Don’t Let Elbow Arthritis Keep You Sidelined!
Arthritis in the Elbow
Elbow Arthritis is the inflammation or irritation of the elbow joint and is usually accompanied by tenderness to the touch and painful movement. The elbow tends to hurt when we flex or straighten the elbow as the whole joint socket is affected. As we age (particularly 40+), our tissues and bodily structures (especially joints) tend to repair themselves at a slower level and depending on our lifestyle and diet, may not repair themselves adequately – the result is arthritis and in this case Elbow Joint Arthritis.
It appears that the most common cause of elbow arthritis is actually Rheumatoid Arthritis followed by Osteoarthritis and other general inflammatory conditions of the Elbow. However, Osteoarthritis is common among people who are athletes (whether professional, hobby or even weekend warriors) and those who perform repetitive movements that cause excessive bending of the elbow joint.
What Causes Tennis Elbow Pain?
Elbow Arthritis is believed to be caused by performing excessive repetitive type movements, particularly when bending or straightening the elbow joint with weight attached, as in bodybuilding exercises with excessive weight or improper form. For instance, a person playing tennis or washing cars for a living may eventually develop that type of irritation of the joint socket because of the repetitive movements over the same joint socket. That’s why it’s typically referred to as “Tennis Elbow.”
It can also be caused by a fall or hitting it against a hard object resulting in an elbow injury. This injury or trauma to the elbow joint socket causes too much pressure on the joint socket at one time, irritating and inflaming the elbow. There can be sharp or throbbing pain in either or both elbows and you may even have trouble sleeping if you tend to move around a lot when you sleep.
Best Natural Arthritis Treatment for Tennis Elbow
There is no magic bullet when it comes to treating arthritis. There are some things you can do right now that will help you heal from elbow arthritis. Here are the top natural treatments and remedies that work well together to completely relieve your arthritis pain and get you back to doing what you love most:
- Evaluate when you first notice it, and if you are using a repetitive motion, try to adjust the angle or your activity, or stop, rest and massage the affected elbow.
- Strengthen the muscles around the elbow joint (do some basic dumbbell curls or get a non-impact joint friendly home gym as exercise is extremely important to keeping your joint fluid and not stiffened and painful)
- Get a Far Infrared Heating Pad, and drape it over your elbow. This allows your muscles and connective tissues to relax and reduces inflammation and pain.
- Begin incorporating an arthritis diet, and cut back on the items that cause inflammation and pain
- Add warming spices (anti-inflammatories) to your meals if you enjoy them (curry, turmeric, ginger, garlic, cayenne)
- Drink plenty of fluids, particularly Ionic Water (removing acidity from the joints is extremely important and hydrating the joint keeps it operating smoothly and fluidly)
- Try topical Rub-On Relief for temporary relief (provides temporary acute pain relief while recovering)
- Take Marquee Mobility which is a specifically for this type of wear and tear arthritis
- If you’ve been diagnosed with a rheumatic arthritis then use Rhumatol which works really well with this arthritis type
- Include joint cushioning Omega-3 oils (natural inflammation reducer too)
- If this is a chronic problem, then consider trying EFT Therapy (this is a natural energy approach that is based upon acupuncture, but without the pain or needles)
If you do these things you’ll discover that your elbow arthritis pain will be gone, along with the symptoms. True healing can happen when you take the appropriate steps (not the common steps) and be good to your body.