Learn How To Treat Elbow Pain Symptoms

By Alley Benton
Updated January 17, 2017
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Learn How To Treat Elbow Pain SymptomsIf you have elbow pain, you will struggle to straighten and bend the joint. Treating elbow pain symptoms starts by recognizing the symptoms themselves, which include limited movement, stiffness, and pain in the affected area. Each of these symptoms can be treated individually. If you feel that you cannot manage the pain yourself, then you should consider seeking medical attention, as your physician can check the elbow to see whether there might be a more serious problem, including joint instability. Your physician can also determine whether there is an infection.

Causes of Elbow Pain:

Before looking at treating elbow pain symptoms, it is important to understand their causes. Usually, repetitive movements are at the heart at the problem. Because you constantly straighten and bend your arm, it is possible that some catches or wears down, leading to pain. Elbow pain is also particularly common in people who use computers for long periods of time, as well as with athletes.

Treating Elbow Pain Symptoms:

Treating the symptoms of elbow pain has to start with prevention. If you work at a desk, you should use a soft sponge surface to protect your elbows. If you are an athlete or you use your elbows regularly for other things, you may want to consider wearing a support sock around it. Put together, this should help to reduce the chance of you experiencing pain in the first place.

Of course, that is only a preventative and precautionary measure. If your joint is already affected, then this will not give you any relief. For that, you will need some sort of medication. Nevertheless, even if you are at that point where you already have the symptoms, you should consider taking action to prevent further damage and stress on the elbow itself. If you don't, it is likely that the condition will only get worse.

Exercising your elbow joint to strengthen it is very important. This will help to increase the mobility of your joint. You should also stretch it, thereby reducing any existing discomfort and making the muscle stronger as well. Make some adjustments at work and at home so that you regularly stretch and strengthen the muscle and joint. There are a number of aids that you can use if you have to put undue stress on your elbow, such as opening bottles or jars. At work, you can use trolleys instead of lifting heavy things or carrying them over a long distance. Doing this will help your joint recover more quickly.

For the immediate pain that you are likely to feel, over-the-counter remedies are usually sufficient to help you manage it. Should this not be sufficient, your physician may be able to prescribe you stronger remedies. Topical creams can be beneficial and, in certain cases, injections of corticosteroids could be helpful. Other than that, hot and cold treatments on the joint itself, as well as gentle massages can be beneficial. Your physician may also want to refer you to a physiotherapist to help you strengthen the joint and avoid further injuries.

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