In today’s FAQ video, we answer the question “Why does my elbow hurt when I straighten it?”.

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Video Transcription [Please excuse grammatical errors due to the conversational nature of the video]:

Why does my elbow hurt when I straighten it?

This is something interesting and relates to  Mary’s questions about tennis elbow.

How about this: “Why does my elbow hurt when I squeeze or open something?”

Sometimes, it’s so bad when you’re straightening it and it’s so painful. Tennis elbow is what we’re talking about earlier relating to the shin splints. There’s a million things that can be involved in it everything from up in the neck – you know decrease range of motion of the wrist and fingers.

All of which have fascial or myofascial lines that connect through where we typically have tennis elbow, which is in the outside elbow inside golfer’s  elbow. Even though most people that have those things aren’t tennis players or golfers. Just anatomically, all of the muscles out on them are what we call the wrist extensors and finger extensors.

There are many muscles and they all come to this one common tendon. So it’s a broad amount of pulling all upon this tiny little tendon. So that’s one of the reasons it’s such a common place to get irritated. But again that can be caused from the neck and back all the way down to the fingertips that are associated with it.

Again, if you’re dealing with this case the tennis elbow, you need to make sure you’re seeing a practitioner who’s not just spending five minutes evaluating, wanting to stick a needle in it, and put cortisone or something like that. These methods are not shown to be very effective across the board.

But we aim to identify all of the factors associated with this problem and in hopes of treating every one of them. Otherwise the issue can become really stubborn and hard to treat.

Tendons have a pretty poor blood supply. If you strain a bicep or something like that, you give it a couple of days you will feel better. But the tendons are tricky to treat just because the healing process just takes longer.

It just takes patience and a good therapist to know that we need to load the tendon appropriately and get it to adapt. It might take some time but as long as you’re upfront with people, it’s ok.They get back to their activities and feel good at some point. It’s important to know that this is a process that can take some time, it’s one that usually takes longer.

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