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Old 12-13-2011, 07:25 AM
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Have had a bad case of "tennis elbow" for several years; not from tennis but rather from sitting at a pc 8+ hrs a day using a keyboard and mouse for 20+ years ( sad to say).

I went to the Ortho and got cortizone shots, did PT, wear a brace, etc. but in the end it's there or goes away but comes back. Surgery has been mentioned as possible next step.

Anyone go through this and get any long-term benefits from anything else? Specifically, searching the web it seems some Chiros use A.R.T. (advanced release technique) which involves special massage/manipulation to break-up tissue. I'm a believer in Chiropractic fwiw.

Anyone out there with any info? Thanks.

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Old 12-13-2011, 07:27 AM
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Stay away form surgery!
Have you thought about acupuncture (sp)?

A chiropractor will not help you in any way. You have probably already tried alternating your keyboard height and distance etc.
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Old 12-13-2011, 07:29 AM
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I have had it last for 8 months before...it is not fun... Surgery would be my last choice but it does hurt like an MFer...... I have gotten it after struggling with suspects... Let us know if the Chiro works for ya, I am sure a few of us would like to know..
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Old 12-13-2011, 07:32 AM
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Originally Posted by Big Island Lifer View Post
Stay away form surgery!
Have you thought about acupuncture (sp)?

A chiropractor will not help you in any way. You have probably already tried alternating your keyboard height and distance etc.
Never thought about a/p. Not a bad suggestion.

A Chiro has freed me from bad neck pain (again, from computer work) so the idea isn't too far-fetched for me.

Yes, on reconfiguring work environment. My next "reconfiguration" will be me leaving Cubeland completely I hope but I have a year or two yet...

Thanks!
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I dealt with a bad case of it for about 2 years. Did a lot of cortisone shots. Some worked, some did not. I found the best brace to be from CVS. They have one that is black with a little blue pad/lump on the inside. None of the others did anything, and in fact, sort of made me dependent on them to where it was almost impossible to take it off without excruciating pain.

I was on the verge of going surgery, but my last shot helped, then it went away and hasn't really come back. Occasionally I can feel it slightly if I do a lot of heavy lifting/activity, but it is bearable and fades in a day.

I suggest you keep doing the shots and put off surgery. I know two people that have done the surgery. It came back for one of them, the other has had complete relief.
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Old 12-13-2011, 08:19 AM
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Default I had the shots, PT and Acupuncture -

Nothing worked, then I had the surgery which did the job for me.
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Old 12-13-2011, 09:20 AM
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I have had tennis elbow off and on for years. Two things work for me. The first is an adjustable brace that has two velcro straps that can be used to tighten the pressure on the brace. The second is acupuncture. it usually takes 2-3 sessions and it goes away for a while. Good luck.
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Old 12-13-2011, 09:43 AM
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Pain is from tears in tendon. They heal and form scar tissue. Surgery just cuts bad portion out and reattach tendon to bone at a different place to suit length of remaining tendon. no guarantee fingers will have natural appearance when hand is at rest.
Best bet is to Ice at night, heat in morning, keep from bending wrist when sleeping on side, do stretching exercises before lifting or carrying anything. Put "Bandit" white plastic and black velcro strap on forearm tendon to keep from overpulling and reinjuring the same one. Be proactive with other arm as it can fail from same problme.
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I would try a firewall for your computer. How's your eye sight? j/k
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I got it real bad from doing a bunch of tile work. Was put in a full cast for three weeks, then a removable one for a couple more. Then stretching. I stop whatever I am doing and stretch if I get the slightest inkling that my are is tightening. Haven't had issues since.

My back, however, is casuing serious issues, and stretching isn't helping a whole lot.

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I did A.R.T on both my elbows and it worked been pain free going on 10 years my wife is just starting the process now on her right elbow
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Originally Posted by strikerthree View Post
I did A.R.T on both my elbows and it worked been pain free going on 10 years my wife is just starting the process now on her right elbow
I have appt with Ortho again tomorrow, I assume he'll shoot it up and I'll be ok for awhile. In the meantime I called my chiro and he does ART so I'm gonna let him have at it - as i said he fixed my neck and I was in agony I tell ya.

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Old 12-14-2011, 06:03 PM
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I am sure I'll catch heat for this, but if your doc confirms it's caused by your work you have a viable workers comp claim, at least in NC you do. Not suggesting you should take advantage of the system, but if the condition is work related, that's what workers comp insurance is for.
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Originally Posted by kone View Post
I have appt with Ortho again tomorrow, I assume he'll shoot it up and I'll be ok for awhile. In the meantime I called my chiro and he does ART so I'm gonna let him have at it - as i said he fixed my neck and I was in agony I tell ya.

Thanks everyone.

Mine was very very bad I couldn't shake hands or lift anything over 1lb A.R.T. was painful when the Chiro would do the massaging I almost passed out from the pain i broke out in a sweat
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I have golfers elbow bad. Same as tennis elbow but the inside of the elbow. Weird thing is I have no idea what caused it. I am on my second round of shots in both elbows. When it flares up, its both elbows at the same time.

PS. The steroid shots in the elbow are one of the most painful thing I have ever had to endure and it hurts pretty damn bad for about 3 days.
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Originally Posted by Mr. Demeanor View Post
I have golfers elbow bad. Same as tennis elbow but the inside of the elbow. Weird thing is I have no idea what caused it. I am on my second round of shots in both elbows. When it flares up, its both elbows at the same time.

PS. The steroid shots in the elbow are one of the most painful thing I have ever had to endure and it hurts pretty damn bad for about 3 days.

I had the tennis elbow first in my left elbow and then 4 months later in my right I was like WTFFF but I caught the right arm early wasnt as painful the therapy
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Geez. My tired and weary eyes glanced at the subject of this thread "Tennis Elbow", and for a fraction of a second, I thought it said "Tim Tebow".

Proof (at least to me it is) that there is just too much about Tim Tebow in the media these days.
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Old 12-15-2011, 11:03 AM
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Got it shot-up this am, man I forgot how much those mudders hurt. Anyway, doc's advice is to keep getting injection as long as I get approx 8 months or more of relief (last shot was good for almost a year). Once the pain returns quicker than that, time to look into other options.
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