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Epicondylitis

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by wpairishshot, Mar 1, 2013.

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  1. wpairishshot

    wpairishshot Member

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    Hello Everyone, I have been down the road with epicondylitis, more commonly known as "tennis elbow". In years of use driving screws and hammering, it finally got the best of me and I had it repaired surgically this past July. I went back to work and the surgical site was swelling, and the doctor drained varying amounts of fluid off it several times. He then prescribed additional surgery for resection of the bursa. That was 2 months ago, and yesterday it felt like there was a hot knife stuck in there. I am wondering if its time for a second opinion. Anyone been down this road before? Thanks
     
  2. RobertT

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    Short of surgery I have been down this road with both elbows. Time to invest in air tools and power screw drivers.

    Generally speaking you aggravate your elbow everytime you hyperextend the arm which causes the tendons to stretch and become inflamed. I came to realize that by modifying physically the way I performed actions requiring extention of my arm, not allowing it to completely extend, the problem was ameliorated.

    I've come to the conclusion that I'll have the problem to the grave, but am able to live relatively pain free so long as I don't try to drive to many nails with a hammer etc.

    One other note, not until I was treated by numerous doctors and physical therapists did I go to an Orthopedic Surgeon who specialized. Would have saved a lot of pain and hassle had I seen him first.

    Wish you the best, Robert
     
  3. K-GUNS

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    I had surgery to repair it. Very painful,was off work 3 months with PT 3 times a week....then went back to work-now it's 95% of what it was before I hurt it,and pain free.

    Sound s like you have a real problem, RUN to another Doc for 2nd opinion and TREATMENT, do not let this go on.

    CRAB...from Pa
     
  4. Shooting Sailor

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    I had lateral epicondylitis in my left elbow, brought on by hyper-extending it at work. It was so bad I couldn't pick up a cup of tea left handed. After 4 months off work, seeing 1 doctor, 3 physiotherapists, having Xrays and a CAT scan, I was still unable to do my job properly, but was forced back to work by my employer and Workers Compensation. While talking to a woman at work, she told me about her husband having the same thing, and having the same problems getting healed up. She said he went to an accupuncturist, had 4 treatments, and he was cured and back at work!

    I thought I had nothing to lose, so got the accupuncturists contact information, and booked an appointment. After one treatment, with needles from the top of my head down to my feet, I was amazed at the relief I felt. The pain was WAY less, but I still couldn't straighten my arm. The accupuncturist held my wrist and felt my elbow as he manipulated the wrist gently, and said that something didn't feel quite right in the elbow. He pushed on the top of the ulna and made a quick movement with the wrist, and something in the elbow popped over. The pain just about made me pass out, but I could straighten the elbow right away. As it turned out, I had slightly dislocated the ulna when I hyper-extended the elbow, resulting in the tendon which runs over the end of the ulna being out of place, with the resulting abrasion causing pain and swelling. After a couple more accupuncture treatments, I was pain free, and able to perform all my duties at work.

    The accupuncturist said that quite often when he treats people diagnosed with epicondylitis, he finds that the tendon is out of place like mine was, and it won't heal without the tendon being put back to it's proper place over the ulna. Depending on the severity and length of time the tendon has been displaced, it can take quite a long time to heal properly, so going back to work doesn't cause a recurrence of the swelling and pain. In extreme cases, where the tendon has stretched due to the severity and length of time of the displacement, a cure may be impossible without surgery to shorten the tendon, which may be worse than the original injury. It sounds like this is your case.

    Any time you have surgery, the possibility exists that there may be further issues with the site. It sounds like you are having more than your fair share, with what this doctor has done. If he isn't an orthopedic surgeon, as Robert used, I think it is past time to get a referral to one, or see another one if he is.
     
  5. philk

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    Had 4 surgeries, both sides of both elbows. Keep in mind even after the surgery that you can still get golf and tennis elbow, I call mine magnum elbow. As was said above make sure to get an Ortho surgeon that specialises.
     
  6. JACK

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    learn to hammer with your other arm. Adn for god's sake stop extending out your arm
     
  7. VAMiket

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    Had my left elbow cut on about 5 years ago after dealing with pain and weakness for two years. My doctor also did a carpal tunnel relief on the left hand at the same time. It tooK him about 1 hour and 15 minutes to complete the operations. I left the hospital about 2 hours later. He cut the arm open, cut the tendon loose from the bone, debried the tendon head, reattached it to the bone with 2 scews, drilled 2 additional holes to help the inflammation and sewed me back up. At 7 pm that night I had no swelling and my fingers could touch the palm of the hand. Shooting in two weeks, full recovery at 30 days with a little PT. Absolutely 100% pain free and 100% use since then. I couldn't ask for a better procedure and outcome.

    Mike Thompson
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  8. wpairishshot

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    The operation I had was done by an orthopedic surgeon of good reputation in the Pittsburgh area. I followed his instructions after the first surgery where he did the epicondyle reconstruction such as was posted by skydog. I went to PT and eventually back to the same job as before. Thats when the swelling started and went back to the same doctor as before for the drainage. He then performed a bursa resection. The site swelled after that too. Said there was a hematoma in there, so after 2 months off, I went back to work on light duty. It felt to me like there was a hot knife in there. So I reported off to the supervisor and went home and took pain meds and iced it. The WC adjuster wasnt too happy, but I felt I had no choice in the matter as I was in pain.
    I havent been shooting for over a year, and motorcycle riding is out of the question. And for some strange reason I feel that the harassment from the Workmens Comp is going to start very soon as they said I was going to have to be examined by a different doctor of their choosing and they assigned a nurse manager to my claim. Anybody been down this road? Thanks again for all your advice and experience.
     
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