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Question About Elbow Pain...


Lately I've been having some elbow pain that always flares up when doing any pressing movements. For my last few workouts, I've been doing pretty much only squats, deadlifts, and pullup variations and it hasn't been a problem.

Anyways, today during my workout I was touching above my left elbow, the one with the pain, and I noticed that the tendon right above it is very, very tight. So my question is, is there anything I can do to get over this faster or do I just need time off?


If you think that it is sensible to use the elbow at all then I find that extremely light curls and even tri pushdowns can help. High high high rep sets, not supposed to be a challenge.

I find that has helped me with the odd elbow tweak, but sometimes the pain that I get from low bar squatting and pressing all the time over a period of weeks does mean that I have to give the elbows a break.


Flameout, enteric coated bromelain, vitamin C and negatives.

Do a search and find the article about healing tendons faster by performing eccentric-only repetitions.


Make sure it's not a ligament problem. I have had elbow problems for about 1 1/2 years and might have a stretched ligament. Pending an MRI might be forced to have ligament reconstruction surgery w/ a recovery period of almost a year and no guarantee of recovery if I want to have a college career.


Assuming you have just an inflamed tendon, take a few weeks off from direct triceps work. Take 1000mg of Glucosamine twice per day for two weeks and then reduce it as you have less pain.

After the two weeks start triceps work again with high reps and use exercises that you have not done before. Basically exercises that put a different angle of tension on the joint. You may have to stick with this for months until it heals.

This is what I did and it worked for me.

If you are having sharp pain you should see an Orthopedic Physician to rule out ligament tears, etc.