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Tennis/golfers/surfers elbow?

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Created by damned67 9 months ago, 14 Jan 2018
damned67
95 posts
14 Jan 2018 1:47PM
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who's had it, and what was the best treatment?

Last few weeks, I've developed a (slowly getting worse) pain on the inside of my elbow. Nearly crippled me getting the baby capsule out of the car today.

Pretty sure it's from surfing, as I've changed my paddling style recently- although given the missus and I have a 7 month old baby in the house, it could be a different RSI.

Anyway, reading up on 'surfers elbow ' (which describes the pain very well), it typically says that its common in surfers aged 30-50, which is much of this forum, and some of you may be able to remember back to when you were 50.... nah, just kidding, you probably can't remember that.

Anyway, who's suffered this affliction, and what was the best treatment?

damned67
95 posts
14 Jan 2018 1:48PM
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The affliction being sore elbow, not babies in the house...

obct
NSW, 3464 posts
14 Jan 2018 4:55PM
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I'm not sure if I have ever had an RSI, but I have had Arthritic pain since the age of about 12, sometimes in the elbows, but usually in the hands wrists, knees, upper thighs/hips ankles and feet.

When it gets bad, I usually strap the joint if possible, either with elastic bandages or compression tubes.

I don't believe this has any curative properties on its own, but I do believe that what it does is acts as a way to stop me using that joint and start favouring it, so it just fixes itself with the best healer, time.



Al G
NSW, 5715 posts
14 Jan 2018 6:12PM
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obct said..
I'm not sure if I have ever had an RSI, but I have had Arthritic pain since the age of about 12, sometimes in the elbows, but usually in the hands wrists, knees, upper thighs/hips ankles and feet.

When it gets bad, I usually strap the joint if possible, either with elastic bandages or compression tubes.

I don't believe this has any curative properties on it's own, but I do believe that what it does is acts as a way to stop me using that joint and start favouring it, so it just fixes itself with the best healer, time.









I here you with the Arthritis Obs,I've got it in the Back,Feet,Hands and a Elbows have had it for about 15 years now,plus I get gout.It was in my family my uncle is just about had it with it,he has a lot of trouble walking now.I take high powered anti inflammitorys for it atm and they seem to work but later on if it gets worse the specialist did say you can get injections for it but I haven't really looked into that yet!...

rgmacca
64 posts
15 Jan 2018 2:31AM
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I have had elbow pain through golf, played/practiced a lot, climbing, Sup plus surfing.
Basically I do too much, get keen and hammer it, resulting in over use injury.

its is caused by over use, prob after a change in your style.

Solution is rest, haha I know that won't happen when surfs up!

ice can help, change back to old paddle style maybe.

Should get better on own, if not see a Doc.

surfbroker
NSW, 1353 posts
15 Jan 2018 6:22AM
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Yes I've had tennis elbow twice
The only solution that worked for me was rest + time, in my case about 6 months but there is a "strap" like a tourniquet that you wear on your forearm that helps with the pain, I've heard that physios can help with pressure applied to the forearm muscle but that's the idea of the "strap"..(I suppose Hugho likes that word too)

MichaelR
NSW, 706 posts
15 Jan 2018 8:15AM
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I have it at the moment, it's really bad after a long session and can be debilitating when lifting in certain ways.

Voltaren Gel works to relieve it a bit, as does a gentle massage and ice. It's all about bringing down the inflammation, as that's what it is. Basically tendonitis.... Voltaren or other inflammatory tablets will help too, but you don't want to stay on them too long. A bit of stretching and light gym work can do wonders as well.

damned67
95 posts
15 Jan 2018 9:59AM
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Yeah, that's how i find it. Not so much a constant pain, but lift anything? Ouch.

i'll get to icing it, assuming there's ice left over from scotch and cocktails. And off to accupuncture in a couple of days. That's helped with similar ailments in the past.

Cheers!

MichaelR
NSW, 706 posts
15 Jan 2018 1:11PM
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damned67 said..
Yeah, that's how i find it. Not so much a constant pain, but lift anything? Ouch.

i'll get to icing it, assuming there's ice left over from scotch and cocktails. And off to accupuncture in a couple of days. That's helped with similar ailments in the past.

Cheers!


I find a good Negroni or Martini works wonders to dull the pain. Two large ice cubes, one for the elbow, the other for the drink. When either of them run out, get another two ice cubes and repeat.....

Al G
NSW, 5715 posts
15 Jan 2018 3:14PM
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MichaelR said..
I have it at the moment, it's really bad after a long session and can be debilitating when lifting in certain ways.

Voltaren Gel works to relieve it a bit, as does a gentle massage and ice. It's all about bringing down the inflammation, as that's what it is. Basically tendonitis.... Voltaren or other inflammatory tablets will help too, but you don't want to stay on them too long. A bit of stretching and light gym work can do wonders as well.


Yeah you are right MR,I only take the anti inflammatory tablets when I've got the pain and I make sure it's directly after food because apparently they can strip your gut lining.I go off them when there's no pain!...

CarterSUPhysio
QLD, 174 posts
17 Jan 2018 7:41AM
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medial epicondyalgia, if it definately is that. If you're a prone surfer i'd have a look at the position of your hand/wrist when you enter the water to take a stroke. If you're pulling your fingers down towards your forearm really hard every stroke, this can bring it on. Usually also surfers that step down the volume of their board for a few sessions can trigger it. Also having a baby and lifting like you say could build the perfect storm. There is some good advice and not so good advice from the floor - complete rest for tendon issues won't help them, tennis elbow straps (counterforce bracing) can be helpful

hilly
WA, 4284 posts
17 Jan 2018 7:16AM
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MichaelR said..
A bit of stretching and light gym work can do wonders as well.


I have had elbow issues for a long time (Tendonitis and referred nerve pain). If I do not do daily stretching, pushups and light weights it comes back. Constant battle. Mine seems to be related to constricted nerves in my neck as well, due to 30 years of sticking my head into scrums. Voltarin gel massage of lower neck relieves the pain, go figure.



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