CrossFit Discussion Board  

Go Back   CrossFit Discussion Board > In Sickness and In Health > Injuries
CrossFit Home Forum Site Rules CrossFit FAQ Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Injuries Chronic & Acute

Thread Tools
Old 01-13-2009, 02:22 PM   #1
Joe Stricklin
Member Joe Stricklin is offline
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Greenville  Georgia
Posts: 3
Severe Elbow Pain

Severe pain (Tennis elbow?) from doing this workout.

Is it because of a weak grip or what?

Any suggestions on rest or improving to avoid the pain?

Complete as many rounds as possible 20 minutes of:
95 pound Thruster, 5 reps
95 pound Hang Powercleans, 7 reps
95 pound Sumo Deadlift High-pull, 10 reps
  Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2009, 07:36 AM   #2
Joseph Gammon
Member Joseph Gammon is offline
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Raleigh  NC
Posts: 40
Re: Severe Elbow Pain

Hey - I don't know if it is the same or not, but my pain was on the inside of the elbow - like a ligament or something. After giving it a weeks rest and then trying again, it still hurt. I tried to work through it over 30 days or so, but the pain never went away. I finally went to the docs and they said it was probably just severely inflamed. I tried advil three times a day for 10 days...didn't work, so they put me on a prednisone pack for 14 days. It has only been four days - no upper body activity whatsoever, and so far so good. I wish I had gone to the docs sooner...hopefully this will help.
  Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2009, 08:15 AM   #3
Camille Lore
Posts: n/a
Re: Severe Elbow Pain

You probably have elbow tendinitis. Lots of advice here on that if you search.
I struggle with it for months until I did the following:
Rest my grip
Massage with ice cubes directly on skin
Massage hard with a golf ball and tennis ball (triceps and forearm)
"Climber's stretches" -google them

Good luck. Advil did nothing. Aleve is better, but didn't help much.
  Reply With Quote
Old 01-15-2009, 05:51 PM   #4
Steven Low
Member Steven Low is offline
Steven Low's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: silver spring  maryland
Posts: 12,221
Re: Severe Elbow Pain

Generally, if you're getting elbow pain with Oly lifts or similar you're bending your arms too early in the lifts which puts tons of stress on the elbows. Check your form as well.

Stretch it, ice it, massage it, rest it, etc.
Posts are NOT medical, training, nutrition info
Bodyweight Article, Overcoming Gravity Book
  Reply With Quote
Old 01-15-2009, 06:45 PM   #5
Camille Lore
Posts: n/a
Re: Severe Elbow Pain

Good to know.
  Reply With Quote
Old 01-15-2009, 09:14 PM   #6
Dave Matteson
Member Dave Matteson is offline
Dave Matteson's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Pittsburgh  PA
Posts: 251
Re: Severe Elbow Pain

Google medial epicondylitis (golfer's elbow) or lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow). One or both are likely what you're experiencing.

Steven and Camille are right to point out that the best at-home treatment for either is REST, ice, massage, and gentle stretching. Anti-inflammatory doses of NSAIDs (e.g. Ibuprofen 600mg every six hours) for a week will speed recovery, but don't take any OTC drug for more than a few days without talking to your doctor. If you're interested in some homeopathic medicine, I've used Traumeel ointment (recommended by Garrett Smith) for a similar problem with great success in the past.

Depending on the severity, your age, your normal recovery time, etc. this can take a couple weeks up to a couple months to fully heal.

Once healed, practice your form to reduce the chances of this happening again. I've found that muscle ups, cleans, and anything involving a front rack are the worst culprits.
My medically-related posts are not medical advice or treatment. Always consult your physician for that information.
  Reply With Quote

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Elbow pain (golfers elbow??) Sean Peters Injuries 8 05-15-2013 06:16 AM
Help: suffering great pain from Elbow/Triceps/tendon pain Ryan Whitenack Injuries 7 11-09-2008 07:43 PM
Severe Ankle Pain w/ Running Jake Di Vita Injuries 4 05-09-2008 08:05 AM
Elbow Pain Gary Wetherholt Injuries 12 02-05-2006 11:26 AM
Elbow pain Jared Renfroe Injuries 3 03-23-2005 02:04 PM

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 05:51 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
CrossFit is a registered trademark of CrossFit Inc.