I am having a lot of pain in the outer part of left elbow (I am right handed) when I have to squeeze something with my hand and lift it. For instance when lifting a 1/2 gallon of milk without using the handle. It also hurts when I try to squeeze a new unbroken in baseball glove. It is not a sports injury unless you count snow shoveling as a sport. I first experienced some discomfort a year ago when shoveling when I would throw the snow to my left with my left hand forward. It was worse this year when shoveling snow and even worse a couple weeks ago after shoveling gravel. I will go to an orthopedist eventually, but I am just looking for information on possible causes of the pain until that time.
Post by Isaac Miller, MD on Mar 24, 2016 17:00:52 GMT -6
Typically, when people have pain with specifics activities there is a specific anatomic structure causing the pain. Without examining your elbow it is hard to pinpoint the cause of your symptoms, but sounds like it could be tendinous in nature. I would suggest that you have it examined since it is worsening. Chronic injuries potentially can be harder to treat. Hope that helps.
Post by Jessie Juntunen, MD on Mar 25, 2016 19:09:12 GMT -6
Agreed. Although we cannot diagnose without an exam, many of your symptoms sound suggestive of lateral epicondylitis (aka tennis elbow) or extensor tendinitis. Particularly if you are having pain on the lateral (outside) elbow and upper forearm when you do things that require extension at the wrist. I would also advise you to schedule an appointment with a physician. You would likely benefit from physical therapy. Prior to your visit, you could try an anti-inflammatory medication such as aleve or advil. There are some tennis elbow straps available for purchase, but I would recommend seeing a physician to verify the diagnosis prior to spending your money.
With pain going on for this long the most likely cause will be flawed and repetitive technique continuing to aggravate the situation. The doctors may well be able to diagnosis where the pain is and what movements can cause the problem but technique usually involves multiple movements. After the medical side is diagnosed and treated, the need for evaluation of the causative technique flaws need to be addressed.
I went to my primary care doctor for a follow-up visit for other issues and asked him about my elbow. He said tennis elbow. Suggested anti-inflammatories and a elbow band. The band seems to help. My biggest issue with the elbow is that it hurts to squeeze a stiff mitt closed. With the band on my elbow does not hurt nearly as much.
Tendinitis refers to inflammation as following a new injury or with a continuing degenerate condition. Tendinosis refers to defective healed tendon tissue and other issues. In tennis and many other activities, players injury/tear their tendons and then find a way to play with pain and farther stress the injury at the same location that caused the injury in the first place. This can often lead to defective healing. Chronic Tennis Elbow is very common. References on some of these details are in the thread.