I've been climbing 1-2 times / week (usually once) for about a month. After each time I climb, I feel joint pain in my elbows. From my understanding, this is likely Tennis Elbow.

Slowly but surely, the pain seems to be becoming less intense, and also last a bit shorter each time I climb. My question is, how long does it generally take to stop feeling elbow pain altogether after a climb? I am aware that there are mitigating techniques for alleviating joint pain as mentioned in this question: What can I do to help relieve joint pain in fingers after climbing?. My question, however, is related to how long it generally takes to feel no elbow pain for someone who is climbing 1-2 times / week.

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    This is not answerable in general, as both developing elbow pain from climbing as well as recovering from it is an individual thing. However I think it is save to say that you should change your climbing routine if you always experience pain - lower the intensity, i.e. less steep and easier grades.
    – imsodin
    Aug 15 '17 at 7:50
  • You need to talk to a physiotherapist for this, not opinions on the internet.
    – Separatrix
    Aug 15 '17 at 9:27
  • @Separatrix Maybe I have, and I just wanted to hear other peoples' opinions as well...
    – DIMMSum
    Aug 15 '17 at 15:45
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    make sure you properly warm up before you start climbing. rotate your elbows, and start with very easy climbs, to avoid pulling on your tendons cold. I usually only get painful elbows when I skimp on the warmup time
    – njzk2
    Aug 22 '17 at 4:39