Chronic Elbow Pain
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Elbow pain affects nearly everything you do. Small movements of the hand, such as turning your keys, can cause sharp pain in your elbow. An elbow injury can easily lead to chronic elbow pain, if the injury does not fully heal. Certain health conditions, such as arthritis, can also cause chronic elbow pain. I.C.E. DOWN ice wraps can give you relief from elbow pain and can help heal injuries which cause chronic elbow pain.
Tendonitis is inflammation of one or more of the tendons in the elbow. Tennis elbow and golfer's elbow are examples of elbow tendonitis. In tendonitis, there are microscopic tears of the tendon, and there can even be more serious tears. When the tendon never gets the chance to fully heal, tendonitis becomes chronic.
Chronic tendonitis can be resolved. Cold therapy can be used to bring down the inflammation and provide relief from your elbow pain. Gentle exercise is used to build up strength and range of motion. Icing before and immediately after activity prevents the inflammation which exacerbates the existing tendonitis.
Ligament injuries and loose ligaments can cause chronic elbow pain. A loose ligament can be the result of overuse injury. The ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) stabilizes the elbow. Injury to the ligament is a very common cause of chronic elbow pain and may be misdiagnosed as tendonitis. Referred pain caused by UCL injury may be misdiagnosed as carpal tunnel syndrome.
Osteoarthritis is the breakdown of the cartilage in the elbow. Injuries can lead to osteoarthritis, or it can be the result of age. Osteoarthritis causes inflammation, pain and stiffness in the elbow.
Rheumatoid arthritis is more common than osteoarthritis in the elbow. Rheumatoid arthritis is an auto-immune condition which causes inflammation and pain and eventually destroys the joint. Rheumatoid arthritis is more likely to affect both elbows than just one elbow.
Elbow arthritis causes pain when bending the elbow and when straightening it.
The elbow is a common pain site for fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is an autoimmune condition which causes inflammation and pain throughout the body. Pain in the soft tissues is one of the key symptoms of fibromyalgia. Bringing down the inflammation is the key to relieving fibromyalgia pain.
Cold therapy is one of the few ways that fibromyalgia sufferers can find consistent relief from chronic elbow pain. People with fibromyalgia face the added challenge of gastrointestinal disorders and sensitivities which can make it impossible to tolerate nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), so they must find another way to relieve the inflammation.
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