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Old 06-23-2007, 06:05 PM
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Anyone have any recomendations to try help get rid of it. I have it for two years , had two cortizone shots and months of physical therapy. I think Im gonna go for the surgery my ortho suggested.
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Old 06-23-2007, 08:07 PM
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Check out Kinesio tape. Helps muscle/ tendon problems. I also do friction massage on the tendon 2 wk for 6 wks with applying the tape. Best luck
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Old 06-23-2007, 08:26 PM
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I used to have it, I never played tennis. It came from extensive keyboard use at a station that was not properly fitted to me. Did the whole thing with electric current passed from the shoulder down the nerve to the wrist, cortisone shots into the elbow/nerve, wearing bands on the upper forearm. At the end of it all the doc (neurologist) said they could remove the nerve from the groove in the bone on the elbow, scrape out the groove/bone and put the nerve back, but he didn’t recommend it. His suggestion was to change jobs to something that didn’t require as much computer time, anything, just avoid operating on nerves whenever possible. I did change occupations. It took months but eventually the tennis elbow went away, 100%.

Note: the neurologist said neurosurgery is almost never 100% successful, and in some cases can actually make things worse. Here’s a doctor that operates on nerves for a living telling me NOT to do nerve surgery.
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Old 06-24-2007, 07:09 AM
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I have had it REAL bad - was put in a full arm cast last spring for four weeks. I get it from work - I build, ground up, and when I get to the tile (6000# of it this year), usually blow my right elbow from all the mud and grout.

What has worked best for me is to stretch the arm as soon as I start to feel it. The stretch is to (this ain't easy to explain at 5 in the am!) reach down and behind you with a straight arm, and the rotate your wrist so as to open your palm upward - called a "waiter's stretch," as if you were getting a behind the back tip. As soon as I feel any tightness or pain in my forearm, I do this stretch. It helps to keep blood flowing in the muscles surrounding the tendond, which prevents the agony of tennis elbow. Has worked wonders for me - better than the cast. I am through tile on my next house, and no problems - even broke 80 from the tips...!
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Old 06-24-2007, 07:40 AM
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I had the surgery in January, 6 weeks cast, 6 weeks splint. Then lots of therapy. But the elbow is (almost) fully good now. I still feel some pulling in the forearm and an occasional burn in the elbow. Those sensations are becoming less frequent, however, as time goes by.
 
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I had the surgery done on both my arms, took a while, almost a year, but they feel about 95% better. It was worth it. Just don't get to frustrated after surgery like I did, it takes a while to fully recover. Good luck.
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Old 06-24-2007, 04:35 PM
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thanks guys .
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Old 06-24-2007, 05:29 PM
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Have the wife or girlfriend take care of business for you......it's a heck of lot easier on your elbow!
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Old 06-24-2007, 05:44 PM
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Garett - 6/24/2007 5:29 PM

Have the wife or girlfriend take care of business for you......it's a heck of lot easier on your elbow!
LOL, sometimes they don't want to cooperate though...
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Old 06-25-2007, 10:38 PM
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I have had it in each elbow over the last 5 years and currently have it in my right elbow now. Ice helps. Stretching helps. Had a cortisone shot in the past but it just masks the pain and may allow you to stress it without realizing it. My only "cure" is to lay off it for about 2 months and it goes away. I got it before from hauling my suitcases around and this time from doing dumbbell curls while working out. No surgery for me.
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