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Dreaded Tennis Elbow, Mark II

Hey Keeled Over,
The '72 daughter (coin) is just starting her clinicals as a PT. She is adamant about me getting any inflammation under control before attempting anything related to rehabbing. Hard to stop life enough for that to happen though.
Best of luck on all of your efforts to get the pain under control, at least enough to allow the PT to get you some relief.
Have you tried the brace that goes around your upper forearm with little pad? Tennis elbow brace can be found in most pharmacy. I spent at least 6 months with the throbbing until I listen to my wife and got a brace. It was life changing both reducing throbbing and most pain while using arm. It also allow it to heal much quicker with the reduced inflammation.
My first experience with tennis elbow occurred about 20 years ago. An orthopedist recommended an elbow brace which worked well for me. I keep one in my car and in my tripping first aid kit just in case of flare up although I haven't had one in years.
For those of you wear the arm bands, once cured, do you still wear them as a preventative measure going forward or do they get relegated to a drawer till needed?
I've never had tennis elbow but I would think it might depend upon how debilitating your pain is and how much you like to suffer.

For example: I have arthritis in my right ankle (I've broken it twice). I have mild discomfort all day, every day but if I twist it, I'm on crutches for a few days at least. I, therefore, wear an ankle brace on hikes, portages and, usually, when I'm working with horses. I do not wear it during activities where there is less risk or smooth ground

Regardless of whether you wear it or not, I'd have it tucked away close at hand for deployment at the first sign of trouble.
Age continues to creep in.

I have had tennis elbow some years ago, and after the home remedies failed to help I went to PT and they got me fixed back up. Fast forward to now, and I have been battling this for 4 months. I was almost healed when a long planned canoe trip came up - I had to go - and I have now made things exponentially worse. Current PT guy says he can't help anymore.

Dr. Internet states a cortisone injection is the way go. I did have one many years ago for my shoulder and it did work well. I ended up having 2 injections. It appears the injection is still popular, but there are other treatments available I am unfamiliar with.

Has anyone had experience managing tennis elbow with a method other than cortisone injections? I am hoping for a speedy recovery because the steelhead are here now and ski season is around the corner, so any details regarding recovery time would be appreciated. The shot gets me right back out there, so that's good. Now a days I tend to question all things medical, primarily due to the fact that 2 of my Dr's. have pointed out that it is all to common to have the medico's just run up the bill, so I am hoping to go in as prepared as possible for this one.

Getting old is tough at times, but it's better then the alternative.

I have been using BB paddles for years. Maybe some new hi tech paddles are required!

Thank you.
Just had my first cortisone shot yesterday in my left shoulder(after putting it off for months) and I'd say get another one. My brother was a college hockey goalie who's had more cortisone than he can count and says it keeps him mobile. The inflammation and swelling of the pressure put on surrounding soft tissue can of course do longterm damage, so for me a cortisone shot is the answer. After taking a series of x-rays $$$$, the doc said, well of course we need an MRI to determine soft tissue and possible rotator cuff injuries, so the root cause is still unknown. We bought super lightweight hi-tech graphite paddles and yes, it has been well worth it at 67 and 70 years young. The best quality forearm, wrist, hand braces, knee braces are made by Mueller in Sauk City Wis. For solo paddling I'm going to get a lightweight double-bladed paddle (if the eagle still flies), and do more switching vs the various same side strokes.
For solo paddling I'm going to get a lightweight double-bladed paddle (if the eagle still flies), and do more switching vs the various same side strokes.

I have no idea, of course, whether switch paddling will medically help your shoulder. I just want to comment on the double paddle. Lots of solo canoeists use one, but you have to realize that you must keep such a paddle constantly lifted up in front of you with shoulder muscles, which may put stresses on trapezius and deltoid muscles that aren't helpful. Don't know.

You can take all "weight" and shoulder lifting off a straight single blade paddle if you use a J correction, palm roll, and a fully in-water return. The paddle never leaves the water, is constantly buoyed up, and hence is essentially weightless. No lifting required, though you'll travel forward a bit slower than with lifting returns. I've never cared much about speed in my 70's. Efficiency and comfort are more important.

Experimenting with various techniques is probably the only way to figure out what's best.