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Tennis Elbow from Knitting


Yup! I did it! I knitted myself right into tennis elbow. Apparently you or should I say I can’t knit for several hours a day every day without doing my arm some harm.

What exactly is tennis elbow you may wonder?

Tennis elbow, also know as lateral epicondylitis, is a painful condition of the elbow caused by overuse. Several other activities like knitting can also put you at risk.

Tennis elbow is an inflammation of the tendons that join the forearm muscles on the outside of the elbow. The forearm muscles and tendons become damaged from overuse — repeating the same motions again and again. This leads to pain and tenderness on the outside of the elbow.

I guess you could say it’s like tendonitis in your forearm and elbow and it is very painful. There I was traveling round the country with hubby in a big truck, occupying myself for a few hours a day knitting up socks. And then one day, bam! My arm was killing me. I tried resting it and not doing knitting or much else with it, but it did not improve.

Out here on the road there aren’t always many options, so I decided to use the internet to see what I could find out about fixing this, or at the very least making it hurt much less. I know things like this can take a long time to heal.

My first search was on youtube and I was able to find several videos by physical therapists about how to work on tennis elbow. I was able to find a massage technique here in this video and started doing the massage across my forearm to break up the tight muscle and relieve some of the pain. And I have to say this worked pretty well. It is not healed yet but it does not hurt on a daily basis near as much.

It is also being irritated my my shoulder muscles which are very tense and also found some stretching exercises that help loosen that up also.

I also found this brace that is a 2 in 1 compression ice pack that got good reviews from buyers. With the ice applied twice a day and the massages I am feeling much better. I am not back to knitting yet, but the fact that I don’t want to rip my arm off on a daily basis is an improvement.

I do miss working on my sock collection, but hope to be able to get back to that soon. If you have tennis elbow, check out youtube and hopefully you can find some approaches that work for you.