/ Pain in Elbow
I get a pain in my elbow when bouldering. It's a sharp pain which although fairly transient, it does prevent me from climbing as it is quite painful.
Having a look around, I assume that it's tendonitis. Is there anything preventative that I can do?
> I get a pain in my elbow when bouldering. Is there anything preventative that I can do?
> Stop climbing?
Or have a look at this:
Also look at Dave MacLeod's coaching blog for tips on managing injuries.
You'll probably need some sort of rest, but it's up to you to figure out what your body needs. You might be able to focus on slabs or balancy vertical routes dialling back the difficulty whilst your elbow recovers.
- Good rest- may need at least 6 weeks solid rest.
- Ice (wrapped in cloth) on affected area can help with pain/swelling.
- Pain killers
Hope this helps!
Hi, you don't say exactly where the pain is in your elbow, but if it's on the outside where you can feel a bony lump that the tendons originate from then it's likely to be 'tennis elbow', if its on the inside then probably 'golfer's elbow'. Through climbing you could be prone to either, this is worth a read: http://www.nicros.com/training/articles/treating-climbers-elbow/
There are other causes of elbow pain such as bursitis or tunnel syndrome, in which case if the advice given in this article and by the folk above doesn't work then it's worth heading to the doc for a physio referral. It may be that you have a specific area of muscle weakness that needs addressing. You can get elbow supports that may help things when climbing, but tbh it's better to find and treat the original cause rather than to try and mask it. Ditto the advice from others re resting it until it's better (i've got to say sensible things like that because i'm a physio, but i freely admit to never taking my own advice and to spending two years running on a dodgy knee whilst munching brufen, thus ensuring that I now have near-constant knee pain whilst on the hill - clever girl!). good luck getting it sorted :)
Is there anything preventative that I can do?
My advice would be to consult a physio who knows about climbing and climbers
and you have to see your self as healed already .Happy climbing Cheers Robert
for more info if it is a tendonitis problem
And, as always, without a proper diagnosis, seek professional help!
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