Why Do My Elbow Joints Hurt After Weight Lifting?

I am a male in his early 20s who is new to weight lifting. I have never “worked out” before this stage in my life. I have been lifting weights every day for about 4-5 weeks now. I probably have only taken 6 days off total. To keep my body from wearing down, I have been alternating the days when I work out upper and lower body (like my buddies have told me).

Within the last week I have noticed that I have been experiencing a pain located around my elbows. The pain is usually at its worse right after I do bicep curls. The pain continues after I leave the gym. I go home and find it painful to fully extend my arm. This pain in my elbow joints keeps me from opening my arms to full capability. For example, when I reach my arm out to grab something, a sharp pain is felt in or around my elbow joint.

I asked a few weight lifting friends what the problem could be. They said they have never heard of this happening before and I should take a few days off. I took 2 days in a row off and the pain disappeared but returned when I began lifting again.

HERE IS MY MAIN QUESTION. Am I putting myself at risk of elbow joint injury? OR am I simply feeling the pain of a new set of muscles being worked that I have never worked before? Am I actually feeling pain in my bones or is this just sore muscle pain that I need to overcome to get stronger?

If it helps, the pain is felt directly behind the pointy bone that appears when you bend your arm (located on the upper arm, not the hand/wrist lower half of the arm).


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  1. structuredchaoz, 16 January, 2010

    You are either lifting too much weight too soon or not keeping proper form – or both most likely.

    You are straining your ligaments.

    Don’t continue to do this. Please look up proper form and try scaling back the weight until you can keep proper form.

    You are setting yourself up for more serious injury.

  2. Awii, 16 January, 2010

    Oh kind sir we are in the same ugly boat!
    I myself have been lifting and this pain in my elbow started up go figure.
    It got worse and it wasn’t until about 5 months did I finally see someone.
    It is golfers elbow!
    There are so many tendons connected to your bone and we are stressing them out by doing what we are doing.
    I am not a golfer either! lol
    I also had tennis elbow on the same arm a year ago and after that healed for a few months, it moved to the other side.
    I noticed it more when I would play Guitar Hero with my daughter.
    I am a cool mom! What can I say. I workout, and play!
    So I bet you are constantly bumping it when driving. 🙁
    Anyway, a dr. will have to be the one to help. They will recommend physical therapy, sports medicine, and probably prescribe 800 mgs of Motrin for inflammation.
    If you can, get someone or you yourself to GENTLY rub the area for about 10 minutes.
    Ice it, ice it, ice it!
    There are stretches to do as well.

  3. Keith, 16 January, 2010

    I have also just recently got back into heavy lifting. I am close to 40 but used to train a lot when I was younger. I have been off and haven’t training for a few years and just got back into it this week. My elbows are killing me too! This also happened to me when I was younger. I tried to go right back into lifting my old weights and killed myself. I was doing standing upright rows. While trying to pull the straight bar up to my chin…..I would curl my wrists toward my palm. "This type of strain can occur when the fingers are curved to type or to grasp an object at the same time the wrist is curled palm ward." I feel great except for my elbows……I am going to drink a lot of water….take some Advil to help with the pain and also unfortunately take a few weeks off….at least from heavy lifting…then ease back into it. I will however continue my cardio workout. Good Luck! Hope your feeling better by now?


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  5. bluefishnet, 16 January, 2010

    I had a friend who played tennis and he always had a pain in his right elbow. I don’t know if it’s in the exact place as you but he started exercising his arm with a gyroscope ball and he had never mentioned me about the pain anymore, he still plays tennis.

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