Tennis elbow ?? Help!

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I injured my arm last year and I’m guessing maybe it was tennis elbow? I heard a huge pop doing hammer curls one day and was out of commission for MONTHS. Well it finally healed but this year I did almost the same thing to the other arm but don’t have a specific moment to where anything was pulled or popped it just ended up really sore the next day and the pain got worse and went down to my forearm and even hurt when I moved my fingers.

It’s gotten much better but I can still feel it’s no where near healed and it’s been 6months now. The pain is mostly in my elbow so to speak or right below into the very top of my forearm. I hate to keep taking it easy it really sucks and i want to start another cycle but don’t want it to get worse. I’ve tried tennis elbow bands and they don’t seem to work at all. Is there anything else I can do or take? Has anyone else gone through this?
 

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I had a severe case of tennis elbow about four years ago. Long story short, it was caused by a previous shoulder/back injury that never heeled properly. I would have never found this out without a doctor prescribing physical therapy.

My advice is get to an orthopedist. It can be a long road to recovery with injuries like this. Don't make it longer by continuing to cause damage.
 

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I had a severe case of tennis elbow about four years ago. Long story short, it was caused by a previous shoulder/back injury that never heeled properly. I would have never found this out without a doctor prescribing physical therapy.

My advice is get to an orthopedist. It can be a long road to recovery with injuries like this. Don't make it longer by continuing to cause damage.

very true, I always procrastinate and I need to go to therapy
 

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Fought it for months finally almost a week rest and prednisone made mine go away don’t recommend a cortisone shot that hurt like hell after for a few days and only masked the issue.
 

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It’s your tendons. They need to strengthen up. For the immediate popping, use strips of athletic tape perpendicular to where you feel it strained. Do auxiliary exercises for your elbow; you can alternate semicircular rotation with supinated grip the start of 1/2 motion and back to original position. You can also get Nickles (5 lbs) and just fan inward or outward (depending on where strain is).
 

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Fought it for months finally almost a week rest and prednisone made mine go away don’t recommend a cortisone shot that hurt like hell after for a few days and only masked the issue.

I second the recommendation against cortisone shots. I have had six rounds of shots in the shoulder/arm I've had issues with. Covered up the issue for two weeks at most.
 

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Is the pain kind of to either side of the elbow or underneath? Does it hurt when you bring your arm up to your mouth like when you eat or drink something?
 

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Had it bad for about 4 months. Stopped doing arms and lessened weight on all other workouts. After 4 weeks of this it went away and have been fine for a year now.
 

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If it's what I had a few months back the voodoo floss didn't do much for me but squeezing a tennis ball helped a bunch as well as forearm stretches with bending the hand back in both directions and holding.
 

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It’s your tendons. They need to strengthen up. For the immediate popping, use strips of athletic tape perpendicular to where you feel it strained. Do auxiliary exercises for your elbow; you can alternate semicircular rotation with supinated grip the start of 1/2 motion and back to original position. You can also get Nickles (5 lbs) and just fan inward or outward (depending on where strain is).
thank you! I’ll try this
 

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Is the pain kind of to either side of the elbow or underneath? Does it hurt when you bring your arm up to your mouth like when you eat or drink something?
It used to but not as bad now. It hurts on the outside and oddly enough on the inside of upper forearm and also outside of the whole forearm 2/3 of the way down
 

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If it's what I had a few months back the voodoo floss didn't do much for me but squeezing a tennis ball helped a bunch as well as forearm stretches with bending the hand back in both directions and holding.
Ya that felt like it helps sometimes but also wondering if it makes it worse
 

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It used to but not as bad now. It hurts on the outside and oddly enough on the inside of upper forearm and also outside of the whole forearm 2/3 of the way down

I had the same symptoms and my trainer had me train auxiliaries for a couple weeks and it made a difference. He integrated the auxiliaries into some of our training. I pinpoint which ones they are as they are from having a death grip on the weight - it’s where I vent it all out.
 

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Ya that felt like it helps sometimes but also wondering if it makes it worse

Flossing breaks up adhesions and causes more blood flow into the region which is always a good thing.

You can certainly stretch b/c tendinitis in my experience is due to an imbalance. Most people work their flexors and not their extensors enough and voila.... elbow pain is created.

Make sure you're also doing enough biceps curls. Many of us, myself included, do ALOT of extension but not as much flexion... meaning you need to do more than just perform curls for the girls. It's also important for joint and muscle health.

Here's another fix... take a 1gallon milk jug. Drink the milk. Take the jug and cut the top in a circle so you hand fit inside the jug. Now don't cut it to wide. Put sand in a 1/3 of the way up. Push you hand (closed) in the sand. Open your hand when youre at the bottom and lift up the jug. That's great PT for your extensors which could be the cause of your tendinitis.
 
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I had a severe case of tennis elbow about four years ago. Long story short, it was caused by a previous shoulder/back injury that never heeled properly. I would have never found this out without a doctor prescribing physical therapy.

My advice is get to an orthopedist. It can be a long road to recovery with injuries like this. Don't make it longer by continuing to cause damage.

^^^^ This. I tweaked my right shoulder benching. After that I noticed I was having pain in my elbow up around my forearm. Hammer curls still suck. Every rep is painful. I ice the shoulder nightly, and roll the joint and muscles around my elbow with a lacrosse ball. It helps.
 
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I've had it twice and healed up from it twice so far. What worked for me was following my doctors instructions. He said the key to healing it was keeping the inflamation down as much as possible.

That meant avoiding any movements that irritated it (i had to take out some dumbell lifts in exchange for machines, barbells and cables).

The other part was reducing inflamation with advil (take any time it got really irritated), and using voltaren gel on it regularly (it's an over the counter anti-inflamatory gel that will target the trouble spot so you don't have to take NSAID's constantly).

It hasn't come back for me in a while thank god!
 
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