Elbow pain can be quite disabling and if you've ever experienced it, you know that it's kinda like being struck by lightning right in your joint. It is like a current that travels to the tips of your fingers when it first strikes you. But striking pain can go away just as suddenly as it came, and then you think you're free from it. But what if it becomes chronic pain? What causes it and how can you relieve it?
Your elbow is not just a simple joint. It enables you to lift, throw, swing, and hug your dear ones. And you'd do anything to keep these abilities, right? Well, if you are someone who is involved in vigorous repetitive joint movements, there is a lot that could go wrong for your elbow and take away your abilities to enjoy your athletic performance and daily functions such as a being able to hug or shake one's hand.
Your elbow is a joint formed where 3 of your bones join: your upper arm bone (humerus) and the 2 bones that make up your forearm (ulna and radius). Each of these 3 bones has a cartilage on the end, and that is what helps them slide against each other and absorb shock. The tough tissues around them are called ligaments, and the tendons that connect your bones and muscles make it possible for you to move your arm in many different ways. If anything happens to any of these parts that make up your elbow, including the nerves and blood vessels around them, you will experience pain.
One way you can prevent damage to your elbow is to wear a pair of elbow sleeves. The sleeves will help absorb more of the shock before it reaches your cartilage, which will alleviate pain caused by an impact, for example. Your skin will be protected from scratches that can be caused by collision or falling. And because of the compression elbow sleeves provide you with, the pain you might already be experiencing will be significantly reduced, so you can recover actively and be able to enjoy your life more and give pain-free hugs to your loved ones.
Some injuries, such as falling or colliding while playing a sport, can be one-off events. You can also get a strain if you put too much pressure on your elbow, especially if you lift heavy or over-train yourself. Sprains are quite common in athletes who throw, play contact sports, and use racquets. You can treat this with rest, ice, compression, and as soon as the pain is gone, with stretches and strength exercises. Make sure you check with your doctor if you think your elbow is dislocated or fractured.
While one-time injuries happen suddenly and can be isolated events, wear-and-tear injuries occur over time. Also known as overuse injuries, these happen over time, as you repeat certain actions and movements that put wear and tear on your elbow. You can injure yourself working out, playing sports, or even in work settings that demand you to do vigorous repetitive arm and elbow movements.
Many diseases can cause elbow pain, even though elbow pain is not a usual or main symptom of the disease.
Based on the cause of your elbow pain, there are different things you can do to alleviate the pain. For example, if you think you've dislocated or fractured your elbow, you need to go to the ER right away. Even if you can still move your elbow, if it hurts and doesn't look right, don't second guess it and go straight to the hospital. Additionally, if you experience any of the symptoms below, call your doctor immediately:
Besides checking with your doctor for professional advice and taking painkillers, perhaps the best thing you can do before anything else is to take some time to rest. This will give your body a chance to relax and start repairing itself. Something very important that will help relieve your elbow pain is heat or warmth. While old school treatment calls for a moist hot pack around your elbow and forearm, it can be quite a drag to deal with.
The goal is to bring blood flow and nutrients to your elbow to accelerate the healing process. You can do this very comfortably with an elbow sleeve. An elbow sleeve is kinda like a hug that surrounds your joint and puts just the right amount of compression on your elbow to enhance blood flow and keep the joint and muscles around it warm. The Mava CrossMax Elbow Sleeves are very comfortable and they stay in place, so you don't have to adjust them every 5 minutes – that can be annoying. Additionally, once you get your hands on these sleeves, you can be sure that you will use them for more than just pain relief.
If you feel chronic pain because you exposed yourself to overuse, every time you wear your CrossMax elbow sleeves, you will benefit from pain relief and they will enable you to use your elbow for your daily activities, such as exercising, stretching, typing, hugging your loved ones and shaking hands with people. Imagine if you weren't able to do that and had to avoid the things you love just because of elbow pain.
Furthermore, if you wear your elbow sleeves during your exercise and especially during those activities that require vigorous repetitive arm movements, you will prevent pain altogether. Keeping your joints protected and compressed will ensure that you reduce the risk of injuries, eliminate fatigue, and speed up your recovery so that you don’t have to worry about this big list of elbow pain causes and ending up in the hospital for them. Most people who ended up in the hospital from elbow pain or developed chronic elbow pain didn’t wear elbow sleeves when they were supposed to. It’s a small detail that makes a big difference.
If prevention wasn’t your strong point and you’re now recovering, make sure you take an active approach as soon as the pain goes away and start doing stretching exercises to keep your elbow healthy and pain-free. Elbow sleeves, especially on your affected elbow will enable you to do these stretches with little to no discomfort and keep your joint and the muscles around it warm so you can get a good stretch out of it and reap the benefits without any stiffness.
Elbow pain is disabling and it can prevent you from fully enjoying your life, so don’t let it prevent you, make sure you prevent it! Think of what makes you do repetitive arm movements and try to do less of that for a while. Rest properly, because exhaustion and improper rest lead to over-training and overuse injuries. This can also cloud your focus and make it easier for accidents and one-time injuries to happen to you.
If you experience a one-time injury such as a fracture or dislocated elbow, immediately go to the ER! But consider avoiding these injuries by protecting your elbows and keeping your joints warm with CrossMax Elbow Sleeves. You will feel more confident and recover faster. As long as you care for your elbow joints with sleeves, stretches, and what your medical care provider advises you, you will be able to enjoy your life elbow pain-free!
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