Golfers Elbow - Tendonitis

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    Dec 24, 2012 12:12 PM GMT
    I have a mild and annoying case of tendonitis. It hurts most when I do bicep and pull exercises.

    Can anyone recommend any stretches or exercises I can do to reduce/eliminate the discomfort?
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    Dec 24, 2012 3:15 PM GMT
    Hey!
    Got the same problem here.
    First, get an arm band at the drugstore. Be sure to put it at the right place on your forearm when working out. Ask the pharmacist.

    Second, see a physiotherapist for checking it because it usually get worse if you don't treat it. Do all exercise he will suggest even if it seems stupid.. Lol

    Third, allow your to recover by lifting less weight for a while, and wear you armband...

    Hope it helps! Cheers
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    Dec 24, 2012 3:17 PM GMT
    Thanks
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    Dec 24, 2012 5:05 PM GMT
    I have the same problem. It's not bad now, but I wear the arm band when lifting as a support. Naproxen sodium(Aleve) will help reduce the inflammation if it's really bothering you, but you'll probably have to back off on the weights for a while to give it a chance to heal.
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    Dec 24, 2012 5:06 PM GMT
    Here is a web site that has some good information for you but you need to see an Occupational Therapist not Physical therapy because occupational therapist specialize in the upper extremities like the arm. You need have a treatment called iontophoresis where they push a steroid cream into the tendon using electrical stimulation. This should be don 3x a week for 4 weeks. Another treatment that can be used with the iontophoresis is called phonophoresis this is the same idea only using ultra sonic waves to push the medication in to the tendon. Both of these treatments can be done by an occupational therapist with the order from your family doctor.


    This is the link to the stretches:
    http://www.memorialmedicalgroup.org/SMIEd/golfer's%20elbow%20rehab%20exercises.pdf
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    Dec 24, 2012 5:36 PM GMT
    Thanks I will give them a try.
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    Dec 24, 2012 6:30 PM GMT
    Tendonitis is also something that can be helped by a trained massage therapist. Tennis elbow, golfer's elbow are common names but it can happen with any repetitive motion after the micro tears have happened. I once worked on a dentist who had complications and could no longer do tooth extractions.

    It is light, delicate, and highly effective work.

    Regardless of the modality you choose, choose something because it will not go away untreated.
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    Dec 24, 2012 7:20 PM GMT
    Some good advise here. I think this is one of the worst problems, not because it's so bad but because it's so annoying and takes forever to get over. I still have mine flare up on occasion. Good luck.
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    Dec 24, 2012 7:34 PM GMT
    Actually, it will heal on it's own given time. It just that the more that you use the extremity the longer it takes. My Doc told me once that I could get over it in two weeks- as long as he completely immobilized my arm and kept me on NSAIDS to keep the inflammation down.

    The thing you need to ask yourself is "How bad is it?" Are you in extreme pain when you move, or is it just uncomfortable? If it's extreme then by all means see your Doc. Otherwise, rest, an arm brace, and Aleve will usually take care of it.
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    Dec 24, 2012 7:58 PM GMT
    studboy saidHere is a web site that has some good information for you but you need to see an Occupational Therapist not Physical therapy because occupational therapist specialize in the upper extremities like the arm. You need have a treatment called iontophoresis where they push a steroid cream into the tendon using electrical stimulation. This should be don 3x a week for 4 weeks. Another treatment that can be used with the iontophoresis is called phonophoresis this is the same idea only using ultra sonic waves to push the medication in to the tendon. Both of these treatments can be done by an occupational therapist with the order from your family doctor.


    This is the link to the stretches:
    http://www.memorialmedicalgroup.org/SMIEd/golfer's%20elbow%20rehab%20exercises.pdf


    Occupational therapists don't "specialize in upper extremities" for orthopedic conditions nor are they typically trained to use modalities such as iontophoresis or ultrasound in school unlike physical therapists or athletic trainers. Regardless, it's rare a physician would give OT orders in a case like this.

    Regarding the OP's issue, it depends how long you've had the symptoms. If it's only been 2-3 months or less allowing it to rest, ice massage (and even ionto.) would likely help. If it's been much longer than that it'd be best to see your MD and potentially get a referral to be evaluated by a physical therapist or athletic trainer.
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    Dec 24, 2012 8:06 PM GMT
    See a physiotherapist. I organise treatment for ppl with tendinitis caused at work, we basically never recommend massage because it always come back. Get to a good physio and learn how to treat it and prevent it getting worse.
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    Dec 25, 2012 7:02 AM GMT
    I've had a couple of tendonitis' in my legs and feel your pain...

    The long duration of tendonitis recovery is supposed to be due to the tissue having little blood flow in it - tendons are not as 'fleshy' as muscles and dont have such a fantastic blood supply.. so things like massage will assist greatly in bringing the nutrients for repair and medications to the site of the injury.

