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tennis elbow

Post by Hebrew Hammer » Fri Dec 21, 2018 3:51 pm

I had developed stubborn, painful tennis elbow. I tired physical therapy with electrophoresis, with no relief. I then had an ultrasound-guided steroid injection into the joint with no relief. Finally went to a hand specialist. He inserted a needle filled with mostly lidocaine right on the bone hinge where the muscles attach, which is the sore spot. Quite painful, but it numbs up in a minute or so. He then used the needle to poke away at the connection point to break it up. Today I woke up with only minimal pain for the first time in probably close to a year.
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Re: tennis elbow

Post by Really Big Strong Guy » Fri Dec 21, 2018 3:59 pm

ouch! The thought of breaking up scar tissue with a needle........ :axe:

Sounds like you had a chronic case of it? What do you think brought that on? Had you done any recuperative methods on the flexors in your forearm? I have battled it myself because of my sport (repetitive event training), and what I have found is that slow deliberate grip work and forearm workouts that were based upon blood flow (high reps) really lessened the issue over time. Normally, it's caused by something being weaker below or above the actual elbow. Sorting out which is the culprit takes time; for me, it was always below, never above.

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Re: tennis elbow

Post by johno » Fri Dec 21, 2018 6:16 pm

HH, glad you got some relief. If the problem returns, you might experiment with a Theraband Flexbar. It has helped me with both Golfer's & Tennis Elbow. There are several YouTube instructionals on technique.
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Re: tennis elbow

Post by Hebrew Hammer » Fri Dec 21, 2018 9:30 pm

Really Big Strong Guy wrote:
Fri Dec 21, 2018 3:59 pm
ouch! The thought of breaking up scar tissue with a needle........ :axe:

Sounds like you had a chronic case of it? What do you think brought that on? Had you done any recuperative methods on the flexors in your forearm? I have battled it myself because of my sport (repetitive event training), and what I have found is that slow deliberate grip work and forearm workouts that were based upon blood flow (high reps) really lessened the issue over time. Normally, it's caused by something being weaker below or above the actual elbow. Sorting out which is the culprit takes time; for me, it was always below, never above.

Good luck.
I first screwed up my elbows when I decided it would be fun to try to compete in KB snatching. Ultimately had to stop because elbows became chronically inflamed. Then it comes and goes. Got much worse when I started to do high - repetitive movements as part of workouts. Then it just wouldn't improve, and typing (which I do all the time) continued to aggravate it.

The needle was quite painful for about 60 seconds (or that's how long it seemed) and then it became numb, like the feel of a drill on your teeth once the novocaine kicks in.
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Re: tennis elbow

Post by Yogalete » Sat Dec 22, 2018 12:45 pm

johno wrote:
Fri Dec 21, 2018 6:16 pm
HH, glad you got some relief. If the problem returns, you might experiment with a Theraband Flexbar. It has helped me with both Golfer's & Tennis Elbow. There are several YouTube instructionals on technique.
As a tennis player who has battled TE many times over the years, I second the above. Tyler Twists, negative accentuated wrist curls, stretching, massage, hanging from a bar all help, but above all, don't exacerbate the problem by continuing to do the things that brought it on until you have it under control. Once it is entrenched, it is a bear to get rid of.

Mine was tennis specific, so the gear (strings, frame) I used was a factor as well as technique. I would look at the root cause (technique, movements you are doing, modality, volume) of YOUR specific problem and address them.

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Re: tennis elbow

Post by JimZipCode » Sat Dec 22, 2018 5:32 pm

"Judo elbow" presented (to me) as simultaneous Tennis Elbow and Golf Elbow. Inside and out, you get it both ways!

Taking ~three months off resolved it. Other things helped: forearm stretching, finger extensor work. Practicing piano for short stretches seemed beneficial, which was interesting, but I never tested it "systematically".

Extended time off made me forget I ever had it. Which was wonderful. Guess it was "mild".
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Re: tennis elbow

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