Tennis Elbow?

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I have been suffering from a bad case of tennis elbow for about a month now. I really don't know how I got it; I just noticed one day that it was sore and figured it was one of the typical everyday aches and pains that we in the 50-and-over bracket have to get used to. I hadn't played much golf at all over the winter (and no tennis), so I was pretty stumped as to what the initial cause was. My only thought was that I had been doing a bit more lifting and less cardio on my trips to the gym. I was sure that if I let it be for a few days it would go away.

Instead, if anything it's gotten worse. I've tried icing it frequently and got a tennis elbow brace but no luck so far. I have played one round since the onset of the issue. I used the brace and the pain was manageable through about 13 or 14, and then the last few holes were brutal. I have not gone back out on the course since. The weather is starting to get a little nicer and the season will soon be here - I hate the thought of not being able to play. Are there any other golfers who have dealt with tennis elbow, and if so, how did you get it to go away? I've had golfer's elbow before, and the cure for that was pretty simple - just stop hitting off of mats. I'm hoping I can find a way to get rid of the tennis elbow in time to enjoy the season.

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  • wbondwbond S.E. MichiganMembers  651WRX Points: 115Posts: 651 Golden Tee
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    I used the theraband flexbar and it really helped.

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  • TingtingTingting Members  739WRX Points: 155Posts: 739 Golden Tee
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    For me a couple of things:

    1. Using Px shafts
    2. Hitting off of mats or too much practice

    There was a point that I couldn't even squeeze the lever for gas. Stay off of it. Use theraband and/or other exercises. When mine flares up, I ve also switched to graphite shafts

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  • paul_jampaul_jam Members  16WRX Points: 13Handicap: 5.8Posts: 16 Bunkers
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    I just made the switch to graphite shafts in hopes of alleviating my tennis elbow. Theraband and general PT helped in the sense that it never got worse, but it never got better for me.

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    I've got the Theraband flexbar from my previous battle with golfer's elbow. I'll look into specific exercises for it for tennis elbow. Going to see an orthopedist on Thursday; another friend mentioned to me that he had gotten some relief with a prescription NSAID cream, so maybe I can try that as well.

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  • jvincentjvincent Members  1405WRX Points: 727Posts: 1,405 Platinum Tees
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    I've been working through some tennis elbow, actually laptop elbow, recently. Mine comes from using the touch pad on my laptop with my arm in a bad position.

    Other than minimizing my right hand mousing, I've also got some silly putty type stuff that I squeeze which seems to help. One of those foam stress balls might also help.

    It's worth noting that in my case I am still going to the simulator twice a week, i.e. hitting off matts, and the elbow is getting better. It was definitely not the matts that caused it in my case.

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    I’ve had golfers and tennis elbow. Theraband definitely helps. After a few months of trying to play thru pain I broke down and did acupuncture. Had never tried it before, but was pain free after 6 sessions. That was about 3 years ago and I’ve been good ever since.

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    It is best try exercises, bands, equipment changes, and strength training first. Lighter weight shafts may help. However in my case, I have had tendonitis in my elbow for around 15 years. The only thing that has really helped is cortisone shots. Had one 10 years ago, and one just a few months ago. Back to playing again the last few months, but still feel a little pain. Really slowing on hitting a ton of balls at the range and just try to play instead. Tendonitis is a bummer, and has definitely hurt my game.

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    I went to graphite shafts. It took care of the pain within the first 18 holes. Haven't had an issue, since going graphite.

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  • clp34vmpclp34vmp Cancel that mead Members  298WRX Points: 110Handicap: 7.7Posts: 298 Greens
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    I use light (but stiff) shafts. If I can't shake this then graphite may be the next logical step.

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  • gelardi44gelardi44 Putts before Sl*ts Members  32WRX Points: 30Handicap: 4Posts: 32 Bunkers
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    The orthopedist I met with recently told me just dig in to it with your hands and rub really hard. It actually worked really well for me along with some time off

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  • ZitlowZitlow Members  554WRX Points: 187Posts: 554 Golden Tee
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    Good advice. Fold the tennis elbow arm across your chest. Now use the hand of the other arm to feel a crease between the bones of your tennis elbow. Now use your fingers to rub that crease pretty hard for a few minutes several times a day. The tennis elbow should disappear in a couple of 3 days.

    Disclaimer: I'm not a doctor so before doing this you should seek the advice of a medical professional.

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  • JustsomeguyJustsomeguy Members  1213WRX Points: 223Handicap: 15Posts: 1,213 Platinum Tees
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    Nothing helps but rest and time. Take a month off. Don't aggravate it with any random tweak like **** screws to put together a tv stand (awfully specific isn't it)...

    All these ideas are fine ideas, but they don't really relieve it.

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    Hahahaha. I got mine building my workbench and **** in a bunch of little screws instead of using my screw gun (custom built racking).

    I agree about time being the key. I did the theraband and wore the tennis elbow strap. The key to the strap is you have to wear it all the time.

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    There are all sorts of reasons for getting tennis elbow and all manner of getting rid of it. A guy I worked with had it bad. Nothing worked. Went to a massage specialist and she did something with his upper arm. Made him cry, but it was gone that day. Often the origin of the pain is because of something else is messed up and you are compensating.

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    I'm just getting back into it, and all the ligaments are getting back as well. Irritated it a week ago very mildly, took some time off, then assembled a cheap tv stand. Lots of cam locks, lol. Burnt it.

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    Rest is best.

    Graphite shafts

    Thicker softer grips

    strengthen fingers and forearms.

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    Good luck my friend. I’ve been dealing with it now going on 3 months. It was instigated by me playing heavier clubs that were also a half inch longer than I am used to playing. All the fatigue I was putting on the ligaments right at that area basically caused it. I can see lifting as an adding cause but more importantly it is mainly due to over use of that area. Not sure if you are doing a lot of forearm work outs or things like cleans and pulls were that portion of your arm is holding a lot of the stress. Now on to your solution. There is no quick fix. Main thing is stopping the motion that is causing the strain. Believe me I took a solid 3 weeks off and I thought I rested it enough and 1 or two swings in and the strain and pain was back ever so quick. When you feel as if you are healed up, make sure you support that area with athletic tape. Some people use the tennis elbow strap and I’ve tried it and for me it was too pin point on the ligaments that it was more painful to use then the benefits. The athletic tape allowed me to spread the support to the whole area which seemed to help. I’ve read about switching to graphite which I do use myself and does help moving forward. The Recoils are great but if you are looking for full on graphite’s, make sure you get some sort of fitting. After each round ice the fore arm down and take some Ibuprofen just to reduce the inflammation you just put on again. It takes a really long time to heal and believe me, I still don’t feel 100% and not sure if I ever will. Good luck on your recovery.

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