You might have often heard that wrestlers develop severe back pains as they approach the later stages in their lives. This is often attributed to excessive exercising and weightlifting used for muscle building and muscle leaning. Although exercising helps you develop a good shape and gives good flexibility and stretch to your muscles, if not followed regularly or if carried on excessively, it may result in severe body problems such as backaches, elbow pains, and muscle weakening. So how should one tackle these problems? Is there any preventive measure or are there only curative measures available? Let’s see how the process flows.
What Causes The Elbow Pain After Weightlifting?
Elbow pain can become a condition for those carrying out weightlifting because the weightlifters will not have acquired the appropriate skills necessary to tackle the weights. The degree of pain may vary from person to person and will depend on the frequency of lifting the weights and how effectively and efficiently it has been carried out. If the lifter carries on to the weights with sudden and jerky movements, placing his arms at the wrong angles, he is more prone towards developing an elbow pain. Additionally, muscle strains around the arms during weightlifting can also cause elbow pain problems.
How Do I Prevent Myself From Elbow Pains?
There are several preventive measures that you can adopt in order to save your body from the pain and agony and also save yourself some time by not going onto bed rest after the injury:
- First, use lighter weights so that your body is not very strained and is able to develop little resistance against the weights
- When you lift your arms with the weights, make sure there is a slight bend in your arms and they are not perfectly straight; this will make sure the elbow is not victim to abrupt jerks
- Make sure the lifts that you perform come out naturally to you – you need to be comfortable with whatever you are doing and not stress yourself about it
- Perform gripping exercises on a daily basis in order to develop strong grips and to ensure that you don’t drop onto the weights easily.
- You may use an elbow compression strap after consultation with your doctor. This is a band that you tie to your elbows that guards the compression point of the elbow and helps in relieving the pressure on the tendons at the joint of the elbows.
- Perform a passive stretch by stretching your forearm extensors and bringing your palm straight down in order to straighten your arms and to perform the exercise.
Additionally, people also take some non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and may also get a few injections for themselves in order to relieve the pain in the elbow. However, these medications are relatively short term and their effect will not last very long.
The immediate treatment when you hurt your elbow should be to stop exercising and then use some ice on the affected area (ten minutes on and ten minutes off for one hour) and then use a bandage on the affected area.
Hence, injuries on the elbows should be carefully dealt with.
Kelvin wears many hats in the fitness and health industry. He believes in a practical, flexible and sustainable approach to bodybuilding. Initially Kelvin had started bodybuilding as a hobby which turned into passion and later, a successful career. He shares his expertise on strength training and body building to help the GFY community.
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