Elbow Pain and Crossfit

You’ve probably realized (or are in the process of realizing) that any part of the body can come under some serious strain in the box, especially if form is bad and flexibility is poor. The elbows are no exception to this rule. In fact elbow tendonitis is a very common ailment that affects a lot of people – not just CrossFitters (although it’s very common amongst box-goers). In fact, the nagging pain from elbow tendonitis is more commonly known as tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis, sharp pain at the outside aspect of the elbow over the bone), which is ironic given that fewer than 5% of patients with this condition actually play tennis.

Common symptoms include:

  • Recurring pain on the outside of your upper forearm, just below the bend of the elbow, is the most frequent sign of the injury.
  • Pain may also be felt down your arm towards the wrist.
  • Feeling pain when lifting or bending the arm.
  • Pain when performing basic actions such writing, or when gripping small objects like a pen is also a possible symptom.
  • Pain when twisting your forearm – for example, when turning a door handle also can be lateral epicondylitis, or difficulty extending your forearm fully.
  • Pain can last from anywhere between 3-12 weeks.

How can I treat it?

If you are having consistent pain, physician and physical therapy services are available specifically for crossfitters. Centex Rehabilitation and Dr. Ryan Fowler are teaming up to treat athletes who are suffering from any pain or injuries. Help is available at the Crossfit Centex box in Belton. If you have any questions speak with your coach or call 254-630-1186. Insurance is accepted and self-pay rates are available.

Jason Miller