Working with Elbow Pain

Guest contributor:  Brian Reddy, Escondido Personal Trainer.

Excerpts from the full article have been approved to share on this blog by the original writer.

Ok fellow Ninja athletes’, I can’t be the only one that has had inside or medial pain of the elbow.  Sometimes it is strictly overuse, other times it can be poor form or compromised form from injury or compensation.  Let’s say for a minute that it is not any of this; what if it’s that your wrist and finger flexors are stronger from all the climbing and holding; and the lack of strengthening the wrist and finger extensors is the actual problem.

Below is an excellent article that covers this and it is much better than me re-writing it.  I have found it most useful in combating that burning, sharp pain that hits the inside of my elbow.

“Unlike most of the posts on this site the following pertains more to athletes than your everyday person. Specifically those who throw a lot e.g. baseball players, dodgeball players (had to throw that in there) and those who get inner elbow pain when lifting.

That’s not to say the information isn’t applicable to everyday people. For example, I’ve seen medial epicondylitis in a person who took a lot of blood pressure readings for work due to grabbing the blood pressure pump all day. However, I see tennis elbow much more often in everyday people and golfer’s elbow in the athletic oriented.


Typically the cause of medial (inner) elbow pain is grabbing more with the hand/wrist than extending the hand/wrist. The wrist flexors and finger flexors become much stronger than the wrist extensors and finger extensors. If you’re wondering flexors are on the front of the forearm, palm up side, and extensors are on the back of the forearm. In other words, if you’re looking at your palm you’re looking at the side of the flexors; if you’re looking at the back of your hand you’re looking at the extensors.

Lengthen the flexors, strengthen the extensors, and the golfer’s elbow pain typically clears up pretty easily.

I’ve been making a point that the finger flexors are also overworked because I often see people stretching the wrist flexors and not the finger.”

The rest of this article can be found right here.

And some additional articles regarding and related to this same topic are here.

Please read them and review the illustrations and videos for helpful information.


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