What Does Tennis Elbow Or Tendonitis Feel Like?

I work in a headlight factory and since returning to work 4 weeks ago from a 3 month maternity leave, my right arm, I”m right handed, has really been hurting. It started out being my shoulder but now is about half way down my arm, around the elbow but not my elbow. What can I do to get some relief.

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  1. munchmysquid, 28 July, 2009

    Could be tendonitis or another possibility of what you are describing could be satellite triggerpoints starting from infraspinatus but either way, a massage therapist is the ideal person to consult on this.
    Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) can be several degrees of severity.
    Grade 1 pain after activity only.
    Grade 2 pain at beginning of activity, disappearing during and returning after activity.
    Grade 3 pain at beginning, during and after.
    Grade 4 pain with all activities of daily living which continues to get worse.
    Pain, numbness, weakness are the three main subjective experiences and in chronic states, thickening of the tendon occurs as chronic inflammation and fibrosing (scar tissue deposition) of the tendon accumulate.
    Its funny (not really) that this has occurred after you returned from mat-leave because tennis elbow is very common during pregnancy.
    For your own self-care:
    If the area of pain is hot, use cold applications 10 minutes on/10 minutes off for an hour and then take a break before cycling again an hour later.
    If it is not hot, use contrast applications (cold for 2 mins/hot for 5/cold/hot/cold-always end with cold) or straight heat followed by gentle range of motion and stretching.
    As I said though, see a massage therapist for best resolution of your problem. Be well!

  2. Nicole V, 28 July, 2009

    I have that. Ive had it since I was 13. My relief I use is to massage it, and use a cold compress and massage it again after,

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