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 e-trig
Joined: 12/1/2007
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I've got a bad case of tennis and golfers elbow in my left elbow. And it's NOT from playing either games . Its actually from over use/stress/etc..
My Family Dr wasn't of much help other than some anti inflammatory meds.. I'm already doing all the other things he suggested.. My other option is going to a sports medicine doctor.. thought I'd ask here and see what people have to say.

Do any of you have any suggestions on like some possible physical therapy exercises for those affected tendons?? Any home remedies?? I'm willing to try anything at this point. A little relief would be awesome!

thanks much
 Rainsands
Joined: 1/9/2007
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Posted: 3/5/2009 10:17:46 PM
I had a recurring problem with the same thing and I despaired of ever being pain free again. My doctor's son had studied acupuncture in chiropractic college and out of total frustration, I asked him to stick the needles in me just for the hell of it. Though I am skeptical about many alternative therapies, I was amazed at how well and how quickly acupuncture worked for me. Also, I have not had a recurrence in the past 6 years.

He inserted about 8 - 12 needles into my forearm to the side of the crook of my elbow. They were left in for 20 minutes and I twirled each needle between my fingertips in a repetitive pattern (this is optional, you don't HAVE to do this). The needles are so thin that there is no pain on insertion and they are only inserted a few millimetres (the reason they are so long is to allow for twirling).

When the needles were withdrawn, that area itched like crazy for about 5 minutes but that reaction is atypical. The tendinitis pain was much reduced for about 24 hours but slowly amped up again. I had 4 treatments in all, 2 per week and that's all it took. I have been pain free since then.

I've been where you are.... do yourself a favour and check it out for yourself. I really hope it works for you as well as it did for me !
 e-trig
Joined: 12/1/2007
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Posted: 3/6/2009 8:06:06 PM
So what's this twirling of the needles all about? Is that suppose to psych your head out and help with the healing process or something? Just curious.

I know there is someone in the area that does acupuncture....may just have to give him a call and check on prices..

thanks for your reply and glad your pain free! :)
e-trig
 kenpoboy
Joined: 9/22/2008
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Posted: 3/7/2009 6:00:10 AM
E-trig:

I have some tendonitis issue in my elbows and shoulders, from over-doing it weight-lifting for many years. I have had to change my routine, going from hi-reps to low-reps to static contractions now. Doing the static contractions (holding a weight at a certain point instead of doing reps) has really helped me.

You didn't mention what it is that has caused your problem, and finding out is key to being able to get help for it. You will have to change what you are doing to stop the damage. Good luck.
 e-trig
Joined: 12/1/2007
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Posted: 3/7/2009 7:27:26 AM

You didn't mention what it is that has caused your problem, and finding out is key to being able to get help for it. You will have to change what you are doing to stop the damage.



Best if you dont use that arm for several days and mobilize it so that it can heal...


Unfortunately this is being caused by what I do for a living. As much as I'd like to.. I can't really take a leave of absence ..lol!! I try to rest it as much as possible.. use the band strap, and rap it up when I know I'll be working it and keep up on the Advil.. I've been looking at those elbow braces and was thinking about trying one. Another thought was maybe going to my massage therapist and have her work my arm over.

thanks for the comments,they are much appreciated
e-trig
 Rainsands
Joined: 1/9/2007
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Posted: 3/7/2009 10:43:44 AM
Twirling acupuncture needles adds extra stimulation at the insertion points to help release endorphins which are the body's natural painkiller.

As is shown in the following summary of efficacy of various acupuncture needle insertion manipulations, rapid twirling afforded a substantially better outcome than some other methods assessed.


Study on Effects of Different Acupuncture Manipulation Methods at Neiguan (PC 6) on Hand Spasm in Stroke Patient

Wang LC, et al. Department of Neurology, Affiliated Hospital of Integrated Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine of Hebei University of Medical Sciences, Cangzhou 061001, China. wanglichun1976@163.com

OBJECTIVE: To observe therapeutic effects of different needling methods at Neiguan (PC 6) on hand spasm in the patient of stroke. METHODS: One hundred and seventy-two cases were randomly divided into a simple acupuncture group (n=36), a slowly twirling needle group (n = 34), a rapidly twirling needle group (n = 30), a simple lifting-thrusting group (n = 35) and a lifting-thrusting-twirling needle group (n = 37). Acupuncture was given at Neiguan (PC 6), twice each day, 5 min each time, and in combination with rehabilitation exercise. Modified Ashworth scale and Fugl-Meyer (FMA) hand function score were used for assessment of therapeutic effects. RESULTS: The transient effective rate and the effective rate after treatment for 8 weeks for hand spasm were 66.7% and 55.6% in the simple acupuncture group, 82.4% and 85.3% in the slowly twirling needle group, 96.7% and 90.0% in the rapidly twirling needle group, 80.0% and 82.9% in the simple lifting-thrusting group and 94.6% and 91.9% in the lifting-thrusting-twirling needle group, the rapidly twirling needle group and the lifting-thrusting-twirling needle group being better than other 3 groups (P 0.05). CONCLUSION: Acupuncture at Neiguan (PC 6) has a very definite transient effect, and the lifting-thrusting-twirling needling manipulation and the rapidly twirling needling manipulation have the best inhibitive effect on spasm.

Zhongguo Zhen Jiu. 2008 Jul;28(7):503-6.


PS ~ Before I tried acupuncture, I had given anti-inflammatories, rest, ice, massage, immobilization braces, and topical analgesics (tiger balm) more than a fair shot. The results were not even close. Not even close to close.
 blueeyedgirlmv
Joined: 3/4/2009
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Posted: 3/15/2009 8:22:28 AM
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 CChauncey
Joined: 5/22/2009
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Posted: 5/27/2009 8:57:46 PM
Buy a more flexible racket. On Tennis Warehouse, each racket they sell is assigned a flex rating. You will most likely want a thin beamed racket that is very flexible. Also, add some lead weight to the head and lower your string tension by about 4 to 8 pounds.

I recently got tennis elbow for the first time in my life when I switched to a thinner gauged but stiffer brand of Luxillon strings. I switched back to my old strings, added more weight to my racket, dropped the tension, and now my elbow is good as new. It took a while though.

Good luck.
 Twill348
Joined: 12/20/2008
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Posted: 5/30/2009 9:42:03 PM
Hyaluronic acid. Get the NOW brand, it's cheap and good. (Quality matters in this stuff)Be sure to take it for at least a month.

Hyaluronic acid is the clear fluid in your eyes and joints, provides the cushioning.
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