- Tennis elbow – share your experiences!
Well, having told myself to WTFU and ignore the pain I was getting when hauling on the bar ends of the singlespeed, I had no choice but to seek medical opinion. Tennis elbow! And it bloomin’ well hurts!
So … no singlespeeding for me and am now wearing an elbow support when riding plus treatment from a physio. Not happy 😥
What are your experiences of this? How long before the pain disappears? Anything that helped when riding? Should I just slob out on the sofa?
Thank you so much!Posted 9 years agoGary_MMember
I had it on my right elbow for around 6 months, then it kinda crept round my shoulders and down the other side. Left elbow is quite tender at the momnet though, hasn’t stopped me riding though and didn’t really notice any increased pain when riding. I wouldn’t recommend injection to sort it out.Posted 9 years agohow soon is nowMember
lateral epicondylitis- tennis elbow, medial epicondylitis-golfers elbow. Occupational/recreational in a lot of cases. Mainly occupational-always seems to be in self employed people who can’t stop the activity cos it’s there occupation and they don’t get paid…
12-18 month course max(normally).
Stop activity causing or perform in a different way.
Try a band around forearm, just below area. buy over the counter.
Steroid injection- meant to be temporary relief, but total duration of symptoms same in treated and untreated plus can have rare but unpleasant side effects- infection/bleed,skin atrophy-tendon rupture.
Having said that some people DO have there symps ‘cured’ by injection.
Also ultrasound/topical anti-inflammatories etc may help.
Can get the tendon ‘cut’ in extreme case.
very common condition.
i would look at what you are doing and try to do in a different way.
Good luck c-g.
StephenPosted 9 years agoMrSparkleMember
Yeah i get it pretty bad. Work related. When it’s bad it’s BAD. can’t rest on the point of my elbows and even wince if I’ve got a seam in a shirt that rubs on it. FWIW I ride SS too and just put up with it. Maybe it helps(??) that I get more pain from my dodgy knee and that takes my mind off it. My GP is sh1t though so I tend to just MTFU, these days.Posted 9 years agoRattyMember
had it three times in as many years, very nasty. Work related. Each time had a streroid injection, sorted it for six months or so, then came back again. Gave me a couple off weeks sick each time – which was good.
Docs decided I’d had enough steroids and made a custom support to wear when I was working ‘repetatively’, but I left the job so can’t say if that would have worked or not.
Been fine since, now I have arthritis instead.
Never stopped me cycling fortunately.Posted 9 years ago
Oh dear oh dear. Is it OK to feel sorry for myself 🙄
I was being very careful riding the geared bike today but as soon as I pushed down on the bars, the shooting pains appeared so don’t really know whether the elbow support was doing any good.
Thanks for all your replies … might just have to put the ss up for sale or join a knitting circle!Posted 9 years agoChristowkidMember
My wife had it about a year ago……still plays her up a bit.Posted 9 years ago
Went to our GP’s physio, did no good and possibly made it worse.
Went to my Osteopath – instant diagnosis and description of the injury and cause; gave some treatment for tempory relief; described what support is best and where to get it. Brilliant person, just a shame you have top pay for them!
The supports need to push onto the muscles above and below the elbow, which they do if you buy a proper one for the job.
If you know a good Osteopath, get ye there a.s.a.p., if only for some real description of the damage and how to sort. Sadly it’s a bit of a long term game.
best of luck
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