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Old 03-20-2018, 04:24 PM   #1
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Default Tendinitis in both elbows

Anybody ever battled this before? Pain on outside of bow arm elbow. Bad. Pain on inside of string arm elbow. Maybe I shoot too much??
Also, if any of you guys who have shot with me have noticed something screwy with my form. Please speak up! Iím hoping something with my form has caused this. Been bad for six months but getting super bad now.
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Old 03-20-2018, 04:32 PM   #2
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I was at the Dr. office a couple weeks ago and he told me I have tennis elbow, I've never played a minute of tennis in my life, lol. He told me to don't just eat ibuprofen, and that I needed to wrist brace to keep that park of my join moving. It hurts pretty bad when I lift things that aren't all that heavy.
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Old 03-20-2018, 05:10 PM   #3
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Ken, I have had tendenitis on my bow arm several times. If I try to up the poundage from my norm, it will happen. You need to get a tennis elbow brace at the drug store. It is worn high on the forearm, just below the elbow. They really do work. If the pain is real bad, you may have to lay off shooting for a little while to get it under control.

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Old 03-20-2018, 05:35 PM   #4
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Ken, I have had tendenitis on my bow arm several times. If I try to up the poundage from my norm, it will happen. You need to get a tennis elbow brace at the drug store. It is worn high on the forearm, just below the elbow. They really do work. If the pain is real bad, you may have to lay off shooting for a little while to get it under control.

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I've heard they work as well. Look up exercises for it on Google. Probably some physical therapy that will help.

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Old 03-20-2018, 06:37 PM   #5
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I try to lay off. It’s amazing how hard that is. I’ll go out and say “ I’m just gonna shoot six”. Well, six becomes 30 or so. I really am just getting to the point where I’m shooting what I’d call “decent”. I have high expectations of myself and without practice, I’ll never be happy with my shooting.
Thanks for the advice Bisch. Glad to know someone else has had it.
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Old 03-20-2018, 07:07 PM   #6
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I used the blue elastic bands and did a curls in the office and where frequently. when it hurt I rested and bengay and sometimes ice, an ibuprofen to keep swelling manageable. Once it doesn't hurt, try strengthening with doubling up on the bands and/or push ups. Good luck and don't over do it. When you feel joint pain you rest, take aspirin and massage.
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Old 03-20-2018, 07:15 PM   #7
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I’m not saying this is the end all fix for all BUT I went to the chiropractor and he solved my problems with my forearm grip, elbows and my shoulders by aligning my neck! 3 trips to them in a row once a week. I was a new man. Can’t hurt and it’s usually not that expensive to do.
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Old 03-20-2018, 07:20 PM   #8
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Have you taken any viagra
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Old 03-20-2018, 07:49 PM   #9
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If itís tendinitis it wonít get better without rest. The brace helps but tendinitis is an inflammation of the tendon. NSAID and rest is the answer. I have had it bad from shooting higher than my normal poundage just like bisch and also when my drawing arm elbow was too high. Both times took about 3 weeks to heal after a steroid shot.


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Old 03-20-2018, 10:06 PM   #10
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I get it when I shoot too much. My approach is rest, extreme low poundage or shooting with the weaker side. It sucks but it gets better with patience.
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Old 03-21-2018, 12:22 PM   #11
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Ken,
I have tried ice, heat, NSAIDS, bands, etc. and the only thing that helped me is something that I have'nt perfected yet. If you can get proper form where you have bone on bone support and are drawing the bow with back tension instead of arm strength you may get considerable relief . This has certainly helped me with tennis elbow. Look and listen to everything you can find by Tom Clum Sr.. He has some really good info on this on his facebook page in the form of an article he wrote for an archery publication. Arnie Moe is another with a lot of good info on proper form. They both are featured on several archery podcasts. There's a lot more to it than this, but you should get the info from those who are much more qualified than me to be giving advice on this subject. Hope this helps !

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Old 03-21-2018, 01:22 PM   #12
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Glucosamine, 2000 mg. Helped me.
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Old 03-21-2018, 04:17 PM   #13
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I have had it a couple of times in my right elbow. I found that if the AC vent in my pickup was blowing cold air directly on the elbow, it greatly exacerbated the pain. The thing that did the trick was a cortisone injection in the elbow. That shot takes the J out of joy I will assure you but worked for me. Shot itself was not unbearable but for a day or so my right arm was really in pain. After a couple of days the pain went completely away. Good luck with this Ken.
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Old 03-23-2018, 09:59 AM   #14
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Good luck Ken. I got it bad in my right elbow shooting left handed when I first started trad. I changed to shooting RH daily instead of left.

Laying off the bow was what helped me...that and a cocktail of acetaminaphen, ibuprofen and aspirin. I couldnt sleep at night because it hurt so bad. The doctor told me to ace bandage the forearm to change the biomechanics of the tendons and muscles...I did and it worked whilst shooting. Afterwards...it still hurt. He also said to ice the elbow down after shooting to reduce inflamation regardless of whether it hurt or not...it helped but I wasnt real vigilant on icing.

Maybe consider and practice::::Shoot one time, once a day and walk. Find a reason not to shoot more...ie shooting pains

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Old 03-23-2018, 10:29 AM   #15
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I had it in both. Left arm kinda went away on it's own. Right arm gradually grew worse. I've used the metal tools to work the muscle with some relief. Best thing that worked was a Handball... Squeeze and hold for a count of 3 release and repeat. it took a week or so but now the severe pain is gone and only rarely does that tendon lock up/ tighten up.
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Old 03-23-2018, 10:32 AM   #16
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I try to lay off. Itís amazing how hard that is. Iíll go out and say ď Iím just gonna shoot sixĒ. Well, six becomes 30 or so. I really am just getting to the point where Iím shooting what Iíd call ďdecentĒ. I have high expectations of myself and without practice, Iíll never be happy with my shooting.
Thanks for the advice Bisch. Glad to know someone else has had it.
Ken, same thing happened to me. I finally had to go to a crossbow if I wanted to keep hunting. I would prefer compound bow but just not possible for me.
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Old 03-23-2018, 02:45 PM   #17
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Yes, I have had tennis elbow in my bow arm... but never ever in my draw arm. In fact, my bow arm and shoulder get sore way way way before my draw arm/shoulder.

For my stint or occasional flare up, I reduce my shooting dramatically and wear a tennis elbow brace when I do. You'd be surprised how well you can keep in decent shooting form shooting only 6-12 arrows, 2-3x a week.

The trick to avoid it coming back is to always ramp back up slowly. Don't then just jump into shooting 5x a week 50-100 arrows. Add a day... add a few more arrows.

Hitting the gym and doing generic upper body workouts has been the best preventative treatment for any discomfort shooting.
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Old 03-23-2018, 05:52 PM   #18
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No tendonitis flare ups lately, but I'll admit it - I'm sore as get out from shooting with the ole big girl the other day. Really sore.

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