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Why Not All Elbow Pain is Tennis Elbow
Many individuals who suffer from elbow pain are quick to diagnose themselves with the most common type of elbow injury - tennis elbow. You shouldn't be so fast, as there are many other types of elbow injuries that you could be suffering from.
This is ever apparent when it comes to elbow pain. Individuals who suffer with elbow pain are quick to diagnose themselves with tennis elbow. They do so without knowing exactly what tennis elbow is, simply because it's an elbow injury that many people have heard of or they have a friend who's had this injury.
The only way to know for sure if you have a specific injury is to be professionally diagnosed by a medical doctor. Otherwise, you may be doing more harm than good, extend the length of your recovery and possibly make your condition much worse.
So what other types of elbow injuries can cause elbow pain besides tennis elbow?
A common type of elbow injury is elbow bursitis. The common symptoms associated with elbow bursitis is swelling and inflammation on the back of the elbow, it's tender to the touch, red in color, and feels hot. Elbow bursitis can develop if you lean on your elbows frequently, have recently taken a fall or direct blow to your elbow or perform repetitive tasks that requires a tight grip on an object combined with excessive wrist or arm rotation over an extended period of time.
A second kind of elbow injury that causes elbow pain is golfers elbow. This type of elbow injury is characterized by pain and inflammation on the inside of your elbow. In other words, when your arm is down by your side, the side of the elbow closest to your body. Common symptoms of golfers elbow include tenderness on the inside of your elbow that increases when you grip down tightly on an object.
Golfers elbow occurs when the flexor tendon in your forearm begins to fray or unravel like a rope. This is caused primarily by repetitive arm movements and actions combined with a tight grip on an object such as a golf club, baseball bat, tools, or any other item to perform a specific task.
The third and most common type of elbow injury is tennis elbow. Symptoms of tennis elbow are mainly inflammation, tenderness and pain on the outside of the elbow. This pain can sometime radiate down the forearm and into the wrist. It is caused by performing repetitive tasks that put excessive strain the extensor tendon. Any type of activities where you are constantly extending your wrist, using arm/elbow rotation combined with gripping down tightly on an object, over an extended period of time can lead to tennis elbow.
As with any type of elbow injury, your first line of defense is ice. This will help control and inflammation or swelling you may have. Secondly, seek out a medical doctor who will diagnose you properly. And third, avoid the activity, task, hobby, sport or movement that caused your injury in the first place.
So the next time you have elbow pain or hear someone complaining of tennis elbow, be sure to check that it really is tennis elbow and not one of the other common elbow injuries.