I started to develop a so-called snapping elbow. It was diagnosed because I had severe tendinitis, lasted 18 months and multiple doctors visits, one doc said tennis, the next golf arm. In the end I found an export who told me that my ulnar nerve jumps over the elbow at about a 90 degree angle. I don’t have problems during day to day activities, but under high load it’s a loud snap , with multiple reps is is painful, I was told that with time I will damage the nerve.
Pushing exercises like chest and shoulders cause a snap, pulling work for now.
Here is a better explanation of what was diagnosed: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5908985/
The doctor gave me two options:
His preferred choice, adapt your training and train around.
Get an ulnar nerve relocation surgery (not recommended by the surgeon unless I start to get numb fingers).
My two questions are:
Which exercises can I do to ensure I can still build mass to substitute the heavy push exercises (such as bench press, military press,…)
This is a more common problem with athletes I wanted to ask here, did anyone have the surgery to relocate the ulnar nerve. Would you recommend it?