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How to deal with elbow pain from weightlifting

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Dealing with elbow pain from weightlifting

Are you experiencing elbow pain from weightlifting? You're not alone. Many weightlifters experience pain in their elbows, and it can be tough to figure out how to deal with it. 

In this blog post, we'll discuss some of the causes of elbow pain and offer some tips on how to manage it. Keep reading for more information!

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    What causes elbow pain when lifting weights?

    If you weight lift regularly, you may have experienced elbow pain at some point. Two main types of elbow pain can be caused by weightlifting: tennis elbow and golfer's elbow.

    Tennis Elbow 

    Tennis elbow is usually caused by repetitive motions that put stress on the tendons and muscles around the elbow joint. 

    Golfer’s  Elbow 

    Golfer's elbow is similar, but it occurs on the inner side of the elbow instead of the outer side.

    Both types of elbow pain can be treated with rest, ice, and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications. 

    How do you relieve elbow pain from lifting? 

    Elbow pain from weightlifting is a common issue that can be frustrating to deal with. There are a few different things you can do to help relieve the pain.

    • Rest or take a break from lifting. First, rest or take a break from lifting. This will give your elbow a chance to recover.
    • Apply ice to the area. Ice can help reduce inflammation and pain.
    • Over-the-counter medications. Over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen can also help to reduce pain and inflammation.
    • Wear a brace. A brace can help support your elbow and reduce stress on the area.
    • Apply kinesiology tape. Kinesiology tape can help to reduce pain and provide support.

      *If the pain is severe or persists for more than a week, you should see a doctor.


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      How long does it take for a weightlifter's elbow to go away?

      It may take four to six weeks of rehabilitation to get back into your usual routine. However, if the conservative treatments mentioned above do not work, a minimally-invasive surgery may be needed. 

      If you undergo surgery, it may take two months of rest to start recovery. Additionally, you will also need another four to six months of physical therapy to recover fully. 

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      How do you prevent elbow pain from lifting? 

      Any weightlifter knows that elbow pain is a common issue. Whether you're just starting out or you've been weightlifting for years, you may find yourself dealing with this frustrating problem at some point. There are several things you can do to prevent elbow pain from weightlifting.

      • Have proper form when lifting. Make sure you have proper form. If you're not using the right technique, you're more likely to injure yourself. 
      • Make sure to warm up before a workout. Warm up before your workout. This will help loosen your muscles and prepare your body for the exercise to come.
      • Wear compression wraps to get additional support. Wear compression wraps or sleeves for additional support. These can help stabilize your joints and prevent them from shifting during your lifts. 
      • Strengthening exercises. Focus on strengthening exercises for your triceps and biceps. This will help balance the muscles around your elbow joint and reduce your risk of injury.

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      Thanks for sticking with us throughout this post on elbow pain! We hope that you found it helpful. If you’re experiencing any kind of elbow pain, be sure to check out the Tape Geeks blog for more information about different aches. 

      We have a wealth of information available, so you’re sure to find something useful. And as always, if you have any questions or comments, feel free to reach out to us!


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