Bilateral Elbow Pain Question, holding a child and working out
(Wantagh NY 11793)
Hi, I began noticing pain in both my elbows about 4 weeks ago.
It hurt the most while holding my 1 year old son, (arms bent "cradling" him toward my chest).
I'm an avid weight trainer, and I've been training very hard lately doing daily pushups after every workout, and incorporating different movements like "punching dumbells" (just what it says it is, punching motion while holding 10 lb weights).
I can only guess that I'm doing something to iritate my elbows in the gym since it hurts in both of them. I feel it right on the elbow itself and in the typical tennis elbow area.
I came across your site on Sunday and have been doing the iceing and hammer time. I also stopped lifting for 2 weeks before I saw your site to "rest" my arms.
After 3 days my elbows felt MUCH better! Thank you!.
Now here's my question, I went back to the gym to do some light training because I felt so good, nothing hurt at all during my workout, (was very happy!) But then hours later my elbows started to hurt again, felt it while driving the car.
Should I stop training altogether until I complete the 7 day cycle or can I continue to lightly train while continuing the ice and hammertime?
I can't tell exactly what excercises are doing the damage because it doesn't hurt when I'm lifting!
Thank you so much, Gary
Maybe a specific exercise is hurting you.
More likely, you've been active a long time and you've been slowly developing a Tendonitis
dynamic, or a Pain Causing Dynamic
, depending on how you want to think about it.
Things get tight, you likely don't stretch enough, and then the structure is just waiting to hurt, and something as simple has holding a child for a while can strain it enough to push you
over the edge.
In answer to your question, it's not really cut and dry.
You could take the 7 days off the workout and invest that time in self care, which would be a great option, only because you wouldn't be doing anything to cause irritation to the dynamic.
Rest isn't beneficial, removing irritating factors is. It's an important distinction.
You could do light or hard workouts. Just take into account any irritation you are adding in. Which means you will want to ice more to counter that extra irritation.
More irritation = more icing to counter.
I'm not necessarily a fan of working out or not while icing to get out of pain.
It's just a matter of the ratio between how much pain you're in, how much you need to ice to reverse the pain levels, and how much extra you need to ice to counter working out.
That's the complicated answer.
If you want a simple answer, or just like being told what to do :), here's the short answer:
Take the week off form working out and ice like crazy.
Consider it interval training, giving your body recuperative rest, such that when you start working out again it will be a shock to the body and will increase your gains.
That was kind of long winded. Make sense?
More questions, more answers.
Joshua Tucker, B.A., C.M.T.
The Tendonitis Expertwww.TendonitisExpert.com