8 Tips for a Pain-Free Elbow - Quick Fixes for Strains or Sprains

By Jonathan Roseland

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You never knew how important your elbow was to life until you messed it up, right?

Elbows often don’t get the respect and care that they deserve as a joint upon which so much that we do hinges.

The bad news is that elbow injury can be a vicious cycle of re-injury and deterioration lasting years or even decades. A slightly bothersome elbow micro-injury can be exasperated and develop into a costly full-blown injury. The mainstream advice and approach to elbow injury often make it worse, and the conventional wisdom of resting and immobilizing the elbow is counter-intuitive.

When you complain about your elbow issues to your doctor they will not hesitate to prescribe you drugs, send you to physical therapy, or book you for surgery but some low-hanging fruit solutions are well worth trying first. Whether your elbow is achy, strained, or sprained from pushing it a bit too hard in the gym, a bike crash, or a foolish attempt at breakdancing the following tips will give you pain relief and shortcut recovery from tennis elbow.

To Immobilize or Not to Immobilize

Immobilized elbow

The typical response to elbow injury is to rest, immobilize the elbow, and take time off from playing tennis, training, or weight lifting. This often doesn’t help much. Your elbow and tendons need a modicum of action and stimulation to heal. Using an elbow strap or brace is a low-tech measure used since time immemorial to alleviate ailing elbows. You can wrap your troubled elbow to pad the painful spot and stay active.
As a rule of thumb, if playing sports or continuing training is painful, take a break.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture

Next, a wuwu measure (that’s not actually wuwu) which world-class athletes and powerlifters swear by. There’s reason to believe that an acupuncture session could help, at least with the pain, unlike the mainstream approach to elbow injury there’s no downside to acupuncture and it’s quite affordable compared to surgery.

Self-Massage

Allen Willette podcastThe Tennis Elbow guru and physical therapist, Allen Willette enthusiastically advocates self-administered manual therapy. Massage stimulates the tendons to heal, any massage is good, but there are two notable methods...

YouTube is your friend here, repeatedly watch the techniques demonstrated and spend a few minutes daily doing self-massage.

Let Inflammation Do Its Thing

Inflammation

The mainstream approach to elbow injury is attacking inflammation but this is often misguided. Tendons need inflammation to heal, they need extra blood flow, this is why cryotherapy, cold therapy, or icing your elbow may actually be counter-intuitive. For the same reason taking a bunch of anti-inflammatory supplements or herbs may not be best.

Avoid Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)

Repetitive Strain Injury

Many of us now spend the majority of our days using computers and technology in very repetitive motions, this can result in classic carpal tunnel, nascent tendonitis, gamer’s wrist, or even selfie elbow. Try to change things up...

  • Move your mouse over to the other side of the computer and use your non-dominant hand.
  • If you spend a lot of time writing, try using dictation software to give your hands a break from making thousands of keystrokes a day.
  • Maybe pick up a habit that doesn’t involve so much damn clicking and swiping.

Stay AWAY from Steroids

Cortisone shots

Probably the most problematic way to address elbow injury is the injection of exogenous steroids. Cortisone shots, especially are bad news that are well-demonstrated to cause weakened tendons in the long term.

Supplement the Building Blocks

Building Blocks

Vitamin C, Vitamin D, clean fish oil and collagen supplements provide the molecular building blocks that your body needs to rebuild tissue and connective tissue for recovery.

BPC-157 - The Wolverine Drug for Rapid Healing

Disclaimer: BPC-157 is not actually a drug, it’s a synthetic peptide, derived from peptides secreted by the gut that’s a game-changer for healing. It works so quickly and consistently that bodybuilders have come to call it the Wolverine Drug referring to Wolverine’s capacity in the X-Men movies for rapid self-healing.

Try capsuled BPC-157

Around the internet, you’ll find BPC-157 sold as an injectable peptide. This involves using a needle and going through the tricky process of mixing the powdered peptides in bacteriostatic water very carefully to avoid compromising the very molecularly fragile peptides. When buying peptides online you also have to be wary about Chinese-sourced peptides, which are sometimes not the real thing. Several clinical studies including one published in the Journal of Orthopaedic Research demonstrated that oral BPC-157 is likely equally effective as injection.

What athletes are saying about BPC-157...

Eric R

“I went to my ortho after 2 weeks of severe rotator cuff tendinitis on both shoulders as well as a touch of tennis elbow and wrist tendonitis... Within 24 hours of the first injections, I started to feel an appreciable reduction in pain, but I still had a way to go. For that first week, day after day my pain level went down and my strength and my range of motion improved to the point now 8 days later where I am at 100% with zero pain and I actually now have better range of motion than I’ve had in both shoulders in the past decade.”

Bekim a Green Belt

“I used BPC 157 [for tendonitis], had it in both elbows from Thai Boxing over the years. It worked very well... even cleared up an issue with my knee.”

John Juan

“I've used BPC-157 to heal persistent elbow tendonitis, and several minor muscle tears. 250mcg injected daily at the site of injury is very effective. BPC-157 produced much faster healing results than TB-500. Both are excellent antinflammatory peptides, and both work systemically in higher doses, but with localized injections, BPC-157 is very effective at low doses.”

Ben Greenfield

“I initially began to use BPC-157 for golfer's elbow (inner elbow pain also known as “climber's elbow” or “medial epicondylitis), and I personally, based on the majority of the research studies in humans, settled upon a self-administered subcutaneous BPC-157 injection of 250mcg in my left elbow on one day, then 250mcg in my right elbow the next day, for a total of two weeks. At this point, my elbow pain had completely disappeared, so I stopped.”

Russell Symes

"I'm a skeptical person when it comes to alternative meds and stuff. I train in boxing and had injured my knee. I didn’t want to quit training to let my knee heal so I tried BPC 157. Literally, in 3 days the pain was gone from the day I started taking it. This had been an ongoing injury and I had felt the pain for 3 weeks. BPC-157 healed it in 3 days."

Noah

“I’m running my third week of BPC for severe tennis elbow on both sides and it’s really worked great.”

Siveshen

“Hi... just wanted to say thanks for introducing me to BPC. It has completely healed my shoulder injury and is healing my golfer’s elbow and torn knee ligaments.”

Originally published on InfiniteAgeCo.com

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