    Resting the tendon is a good practice, depending on the cause of the inflamation, it could be a pre-cursor to a tendon tear, or detachment, so do be careful.

    NSAIDS are particularly useful, and will assist while massage is being done too..

    Get a Physical therapist to show you what to do to self-massage it, and get a strap if recommended to do so.

    Hope you have a speedy recovery.

    (And.. cutting back on smoking will help too man.. )
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    Dec 25, 2012 1:13 PM GMT

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    Dec 25, 2012 2:47 PM GMT
    I'm a physical therapist student, i might be able to help but you should really go see a PT as there are so many things it could possibly be. If there is pain and what looks like inflammation around the inside of your elbow (red, swollen, warmer to touch) then it could very well be golfer's elbow. When you flex your wrist actively or against some resistance (palm of hand towards forearm) is there pain in elbow? Is there pain when you passively (use your other hand to bend back) extend your wrist backwards? If not, then it's not golfer's elbow.

    The arm band idea, don't do it, unless a therapist prescribes something, most of those OTC braces are there for just mental security. It could be a ligament problem. If it seems to be, from what I told you about golfer's elbow, light weight eccentric wrist exercises a few times a day for a couple weeks should nip it in the butt, along with cross friction massage, icing, stretching.

    Hope that helped!

    Sean
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    Dec 25, 2012 5:46 PM GMT
    Thanks Sean
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    Dec 26, 2012 4:41 AM GMT
    BigPapiNWNJ saidI have a mild and annoying case of tendonitis. It hurts most when I do bicep and pull exercises.

    Can anyone recommend any stretches or exercises I can do to reduce/eliminate the discomfort?


    I was diagnosed with tendonitis. My doc gave me corticosteriods and said to take pain meds like Aleve, advil, and motrin. He also signed me up for physical therapy. These things helped but it was still there.

    I started doing hot yoga about three months ago, twice a week. I can say the yoga pretty much fixed it. Give it a shot. It's not gonna be an overnight cure, but the yoga helped me out a lot more than the steriods, pain meds or therapy.
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    Jan 09, 2013 1:29 AM GMT
    ryno said
    studboy saidHere is a web site that has some good information for you but you need to see an Occupational Therapist not Physical therapy because occupational therapist specialize in the upper extremities like the arm. You need have a treatment called iontophoresis where they push a steroid cream into the tendon using electrical stimulation. This should be don 3x a week for 4 weeks. Another treatment that can be used with the iontophoresis is called phonophoresis this is the same idea only using ultra sonic waves to push the medication in to the tendon. Both of these treatments can be done by an occupational therapist with the order from your family doctor.


    This is the link to the stretches:
    http://www.memorialmedicalgroup.org/SMIEd/golfer's%20elbow%20rehab%20exercises.pdf


    Occupational therapists don't "specialize in upper extremities" for orthopedic conditions nor are they typically trained to use modalities such as iontophoresis or ultrasound in school unlike physical therapists or athletic trainers. Regardless, it's rare a physician would give OT orders in a case like this.

    Regarding the OP's issue, it depends how long you've had the symptoms. If it's only been 2-3 months or less allowing it to rest, ice massage (and even ionto.) would likely help. If it's been much longer than that it'd be best to see your MD and potentially get a referral to be evaluated by a physical therapist or athletic trainer.


    I am actually an occupational therapist working in an outpatient clinic. 90% of my client load is upper extremity injuries. I am working directly with doctors and actually go in to the operating room to splint patients before they even come out of surgery. Occupational therapists have an entire semester of modalities including ultra sound and e-stim. Physical therapist can get specialized in hand therapy also but in most clinics its the role of the occupational therapist to treat the upper extremity.
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    Jan 18, 2013 5:38 AM GMT
    Golfer's elbow.
    Tennis elbow.
    Biker's elbow.
    Cyclist's elbow.
    Etc., tendinitis.

    Common denominator: Imbalance of strength between two primary arm muscle groups (biceps and triceps).

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    Jan 18, 2013 5:40 AM GMT
    BTW, I commonly get tendinitis.

    By working my entire arm (shoulders to forearms) for a couple days, it ALWAYS goes away for a few months. icon_wink.gif
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    Jan 18, 2013 7:17 AM GMT
    I used to have this, Never felt it while lifting but when resting the weights down it pained like a bitch. After I rest the weights back on the rack I would have to build up the courage to open my grip. I ditched the barbell and only worked with dumbbells for arm exercises. I dont feel it anymore, now when I use barbells I no longer feel the pain.

    It helps if you rub some BenGAY before lifting. I like that feeling icon_smile.gif
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    Jan 18, 2013 7:23 AM GMT
    tumeric or ginger reduce the weights slow down the reps .