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October 19, 2011 5:40 AM
I have had tennis elbow for about 6 months now.. I had wrist surgery about 9 months ago... I am sure the two are interrelated, but has anyone ever had tennis elbow, and if so how long did it take for you to get rid of it, and what did you do besides resting it?
October 19, 2011 5:44 AM
Good ole epicondylitis : ) tennis elbow. I suffered with it terribly a couple of years ago. What finally worked for me was physical therapy. Naproxen, Icy Hot patches, BioFreeze, resting it - you name it, I did it ! In the end all of that helped a bit, but PT was the key ! I was skeptical, but it worked. I haven't had trouble since ! 6 - 8 months I suffered with it, once I started PT, cleared in about 2 months.
Edited by harlanJEN On October 19, 2011 5:45 AM
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October 19, 2011 5:44 AM
I had it all the time when I played tennis in high school but thats been a long time :)

It took me about 3 weeks or so. I iced it and my mom gave me something for swelling and pain.
October 19, 2011 5:46 AM
i had tendonitis in my foot years ago and it took me a few weeks to get over it- my mom however has tennis elbow too and it comes and goes- shes been dealing with it for a couple of years.
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October 19, 2011 5:47 AM
do you have one of those straps? they can help. and yes, rest, antiinflammatories...
Another little hint- often refractory lateral epicondylitis is a sort of a side effect of some subclinical carpal tunnel syndrome... try wearing wrist splints at night. It might help.
Some people think injection with PRP (platelet rich plasma) helps, but I don't have any experience with it.
Once in a while it needs surgery, but that's really a last resort.

good luck

(p.s. I'm a hand surgeon)
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October 19, 2011 5:48 AM
I hear you. I've had it for over a month. It sucks!!!grumble
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October 19, 2011 5:49 AM
I have always wondered about biofreeze, so it works pretty good? when did you put it on your elbow during the day?? just at random times?

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Good ole epicondylitis : ) tennis elbow. I suffered with it terribly a couple of years ago. What finally worked for me was physical therapy. Naproxen, Icy Hot patches, BioFreeze, resting it - you name it, I did it ! In the end all of that helped a bit, but PT was the key ! I was skeptical, but it worked. I haven't had trouble since ! 6 - 8 months I suffered with it, once I started PT, cleared in about 2 months.
October 19, 2011 5:52 AM
I've had tennis elbow and it takes at least a year to feel better even after having a cortisone shot. I feel like it never completely heals cause anytime I do something that involves a repetetive motion (like bicep curls) it seems to flare up. That is what keeps me from doing weight resistance workouts for upper body. I've heard the only sure cure is surgery but I'm not going down that road if I don't have to.
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October 19, 2011 6:00 AM
I've got Tennis elbow in my right elbow...and Golfer's elbow in my left elbow.

The left one hurts far, far more, but due to an operation i had to move my Ulnar nerve the physio couldn't do much with it. My Tennis Elbow would be relatively easy to fix..just stop playing my Badminton for 6 months.

Umm, nah, its ok ty. :)
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October 19, 2011 6:03 AM
Get the book Pain Free, by Pete Egoscue. Are your shoulders curled toward the front? That is what always gives me pain in wrists or elbows, and the e-cises in the book really do work. I have used it for years.
October 19, 2011 6:12 AM
thank you!! I will look into that book.. no they aren't curled.. but I am frustrated I have lost 13 pounds on my upperbody in the past 8 months.. I am a personal trainer, and I am getting small!! lol it sucks I can't pick up things with my right arm... I need this to end fast

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Get the book Pain Free, by Pete Egoscue. Are your shoulders curled toward the front? That is what always gives me pain in wrists or elbows, and the e-cises in the book really do work. I have used it for years.
October 19, 2011 4:50 PM
Biofreeze. I'd use it at random times. My PT recommended it. I liked the roll-on version. But seriously, those Icy Hot patches - the bomb! No cure of course, but I"d get some relief.

I saw someone else suggest a splint/brace. I did try one of those elbow "bands" that you wear above your elbow that was supposed to provide relief. Didn't do a thing for me.

With the experience I've now had with cortisone in my knee, I would have tried the cortisone to the elbow . My ortho suggested, but I declined.

All the things I mentioned here and above - I tried and got some relief, but no cure. I suffered every single day. Just picking up the telephone, gripping the steering wheel or opening a cabinet door caused pain. Elbow, radiating into bicep and down to my wrist. Bilateral epicondylitis was my diagnosis. Physical Therapy did the trick.

Good luck ! Let us know how you do. I just said that, but it's not easy to track posts on MFP .... : )
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January 22, 2012 2:35 PM
What kind of PT did you do? I've been suffering with Tennis elbow for a YEAR and now I don't do any weights or anything at the gym. I used to be strong, but no more! I went to my general doctor at Kaiser but all they did was give me 2 cortisone shots last year in March and April and then tell me to ice it, use ibuprofen and generally not to use it. Then I went to the Physical Therapy department at Kaiser but other than putting TAPE on my arm she didnt give me any specific things to do to STRENGTHEN the arm without hurting it further. No more planks or pushups, free weights, machines, etc.
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September 23, 2013 11:13 AM
I suffered from it off and on from 2001 until 2011. Fall 2010 I had my first cortisone injection, in the Spring of 2012 I had to go back for another and my ortho said the next time I called we were doing surgery. Had the surgery in September 2011 and because I had gone so long there was a lot of scarred/damaged tissue to be removed but after the rehab my arm feels awesome.
September 23, 2013 7:49 PM
I had it for about a year, wore the strap, and my doc told me surgery was usually not successful. I decided to try acupuncture, and it cured it! It didn't take very many treatments. I was very skeptical as I had never tried any form of alternative medicine before that. Good luck, I know it is horribly painful.
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September 23, 2013 7:53 PM
I just got it last week for the first time ever. It's painful during normal day activities,lifting stuff, etc. All this is going to do is piss me off and make me lift harder. Good luck to those of you who have it, I feel your pain.
September 23, 2013 7:59 PM
Really depends on the root cause.
Have been a tennis, squash, golf player most of my life.
So, with that, comes the issues.
From time to time, the strap has worked. Rest has worked. Glucosamine has worked.
More recently Turmeric and Wobenzym N have worked.
Try different things. None of it can hurt you, but the OTC anti-inflammatories definitely don't cure anything and can actually help facilitate additional injury. Good luck.
September 23, 2013 8:01 PM
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I decided to try acupuncture, and it cured it!


Sweet, I'm gonna try this. I know someone who can do me at a discount. Thanks!
September 24, 2013 2:43 AM
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