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Old 01-15-2012, 12:06 PM   #1
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Question Elbow Tendonitis?

What are some symptoms and causes of elbow tendonitis? My right elbow has started bothering me lately. I feel pain when I extend my forearm against weight, like when we "pull the bar apart" while Bench Pressing.

What are some methods of treatment and/or prevention?
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I've been suffering from this recently so I'd be interested to hear some peoples thoughts.

Mine started after several sets of Zottman curls one day, I think caused by over-pronation of the forearm. I suspect mixed grip deadlifts might not be helping either.

I find some anti-inflammatories help, and also applying single point pressure to the tendon insertion point on the elbow.
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Elbow Tendonitis Information & Treatment Advice - iTendonitis.com

I think this will be very helpful to those suffering from elbow tendonitis or what some call "tennis elbow".

Basically its cause is just simply over working the joint. It can be from reps or to much weight progression. The joint and tendon cannot develop nearly as fast as a muscle can thus it is often times the weak point in the system.

As far as treatment its inflammation and just needs to be treated as such. Ice, Heat, anti-inflammatory meds and rest.

Some could look at form correction too as a possibility.
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thanks. i find it strange that it's in only one elbow considering all the training i do is barbell and thus symmetrical.
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Squats are actually a major cause of sore elbows, I've known many lifters over the years who have had some elbow issues from too much stress on the elbows caused from poor positioning in the squat. I had similar issues earlier last year as well.

I'd consider this if you low bar squat and perhaps look at varying/experimenting with bar position.
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i can tell you without doubt that i have a serious issue with my wrists when i squat becoming flattened and under extreme pressure throughout the lift. the only way i've been able to alleviate this at all is by trying not to wrap my fingers around the bar in kind of a thumbless grip.

can anyone relate? how might i fix this? could this relate to elbow pain?
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i can tell you without doubt that i have a serious issue with my wrists when i squat becoming flattened and under extreme pressure throughout the lift. the only way i've been able to alleviate this at all is by trying not to wrap my fingers around the bar in kind of a thumbless grip.
Yep, not a bad guess huh.

The solution is to make sure your upper back is taking the load rather than relying on your wrists to keep it in place. This may well involve a slightly higher bar position or a wider grip. I would vary the bar/your hand position and see if you can find something which is more comfortable.
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i would be hesitant to alter the position of the bar on my back to avoid drastically altering my technique, but hand position seems like a simpler fix. is that logical?

while thinking of my position, as I move my hands further outward (toward the weights) the angle between my forearm and the bar creates an awkward/painful bend in my wrists when trying to wrap my fingers and thumb around the bar. is a wider hand position with a thumbless grip "okay"?
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i would be hesitant to alter the position of the bar on my back to avoid drastically altering my technique, but hand position seems like a simpler fix. is that logical?

while thinking of my position, as I move my hands further outward (toward the weights) the angle between my forearm and the bar creates an awkward/painful bend in my wrists when trying to wrap my fingers and thumb around the bar. is a wider hand position with a thumbless grip "okay"?
I read somewhere that a thumbless grip is better for when the bar has to be dumped in a hurry, especially with squats.
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Yeah I prefer to go thumbless.

Wider is fine but then you lose upper back tightness. Higher on the back is also fine, (i'm not suggesting high bar, but just a little higher), but then you lose a little leverage advantage.

It's a give and take situation. Either way some action needs to be taken to fix the issue since it will get worse if you persist.
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