Medial Epicondylitis - The Frustrating Elbow Pain That Keeps You From Enjoying Austin Rock Climbing.
So you’ve been rock climbing 2-3 times per week and start to notice some tightness at the inside of your elbow.
You think, “No big deal, it’ll probably go away after a night’s rest.”
You continue climbing on it, as you normally would, when you notice the tightness at the inside of your elbow turns into a small ache.
“Hmm this isn’t normal, but nothing rest and ice can’t fix.”
You keep climbing on it, this time however, the small ache turns into something more of a throbbing ache.
“Wow it hurts to just wash my hair, wash my face, and even sometimes when I brush my teeth.”
You get invited to climb outside on a weekend when the weather is great. Great weather on the weekends has been rare, so you ignore the elbow pain you’ve been feeling and #optoutside.
You find yourself on a route fighting through the crux to clip the chains. Your friends are cheering you on as if you could qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics if you Just. Get. This. Finish.
Your arms are pumped, but the psyche is high, and when you’re finally within reaching distance of the chains you feel the culmination of all the warning signs your body has been trying to tell you. Now your elbow pain is throwing a wobbler1 and your forearm muscles explode.
Can you relate to this story? You might have a maddening case of Medial Epicondylitis. Stay tuned to learn more about this frustrating condition that often sucks the joy out of rock climbing.
Health is Wealth,
Dr. Q PT, DPT, FAFS
Perspective Physical Therapy
Throwing a Wobbler1 – When a climber fails to send a climb and throws a temper tantrum. If you’re the climber, you’re “blowing off steam.” If you’re a bystander, it feels like you just watched a kid get spanked in public. You’ve always suspected that this probably happens, but to see it in a public space is somewhat alarming.