.
Bet you didn’t know that!
It is more commonly referred to as fasciculation.
This is when twitching can occur in healthy, normal individuals without an associated disease or condition.
This does not mean you are completely in the clear!
The following could be some simple reasons/causes of your twitchy elbow:
However, it can also occur as a result of some disease or illness, such as muscle cramps, nerve diseases, and metabolism disturbances.
It should be noted here that although they are confused with each other and believed to be the same, fasciculation is completely different from twitching.
Ready for some good news?
Fasciculation is annoying but not harmful like twitching.
The topic of elbow twitching, to be more precise occurs in most people just below or underneath your elbow joint.
Does this sound like you?
In the majority of cases, it is mostly caused by fatigue or muscle exertion.
If you are an athlete and spend most of your time playing tennis, golf or exercising in a gym, you may find the annoying twitches more frequent.
However, if the twitches are happening in different areas of your body, you might have symptoms of serious nerve or muscle problems.
This requires medical evaluation from your Doctor or specialist.
Even if you don’t have any disease or nerve problem it is very important that you get the all clear from your Doctor for your own peace of mind.
So the million dollar question remains!
What is the causes of elbow twitching?
But before we jump into the causes…
What about those who have elbow cracking noise and popping. Is this a completely different condition?
1) Elbow Injury
It is important that you first look into the chance that you actually have some sort of elbow injury.
It does not have to be something that you recently did which has now caused the twitching.
It can be a past injury also.
Some of the common elbow injuries that can cause the twitching are golfer’s elbow and tennis elbow.
But are these conditions diseases or simply injuries.
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These injuries cause pain and inflammation in the tendons of the elbow that connects the elbow to the arm.
2) Excessive Use of Your Elbow
This is a no brainer!
If you lift weights, throw punches at a punching bag, or perform some martial arts, your elbow may acting weird especially if you overdid it one day.
3) Muscle Disorders
Muscle disorders can also cause your elbow to tweak and twitch.
These are hard to detect but not difficult to treat.
The ZocDoc website has some interesting insights and discussions on this topic.
You can check it out right here.
In case you feel that you have some muscle disorders, you have to get an appointment with a doctor to make sure that you get yourself cleared.
Last but no least … yet
Perhaps the strangest and definitely one you may not have heard of …
4) Excessive Consumption of Caffeine
Another very common cause of elbow twitching believe it or not, is the excessive intake of caffeine.
Tea, coffee, soft and energy drinks have somehow become a regular part of our diet.
Caffeine causes muscle disorders and that can result in unusual behaviours in various parts of your body.
What can you do right now?
If you have a history of some elbow injury, you should look to get yourself checked by a doctor.
Your Doctor, after a careful checkup and some X-rays, would be able to diagnose if the twitches is because of some elbow injury or muscle disorder.
Calcium & Vitamin D
These vitamins are not only good for stronger bones, but strong muscles as well.
In order to avoid muscle problems, you should look to increase the daily consumption of calcium and vitamin D.
Natural sources of calcium and vitamin D are milk and sunlight respectively.
Most of the time this nagging condition only irritates your arm gets “on your nerves”.
However, in some rare cases, you may also feel some pain.
In order to cure the pain, pain killers are a good option.
Not only will they provide relief against pain but also prevent numbness.
But in my honest opinion …
Cut Down Caffeine Consumption
As mentioned earlier, caffeine is one of the causes of twitching.
You should try to control and limit the daily consumption of caffeine.
Not only will you avoid twitching but also improve your health and muscle strength.
Ask yourself this question.
Are there other parts of your body which also twitch from time to time?
Do you also from time to time experience some eye twitching?
This is also commonly reported with individuals who have this elbow condition.
However, at times it can become very daunting and you may want to get rid of it as soon as possible.
And this brings me to this common misconception and myth about this condition…
Some people truly believe that they have a magical spot in their elbow.
The reality is that it is only a superstition and nothing more.
When all else fails, you can try some self massage techniques around your elbow region using essential oils, creams or rubs.
The oils will provide warmth to the muscles and the tendons.
The healing abilities of the oils will give a cozy effect to the muscles and you will feel quite relaxed as well.
Massage is also recommended for injuries like golfer’s elbow and tennis elbow.
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Even if you have some sort of swelling or numbness in the elbow region, you will feel quite relaxed.
By now you have probably noticed that I have brought up a condition called tennis elbow.
Did you know that tennis elbow also affects the exact same region of your elbow which is experiencing the twitching?
Yes it is absolutely true!
Now I want to put to rest one HUGE misconception about tennis elbow.
You DO NOT have to play tennis to get tennis elbow – period!
It is simply the name given to this stubborn condition and …
Ninety-five percent of sufferers who get it do not even play this racquet sport.
Along with the twitches, are you experiencing any of the following:
- tenderness on the outer part of your elbow
- an increase in elbow pain when you grip or squeeze down tightly on an object
- elbow pain when opening a jar, fridge door, shaking hands with someone
- elbow pain that gets worse when your extend your wrist upwards…
If you can answer “Yes” to any of the above, there is a 99.9 percent chance you have tennis elbow.
Well that is the bad news and now …
For some good news!
You only need to follow these 5 steps to completely eliminate your elbow troubles at home!