Elbow Weakness

April 23rd, 2018 by LOC Team

If you overuse the tendons near the elbow joint, this can overload the tissues, primarily at where the tendons connect to the bone. If this overload happens, it can cause elbow weakness and pain around the elbow. You may feel this weakness when you are using your hand or wrist. Depending on the severity and location of the elbow injury, a full recovery from elbow weakness can take months.

The most common causes of elbow weakness are conditions known as tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow. Despite their names, these conditions can occur due to a range of physical activities and are not only present in people who enjoy tennis and golf. Swimming, hockey, weightlifting, repetitive work and everyday activities can all cause the elbow conditions above.

If you have elbow weakness, it is important that you let your doctor know the type of daily activities and sports that you do. One way of treating elbow weakness is to limit the amount of exposure a patient has to an activity that caused the weakness in the first place.

Other symptoms

Although elbow weakness is probably the most noticeable symptom of your elbow condition, there are other symptoms too. Each symptom found in the elbow can give clues to underlying conditions causing all the symptoms. So, when you see a doctor about your elbow weakness, tell them about every symptom you have noticed. Whether that symptom is still present or extremely minor, tell them. It can help us narrow down the search for the condition causing your elbow weakness and get you back to full health quicker.

Some other symptoms of elbow conditions include:

  • Pain – this pain may be a dull ache when resting, it may be present when making a fist (golfer’s elbow) or opening your fingers (tennis elbow)
  • Soreness around the elbow
  • Weakness and pain when trying to grip an object, particularly when the arm is stretched out
  • A weak grip

Causes of elbow weakness

Elbow weakness is caused by a number of medical conditions and circumstances that can be easily resolved. Some of these non-medical causes include:

  • A lack of strength in the forearm muscles
  • A lack of strength in the shoulder muscles
  • Instability in the elbow joint
  • A poor technique during certain sports
  • Inappropriate sporting equipment
  • Continuously making joints and muscles take heavy loads
  • Repetitive movements of the arms and hands
  • Nerve irritation due to a herniated disc in the neck or back

The medical conditions that cause elbow weakness include:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Ligament Sprains
  • Bursitis
  • Trapped Nerves
  • Referred pain – these are injuries to the spinal bones that press on the nerves in your spine and cause conditions like elbow weakness and sciatica.
  • Bone fractures

Treatment for elbow weakness

With so many conditions and circumstances that cause elbow weakness, you won’t be surprised to know that there are a lot of treatments for elbow weakness too. Some of the treatments available for elbow weakness include:

  • Acupuncture
  • Soft tissue massage
  • Exercises given to you by a physiotherapist
  • Bracing or taping the elbow
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Surgery – in rare cases of elbow weakness, surgery may be needed to correct the elbow condition causing your symptoms.

If you have elbow weakness and would like us to diagnose and treat it, please get in touch. To find out more about the elbow conditions mentioned here, please explore our website further.