Can you get Tennis Elbow from lifting weights?

My elbow is sore all the time and stiffens up constantly, making it tough to sleep at night and also lift anything in a curling motion. I lift heavy weights 4 day week and was thinking this is what’s causing it. Any ideas??

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  1. phlatulent_phrog, 31 January, 2010

    Yes you can get tennis elbow from lifting weights, I did once (cortisone shots are an EXTREMELY unpleasant experience, but in my case they worked). It’s called "tennis elbow" because people typically get it from the sorts of strain(s) tennis puts on their elbow(s). You don’t say how heavy is "heavy" and you don’t say if your 4 days are consecutive, or if it’s the same muscle group you’re working out each time. It certainly sounds like you have a chronic strain problem going on. I’d say back off on the weight and the frequency, and see a GP, you may need a referral to a sports medicine specialist. I’m not saying cortisone shots will work for you (they don’t work for everybody, but at least if they don’t work, they’ll simply "not work", no untoward side-effects) but ask about them. When you start back into your routine, remember: MODERATON.

  2. sleddingsister, 31 January, 2010


  3., 31 January, 2010

    yes if u bang the metal weights together it’s not tennis elbow it’s worst becouse more vibration

  4. bettyboop344, 31 January, 2010

    yea, u needa give urself some rest, do it like every other day, make sure to stretch good, and be careful the weight ur lifting and the way u r!

  5. pknutson_sws, 31 January, 2010

    Yes…tendonitis in your elbow!

  6. nosivaj, 31 January, 2010

    Doctors say, tennis elbow, misleading as the name may sound, is a kind of "overuse injury" of the arm that can occur to just about anybody from a housewife to a computer professional. You do not need to be a sportsman to feel that sharp pain in the outer elbow as you go through your daily chores.

    Dr Yash Gulati, senior consultant, orthopaedics, Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, says: "Tennis elbow is a condition in which there is injury to the extensor muscles arising from the tip of the elbow because of repetitive movement of the forearm and wrist. It can be precipitated by the sudden uptake of any kind of vigorous activity, or if the intensity of any regular activity is suddenly stepped up. In sportsmen, the condition may be caused by a wrong ‘grip."

    According to Dr Surya Bhan, professor and head of the department of orthopaedics, AIIMS, "Tennis elbow is commonest among housewives because when they bend down and lift a heavy weight like say, a pressure cooker, there is a lot of wear and tear of the muscle. The condition sets in because of such repeated actions or by just a single one."

  7. kyle b, 31 January, 2010

    yes you can. tennis elbow, or tendonitis, is just an over-use injury. i lift all the time, and it’s just part of it. i take a 700-mg (prescription dose) of ibuprofen before i lift. it’s the only way i can handle lifting, cause my left elbow hurts bad when i do. the only way to get over it, is to quit lifting til it heals, or lift lighter til it starts to heal. connective tissue takes longer to heal. hope this info was helpful.

  8. djs, 31 January, 2010

    Most definitely.Tennis elbow is tendinitis in the elbow. Left untreated it can get worse and might require surgery to repair .Weights put an unnatural strain on the joint and the surrounding ligaments and tendons. Start out slow and use reps. instead of too much weight.

  9. nancy b, 31 January, 2010

    yes, it from pulling or tearing the tendon in the elbow. it takes a LONG time to heal this also, and should limit the weights and allow it to heal properly. i ended up having injections in mine to ease the pain more! here’s w/i found:

    Although not founded in clinical research[2] , the tennis player’s treatment of choice is frequent icing for inflammation, and taking ibuprofen anti-inflammatory pain-killers. In general the evidence base for intervention measures is poor.[3] A brace might also be recommended by a doctor to reduce the range of movement in the elbow and thus reduce the use and pain

    Initial measures
    Rest and ice are the treatment of choice. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may reduce pain, and inflammation. Stretches and strengthening exercises are essential to prevent re-irritation of the tendon[4] . Splints may be helpful if the tendon is torn. With physiotherapy, ultrasound can be used to reduce the inflammation. Manual therapy (a form of physiotherapy) is an important part of the treatment; it helps to relieve the muscle spasm and helps to stretch out the tightened tissues.

    Local steroid injections
    Intra-articular glucocorticoid steroid injections can resolve episodes for several months, but there is a risk of later recurrence. Following an injection, the patient normally experiences increased pain over the subsequent day before the steroid starts to settle the condition over the next few days[5] . As with any steroid injection, there is a small risk of local infection and tendon rupture. Most doctors will restrict after two injections giving further courses, as there is less likelihood of effectiveness but increased risk of side-effects.

    As opposed to short-term effects[6] , the longterm benefits of local steroid injection are less clearly established.[7]

  10. bookfreak2day, 31 January, 2010

    Yes, repetitive lifting can very well cause it. I suggest you stop the weight lifting for a time. Apply ice to elbow twice a day. Rest it as much as possible.
    My boyfriend is a framer for a construction crew. He has Tennis Elbow from the nail gun he uses.
    They sell bands with a bag of air in them to where that really help him. You can get them at any Pharmacy.
    Hope you get to feeling better.

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