Do you have pain in your outer elbow that extends all the way up to your shoulder? You may be suffering from tennis elbow.
Tennis elbow is a condition that is caused by inflammation of the bony projection on the outer part of the elbow. This condition can be very painful and can make it difficult to do everyday activities. This condition is often caused by repetitive motions of the arm, such as tennis or other racquet sports.
The main symptom of tennis elbow is a pain in the outer part of your elbow that can extend to your forearm muscles and maybe into the hands as well. However, this pain can travel all the way up into your shoulder. This usually happens once the pain has been present for a certain amount of time or has become chronic. You may also notice that your arm feels weak and how the arm pain is related to the elbow pain.
One of the reasons behind this pain is the fascia that runs along your hands, forearm and into your arm. Fascia is a type of connective tissue that covers all your muscles. The tennis elbow pain can cause the fascia to become tighter and shorter, which then limits the range of motion in your arm. Eventually this tight fascia will lead to pain up your arm and sometimes in the neck and shoulder areas.
There are a few other likely reasons for shoulder pain that arises from tennis elbow. One is the lack of movement in the area due to pain which can lead to problems such as frozen shoulder.
Secondly if your tennis elbow was caused due to a fall or injury, chances are that your shoulder might be involved due the injury itself.
Thirdly you need to consider co-existing conditions such as cervical spondylosis. This is a condition where there is wear and tear of the vertebrae and discs in your neck, which can lead to shoulder pain.
So if you are experiencing tennis elbow pain, do not just assume it will go away on its own. It is important to seek professional help but there are many self management strategies that you can apply for managing your tennis elbow pain. To learn more about these self management strategies feel free to join my free community where we discuss this and similar topics in a judgement free friendly group.
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