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Old 03-26-2006, 09:43 AM   #1
Kevin McKay
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I have been working on pull-ups allot and am getting some pain by the right elbow joint in what seems like a tendon. How do you know when to back off and when it is ok to keep going?
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Old 03-26-2006, 06:52 PM   #2
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A good time to back off woulod be...right about NOW. Trust me, take a week or two off before it gets worse. Damn hard to get rid of elbow problems once they set in.
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Old 03-26-2006, 07:14 PM   #3
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I would agree with that, having had tendonitis in a lot of places. Ice it. Take 800mg of Ibuprofen per day. Give it a break for a week. Then try again. If it is still painful, see your orthopedist. Once these things start, they are very hard to stop, particularly if you are older.
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Old 03-26-2006, 10:54 PM   #4
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Kevin,
Your persistence and desire to get your pullups higher is admirable. I think you are pushing too hard, too fast at this point. Back off a bit, sooner rather than later, do some other pulling exercises.
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Old 03-26-2006, 10:56 PM   #5
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Thanks guys,
I will take your advice. Geez getting old sucks.
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Old 03-26-2006, 11:22 PM   #6
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Kevin,
Give it time, be smart, and soon all of this will be a distant memory. You are on the right track, there will always be some bumps and detours along the way.
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Old 03-27-2006, 07:10 AM   #7
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Physical therapy can help if it persists. You might want to work on grip strength while you're not doing pullups, as long as it's not painful. Also, self-massage along the lines of muscle in your forearm can help (use a little body lotion to glide). Alternating hot and cold assuming the injury is a few days old. Lots of ibuprofen.
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Old 03-27-2006, 07:15 AM   #8
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I'd also strongly suggest you try the stretches and exercises advocated here:

http://www.nismat.org/ptcor/tennis_elbow/

They've helped me and several of my trainees immensely.
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Old 03-27-2006, 09:24 AM   #9
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Does Ibuprofen really help anything or just mask the pain? If so how much is safe to take a day? I currently have allot of inflammation in my low back / hip that is why I have been hitting the pullups so hard :-)

As always thanks for all the great info.

(Message edited by kmckay on March 27, 2006)

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Old 03-27-2006, 12:16 PM   #10
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Just posted to the other message the safe dose my doctor indicated.

It definitely helps with inflammation.
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