For many individuals popping a pill to help alleviate pain is no big deal.
The danger in doing so is that you may need to consume more and more in order to get relief.
If you are suffering from pain in your muscles around your elbow and you are self medicating just to get pain relief, then this short informative article will tell you everything you need to know because …
Not being proactive about muscle pain and ignoring it may prolong the amount of time you will need to make a full recovery.
In order to get a complete picture of what pain in your elbow muscles really means, we need to first identify the muscles that connect and come together to form your elbow.
Your forearm is comprised of bone and muscle.
These flexor and extensor muscles lead to and connect via tendons at your elbow.
These forearm muscles sit in what is referred to as the anterior compartment.
This compartment is broken down into three main categories: superficial, intermediate and deep muscles.
The muscles in this compartment are responsible for forearm flexion at the fingers, wrist and pronation.
There are four superficial muscles that make up the anterior compartment: pronator teres, palmaris longus, flexor carpi ulnaris and the flexor carpi radialis.
What’s really important here is the attachment point of where they all meet at your elbow.
The location is called the medial epicondyle.
When people refer to an elbow muscle strain or perhaps a muscle spasm on the inside of their elbow, this is usually the area in which they experience pain.
Inner elbow pain symptoms is a sure sign that you have golfers elbow.
Flexor Digitorum Superficialis
This is the only muscle that makes up the intermediate compartment of your forearm muscles.
Because it’s not usually a factor when it comes to elbow problems, we will skip it’s purpose and explanation.
For your own interest, you can read more about the flexor digitorum superficialis muscle and get all the facts.
Extensor Carpi Radialis Longus Muscle
If you are suffering from forearm muscle pain near elbow especially on the outer part of your elbow, then it is this muscle and attaching tendon that is usually injured and affected.
This muscle runs along the lateral side of your forearm and attaches at your elbow via your common extensor tendon at the lateral epicondyle.
It is responsible for performing the action of extending your wrist.
If you have read this far, great because medical jargon can be hard to follow but
Read on to learn what works best to stop the pain in the muscles around your elbow.
In a nutshell here is what is really important when it comes to figuring out why you have pain in the muscles around your elbow.
It all boils down to the muscles on the inside of your forearm and the muscles on the outside.
Your flexor muscles allow you to bend your wrist inwards and extensor muscles are responsible for extending your wrist upwards.
Press play on the video below that goes into more detail about elbow anatomy and the muscles of the elbow:
Decision Time – Where and When Does Your Elbow Hurt Most?
If your pain is located mostly on the inside of your elbow, and increases when you twist your forearm inwards towards your body, then you most likely have golfers elbow.
But if you are like most people, your pain is felt mostly on the outside of your elbow and gets worse when you carry something heavy, using tools such as screwdrivers/hammers, or even just gripping the kettle to pour a cup of tea – then you most likely have the number one repetitive strain injury – tennis elbow.
With names like “golfers” and “tennis” elbow you would think that these injures only happen to individuals who play these sports but ..
You would be wrong!
To be straight up front with you, any Doctor will tell you that you are more likely to develop and get tennis elbow on the job then you are playing tennis.
It’s not uncommon for people who work with their hands eight hours a day to get tennis elbow.
Actions that don’t require a lot of strength or power are not usually at fault.
It’s all about the movement of your arm, hand and wrist.
Think repetitive and not force.
So any sort of movement where you are constantly extending your wrist is how tennis elbow manifests.
Performing repetitive tasks with your arm over many days or months causes your extensor tendon to inflame and become stressed.
The common extensor tendon attaches your forearm extensor muscle at the lateral epicondyle, which in the end breaks down and gets torn.
You should be surprised to learn that the greater the tear, the greater the pain.
If you are like most people, you had early warning signs that things were not right with your elbow.
Perhaps a slight pain in your elbow that used to come and go?
Your grip strength getting weaker over the past few days or weeks?
Dropping items more frequently?
Is the pain in your elbow sharp, sudden, persistent or random?
Difficulty in extending your affected arm or straightening it out?
Have you noticed and elbow inflammation or swelling over the past two or three weeks?
If you haven’t don’t worry because after three weeks the swelling goes away as your body lays down scar tissue to fend off the inflammation BUT your injury still remains.
Don’t get to freaked out or think you are doomed because many people who have tennis elbow don’t even realize it until it gets in the way of doing things they enjoy doing or it impacts their on the job efficiency.
It doesn’t matter how you got tennis elbow.
Today is the day you really need to decide to take action and commit yourself to treating it once and for all.
Now before you go running off to your GP, you should know that there is a cost-effective and simple way to put an end to the pain in the muscles around your elbow and fully repair your tennis elbow.
No I am not referring to self medication with pain medication, elbow braces, endless trips to Physical Therapy or painful cortisone injections.
All of which your GP, who is not specialized in the treatment of tennis elbow will most likely recommend.
What really does work are a couple of simple, easy-to-follow home treatment techniques that have recently been endorsed by US Medical Doctors.
You’ll get your very own personalized online journal where you simply track your progress and implement the strategies yourself.
They take only four minutes a day, every other day to do and complete.
It’s a self-paced treatment program that doesn’t require any special exercise gadgets or equipment.
Sounds great doesn’t it?
Grab yourself a cup of coffee or your favourite beverage and play this video tutorial which reveals the step-by-step, home treatment techniques.