Elbow pain is one of the most common joint issues when it comes to lifting weights. I’ve had it plenty of times and I’m guessing you have it or have had it too. When you think of what the cause of this may be you are probably thinking about the motion and angle of the elbow joint that is experiencing pain, right? That only makes sense. However elbow pain from lifting might coming from elsewhere.
So What Is Causing This Pain?
The wrists. Yes the wrists. I see it all the time and I have also experienced this. What happens is that when people are performing lifts, heavy ones in particular, it can be difficult to keep the wrists straight. The wrists bend (back usually) and this creates a problem. The weight is then off balance and off center with the forearm and because of this it creates a twisting force or torque. This adds unnecessary torque to your elbow joint.
I had been experiencing elbow pain in my right elbow for years when I first started lifting. I always knew that my right wrist would bend back naturally during heavy pressing movements but I never thought that it was the problem. Upon fixing my form and keeping my wrists straight my elbow pain was gone within 2-3 weeks.
How Did I Fix This?
You can fix this problem by simply backing off the heavy weight for a while and focusing on form. Build your wrist strength up until you can eventually go as heavy as you want to without your wrists giving way.
However, I used wrist wraps instead. All wrist wraps do is wrap around your wrist and provide pressure and support. They keep your wrists straight instantly upon wrapping. With wrist straps you don’t have to back off the heavy weight. Just start wearing wrist straps.
Give It a Try
There are many reasons why you could be experiencing elbow pain and this is just one. I’m not saying that this is the reason but I am saying I have seen it be the reason for me and many others.
The great thing is that it is such a simple fix. Just fix your form. Get a pair of wrist wraps or back off the heavy weight for a while. Keep your wrists straight in order to keep unwanted torque off the elbow joint.
If this is in fact the problem you have then you should start to see a difference within a matter of weeks of fixing your form.
Supplement Your Recovery
If you want to aid your joint recovery and accelerate it then you should look into Cissus quadrangularis. I am a strong advocate of Cissus, as it has proven helpful to me. Cissus is a plant has scientifically proven bone and joint strengthening properties. It also has been proven to accelerate recovery time in bone injuries such as fractures. It is commonly supplemented in pill or capsule form. For more information read this post on Cissus quadrangularis.