Golfer's elbow tendonitis

  • Destinharbor

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    May 20, 2015 4:50 PM GMT
    I've been experiencing sharp pain on the inside of my elbow and even tenderness at rest. This has been going on for about 6 months. Looking around the net, it sounds like "Golfer's elbow." I find I can do hammer curls with no problem but normal curls hurt like hell at even fairly light weight, like 30 lbs. Other than rest and aspirin, compression and ice, anyone have ideas or should I check with my doctor? How about dry needling?
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    May 20, 2015 10:28 PM GMT
    I had golfer's elbow several years ago and went to an acupuncturist. I was advised that it would take five to six visits, and it took five. I was very happy with the results.
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    May 21, 2015 12:22 AM GMT
    Unlike you, the other side of my elbow is affected, tennis elbow. The pain is from inflammation around the tendon insertion i.e the stress from your arm muscles repeatedly contracting. There is also a degenerative component to the condition, which really cannot be fixed and is age related.

    The inflammation (and pain) can be rapidly fixed with a hydrocortisone shot to the affected area. However, the pain may return as the underlying tendon degeneration remains. Some physicians also inject a blood product which works.

    Physiotherapists treat the problem by massage of the scar tissue and exercise to build up the muscle (thus removing some strain from the tendon attachment). This did not work for me, but produces good results in many.

    The next step is surgery when the problem remains chronic.
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    May 21, 2015 4:13 AM GMT
    Sorry to hear.
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    May 21, 2015 4:15 AM GMT
    Please check out my thread on Deep Dry Needling. I just posted a couple of videos of one of my sessions here: http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/2678486#13429_4053853_name
  • jjguy05

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    May 21, 2015 6:16 AM GMT
    Have you been able to figure out if there's a specific bicep curl that aggravates it? (sounds like the supinated bicep curl) If so, have you stopped doing that specific curl?
  • svteuro

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    May 21, 2015 3:32 PM GMT
    Google eccentric exercises for tendonitis, helped me greatly.
  • Destinharbor

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    May 21, 2015 4:24 PM GMT
    Thanks, guys. Much help. I googled up eccentric exercises for tendonitis golfers elbow and found a site called "uptodate.com" that explained it and offered exercises to both flexibility exercises and then followed with strengthening exercises. It also suggested NSAIDS but another site discouraged it so I'll try to go without. But the motion and stretching and strength work, I'll def do. Thanks!

    Radd, I watched your vids on dry needling. The reason I asked about that specifically was I was talking with a (very cute) guy in the locker room who had just gone through it as well as a PT regimen and used a compression sleeve. He offered that his job involved wearing body armor so he had to get well and fast. And it worked. Just as you also said.

    So I think I'll try the easy (and cheap) stuff first and then the needling if it persists.

    THANKS MUCH!!!
  • Destinharbor

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    May 21, 2015 4:34 PM GMT
    jjguy05 saidHave you been able to figure out if there's a specific bicep curl that aggravates it? (sounds like the supinated bicep curl) If so, have you stopped doing that specific curl?


    Ya, both supinated and simple palms forward dumbbell curls. Though I've also tried the bar. Any that keep my hands palm forward aggravates it though as I said, hammer curls don't.
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    Jul 17, 2015 7:48 PM GMT
    Thought I'd update this thread. After much reading and checking out dry needling, I found a stretching exercise that works.

    Hold your arm straight out with the palm raised sort of in the stop position. Gently pull the fingers back a bit with the other hand and rotate the raised fingers until you feel the tendon that's giving you trouble being stretched. Hold in the stretching position for a bit and release. Repeat it a couple of times.

    I've started doing this for both arms as part of my warm up stretching routine and the problem elbow is nearly fine. Thought I'd pass the technique along for anyone it might help.

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    Jul 19, 2015 3:59 PM GMT
    Destinharbor saidThought I'd update this thread. After much reading and checking out dry needling, I found a stretching exercise that works.

    Hold your arm straight out with the palm raised sort of in the stop position. Gently pull the fingers back a bit with the other hand and rotate the raised fingers until you feel the tendon that's giving you trouble being stretched. Hold in the stretching position for a bit and release. Repeat it a couple of times.

    I've started doing this for both arms as part of my warm up stretching routine and the problem elbow is nearly fine. Thought I'd pass the technique along for anyone it might help.



    If that simple stretch works for you then that's great. But try doing the same exercise with the palm of your hands against the wall (fingers pointing down.) You'll get a better stretch this way and you can do both hands at once which is nice. You can also stretch your hand the opposite direction, just don't do this one against the wall. If you were to loose your balance it's too easy to damage your wrist in that position. Remember though....stretch LIGHTLY. Going to hard can make it worse.
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    Jul 26, 2015 1:41 AM GMT
    Curious to know how your elbow does in the long run. The primary issue is tendon degeneration (which has no cure), but stretching the scar tissue must help in alleviating some pain.

    See http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26130104