Advice on dealing with inner elbow pain/golf elbow?

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    Advice on dealing with inner elbow pain/golf elbow?

    Hi everyone.

    I have been dealing with sharp inner elbow pain for quite some time now lifting weights. It started inner left elbow now my right inner elbow is starting to hurt as well as the right forearm. I have been lifting since I was 16 so I know that there are alot of soreness and sharp pains involved but I am old AF now. Pain is only when I am pushing away from my body or curling up. Both dumbbell/barbells. I am lifting heavy. Went to see a doctor and they want me to do worthless physical therapy(variety of stretches, exercises with bands etc). Waste of my time basically. I asked for cortisone/painkiller shot and they said no.

    I have been using ice bag at home intermittently(no improvement). I also took a week off(no improvement). Took another week off(no improvement). Afraid to take two weeks or longer off for fear of losing my gains.

    Any advice on this would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

    #2
    manuwugo I had the same problem doing pull-ups. In the end, I was unable to lift even a bottle of water. The only effective intervention to recover was to stop doing pull-ups for 6 weeks (yes, that sucks...) substituting them with alternative workouts to keep somehow fit the muscles involved in those movements.
    It worked very well, I gradually and carefully resumed doing pull-ups and I am currently half way at the maximum number of reps I was when I stopped. I am sure that in three or four weeks I will reach my previous level of fitness again.
    Unfortunately, nothing will help you getting rid of inner elbow pain, apart resting. Physiotherapy will definitely help, even if you are skeptical. Medicated creams/lotions are worthless, as well as ice packs or compression braces (believe it or not, some warm and moist packing can decrease pain). The doctor gave you a sound advice, local injection of cortisone will create a fibrosis as a side effect, and painkillers are not indicated.
    Listen to your body, and be patient (no pun intended...)

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      #3
      Give it rest and will take over a year to get good again, there's no quick magic cure. Change what your doing.

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        #4
        I had it from climbing/bouldering/pullups/riding the bike and did not want to rest until "I had to" rest... almost did no pullups for half a year or even more, started slowly again, worked on rotational stretches of the forearm and different forearm exercises... mostly on antagonists, to balance out the workload... it is a long healing process, and there is a thin line between needed workload and destructive load... be patient and try out what works for you... a lot of areas can cause imbalance in the elbow joint ... forearms, shoulder, chest, back, neck, biceps/triceps...

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          #5
          For anyone who uses his forearms heavily should really stretch and massage his forearms muscles more frequently, and strengthen them.

          I don't think those are worthless advice. It's not working because you are not doing enough. If you massage your muscles and get lots of soreness then it means that's what exactly you should do.

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