The weather is getting beautiful again, we started to see an increasing elbow pain case in our office recently. If you are currently battling with elbow pain or muscle tightness around your elbow joint, and individuals who regularly enjoy a couple of rounds of pickleball matches (tennis and golf lovers, do we need to say more?) You might want to try this test on your own when you can:
Take right elbow pain for an example, try following tests to see what are some possible causes of your elbow pain. (The following self-tests do not substitute any medical evaluations in your doctor’s clinic; for proper diagnosis and treatment plan, please refer to your health providers)
First, use your left hand to grab hold of your right forearm just about an inch down from your right elbow, while you apply pressure squeezing your forearm, move your wrist up and down to see if your elbow pain will subside or decrease.
Second, repeat the same procedure mentioned above. Instead of moving your right wrist up and down, try opening and closing your right hand this time if there are any changes in your elbow or forearm pain. Third, if neither of two previous tests reduces your elbow pain, you may want to check in with your doctor to make sure any other underlying issues that might cause elbow pain (for example, stress or avulsion fractures, biceps/triceps strain, or upper arm involvement or other related referral pain etc.) If any of these tests does reduce your elbow pain, you will know that your elbow pain is very likely due to your forearm region muscle groups imbalance.
Most elbow pain can be treated and managed with conservative care which includes strengthening and stretching different muscle groups in your arms. Try this forearm stretching at home video HERE:
For other treatment options, always check with your health providers for appropriate management.
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