Possible Tendinitis In Elbows?

I used to be an avid weight-lifter in high school, and still dabble every now and then. Later in high school (it must have been very gradual) I noticed that my arms would not unbend all the way. I would actually laugh about it with friends, because it didn’t seem like a big deal at the time, and I figured it was just from working out and having developed muscles. Now, roughly ten years later, my elbows hurt when I lift anything even mildly heavy (groceries, my son, etc.). It is a burning sensation in the elbows, and if I lift something significantly heavy the pain might persist on and off throughout the day. It aches pretty bad, and almost feels like the elbows need to pop but cannot. I have been told by a family doctor that this is probably tendinitis, and he would recommend physical therapy if not for me not having health insurance. He suggests searching for "elbow exercises" on the internet. Does anybody have any experience with dealing with/curing this problem? Apparently is it quite curable. I would love to be able to get into weightlifting again and do simple chores without my elbows aching so badly. Any suggestions or similar stories are greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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  1. mccrackan, 23 February, 2010

    I’ve been a massage therapist (MT) for twelve years and have treated many cases of elbow tendinitis. Find a MT near you who is trained in sports medicine–they’re way more affordable than physical therapists and hurt a lot less. Expect to go for a half hour at a time 2-3 times/week for about 4-6 weeks.

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