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Elbow Pain; A Little Help?

Hello all,

A few years ago I had some elbow pain in my right elbow which I figured out was from low rep skull cruchers. I took some rest and did a lot of forearm stretching... problem solved.

Yesterday, something new happened. It was my other elbow. I was doing a 10x3 set of DB presses and was all excited because I was moving to 90lbs for the first time. I had done 85 the week before. Difficult, but no pain.

Anyway, during one of the early sets, about in the middle of the way up, I got a somewhat sharp pain in my other elbow, to the point that my muscles shut down and I could not finish my set. I took a short break, felt fine, and finished the set with mild discomfort. My elbow has been somewhat sore since then.I attributed it to tendonitis and treating it as such (my stretching routine has been lacking since the beginning of the holidays). However, I wanted to make sure that would be the case. My elbows have never bothered me during chest exercises before, only tricep focused ones. In addition, it was not during the more bent position of the exercise, when one would expect it, but halfway up. It was almost as if my muscles were not strong enough to stabalize that much weight on my elbows…

Anyway, just looking for some thoughts.

JF

[quote]Jesus_Freak wrote:It was almost as if my muscles were not strong enough to stabalize that much weight on my elbows…

JF[/quote]

Bingo IMO this ios prob it a new load etc and the stabilzers etc arent accustomed. Have you just started DB pressing on a regular basis??

stretch that sucker and well let it be the limiter Id suggest also using a rubber band to worjk your fingers in the opposite direction of a grip press against it. That and recovey fish oils and just progression.

Phill

There was an article on here – a long time ago, I think, but someone referenced it within the last several months – about treating tendonitis with what amounted to assisted reps followed by negatives. Applied to a triceps pushdown, it would go something like: pick a weight that you could push down with one arm, but not easily. Push it down with BOTH arms (should be easy). Resist on the way up with one arm. Switch.

I don’t recall what the weights were in terms of % of max, and I’m sure I’m grossly oversimplifying the article, but both the author and the person who referenced the article experienced very encouraging results. I don’t know if you have tendonitis, obviously, but this method lends itself to a variety of exercises.

Anyone know where the article is? Try searching for it. If I find it, I’ll post a link.

This isn’t the article I was thinking of, but if you’re worried about your elbows you might read this:

http://www.T-Nation.com/readTopic.do?id=1270397&pageNo=0

[quote]Phill wrote:
Jesus_Freak wrote:It was almost as if my muscles were not strong enough to stabalize that much weight on my elbows…

JF

Bingo IMO this ios prob it a new load etc and the stabilzers etc arent accustomed. Have you just started DB pressing on a regular basis??

stretch that sucker and well let it be the limiter Id suggest also using a rubber band to worjk your fingers in the opposite direction of a grip press against it. That and recovey fish oils and just progression.

Phill
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Thanks Phill,
I appreciate your wisdom and advice.

I am pretty sure this is what is going on. I went down yesterday, but increased the reps per set. I think I will do that again next workout and then try moving up again.

Of course, if you see the other thread I started, that next workout may be a week or two away… I dropped the DB on my foot yesterday :(((

JF

[quote]Feist wrote:
This isn’t the article I was thinking of, but if you’re worried about your elbows you might read this:

http://www.T-Nation.com/readTopic.do?id=1270397&pageNo=0[/quote]

Thanks Feist,
I have started incorporating some of these things!

JF