Elbow joint injury

Discussion in 'Standup Technique' started by Cardio, Sep 4, 2005.

  1. Cardio

    Cardio Blue Belt

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    I've been getting back into shape for the past 9 months or so, and have recently developed a sharp pain in my elbow that only lets me throw punches at around 60% of my total power. I cannot curl much weight due to this pain either.

    Shadow boxing today I noticed that even my form is different because of this pain. Even though my punches were hard, they did not look the way that they used to.

    The elbow started hurting after one strenous chinup workout, and I always try to give it 2 weeks or so to heal, but now after tricep-iso pushouts, the bows are just hurting again. Its very hard for me to abstain from working out or throwing hard punches for even one week, two is worse, and I don't want to miss weekly BJJ classes even with the frequent armbars.

    Any tips, advice or anything would be appreciated.
     
  2. KungFuPenguin

    KungFuPenguin White Belt

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    i got my elbow popped pretty bad by an armbar and i could not throw any decent crosses for a while either..around 2 months i would say ..i couldn't stop training either so it took it's been probably 4 months now and it still gets sore....i can't straighten my arm completely still without some discomfort. I would say just ice it down at some point work on your technique with the punch in that arm instead of throwing it hard even at 60%....it worked for me a bit..hope that helps
     
  3. jiujitsujayhawk

    jiujitsujayhawk Yellow Belt

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    Is it the joint or the ligament? I had a ligament injury and it's still not the same.
     
  4. aaron_mag

    aaron_mag Purple Belt

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    I'm guessing that you've recently started BJJ, correct? I had bad elbow pain from getting armbarred when I first started Sambo. And it never seemed to get better.

    But it will. You'll get to a point where you won't get armbarred as much and, when someone does have an armbar, you'll recognize the lost cause much sooner and tap before your elbow gets strained.
     
  5. chance031977

    chance031977 White Belt

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    i've had the same problem before. about a year ago i was sparring with a friend and i threw a right straight. he slipped the punch and stood up (he's taller than me) well my arm locked out right when he stood up and i hyperextended my right elbow. i used the R.I.C.E. treatment for it. Rest Ice Compression Elevate. its still not 100%. feels like a pinched nerve now but thats only if i extend my right punch too far.
     
  6. pussy

    pussy White Belt

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    your probably suffering form tendonitis.. commonly called tennis elbow.. a common over use injury.. i have the same problem right now.. ive hade it for almost 3 months now.. the only way to handle it is to let it heal up on its own.. i hear a cortizone shot will help but only for about 6 weeks..
     
  7. 2om30

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    I've been out a month already from BJJ cause of a sore left elbow.......... can't fully extend my arm. I'm afraid to throw a jab. I'm just letting it rest .....don't know what else to do. (too lazy to go to a doctor.)
     
  8. TapDG

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    Id say Tennis Elbow
     
  9. 2om30

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    Any suggestions on how to avoid this (besides getting arm barred).....anybody taken supplements to help with joint pain?
     
  10. TapDG

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    Water bro..LOTS of water..at least a gallon a day helps with joint flexibility and pain
     
  11. 2om30

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    wow a gallon?....well it's worth a try. Hope I don't drown...what about glucosamine (sp?)
     
  12. TapDG

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    yea..youll be peeing all day but just buy a gallon in the morning and just sip it all day..dont try to pound it down..I used to have issues with my knees doing Muay Thai..I upped my hydration and it did wonders.
     
  13. aries

    aries Silver Belt

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    If you have the same problem as me then its a bruised bursae and pinched tendons caused by hyperextension of the elbow. The best way to correct this after rest (rice) is to strengthen the antagonist muscles in this case the biceps and lats. This will aid in preventing hyperextension of the arm. Obviously not much you can do against an armbar at that is the intent.
    The other thing you can do is to gradually build up the lost range of motion. This is what my physio had me do. Prop the elbow against the edge of the table and apply light pressure until it just starts to twinge. Hold for 30 secs and release. Now fully flex the elbow and apply light pressure again for thirty. Do this both ways three times. Do this every other day until most of the rom is restored.
    When punching you may have to change your punching mechanics. i.e. when throwing straights allow a slight bend in the elbow and 'loop' the shot slightly. This will reduce chances of hyperextending your elbow.
     
  14. pussy

    pussy White Belt

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    personel opnion here. DONT change punching mechanics if there done correctly.. i dont think his prob stems from bjj but from boxing.. he might be hyper extending and that could cause or aggrivate the tendonitis.. if hes hyper extending theres a fundamental problem.. footwork.. need to get close to the bag (opponent) before you kill it.. in my case its not a fundamentals prob but an over use prob.. in his case its to much to fast or improper tech..
     
  15. Chthon

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    Go see a doctor. I can't emphasize that enough.
     
  16. Sohei

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    If yore doing jujitsu/MMA you should be taking that in megadoses daily.
     
  17. aries

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    Only reason I say that is because I have seen a number of professional boxers who have had hyperextension problems and the only way they could sort the problem was to change the way they punch. An example being Richie Woodhall ex-WBC, WBO Supermiddleweight champ.
     
  18. pussy

    pussy White Belt

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    10-4 aries, i see where where your coming from.. there is a high probability its a an overuse or technique injury.. i think were on the same page though.. guess he needs (or a pro) to evaluate the situation.. as always aries, i look forward to your opinions and professionalism.. thx
     
  19. knuckleball

    knuckleball Banned Banned

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    Wow, reading these old forums makes this website so worthwhile. Yeahy for the search funtion. This is what i have, and just saved a lot of time reading this, instead of posting about my ailment...yeahy, sherdog!
     

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