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Old 04-05-2008, 04:22 PM   #1
James Thornton
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more elbow pain

I am close to full recovery from a miserable 8 months of on again/off again recovery from a medial epicondylitis ("golfers elbow")-due to a fascination with weighted pullups. I have studied the postings on this apparently common injury and would like a consensus on what exercises can be safely restarted to work back into it
?ring pullups
?bar pullups
?kettlebell swings
?swimming-freestyle
?deadlifts
I must also echo as a MD this can be a significant injury that must be treated with care-you cannot work through it!
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Old 04-05-2008, 10:23 PM   #2
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Re: more elbow pain

Anything that doesn't aggravate it. Will be different for each person.

Work back into it slowly ramping up volume over the course of about 3-4 weeks.
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Old 04-24-2008, 08:49 AM   #3
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Re: more elbow pain

James,
Out of curiousity, for the 8 months of your recovery did you continue to do wod's that did not aggravate elbow. That is the dilemma I am in. I have the same condition, have been real good about not doing anything that hurts it per the advice of Steve Low, but wonder about the practice of working hard, just not hurting injury.
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Old 04-24-2008, 11:17 AM   #4
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Re: more elbow pain

Hi Brian,

I had a 3-5 month fight with MD and it sucked real bad. I was in Physical Therapy and everything. Essentially as Steve indicates I avoided everything that aggrevated the injury.

For me this meant....

-Scaling the pullup portion of the WODs
-No kipping - or light kipping only
-lower volume
-Ring pullups if possible.

Obviously this will be different for everyone. I can happily say that following the advice of my PT, lots of stretching, going through therapy and slowing working pullups back into my routine have made my elbows healthy again.
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Old 04-25-2008, 03:31 AM   #5
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Re: more elbow pain

Are you using Total Immersion techniques for swimming? I have elbow issues and freestyle only bothers me when I lose form...
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Old 04-27-2008, 11:52 AM   #6
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Re: more elbow pain

O.k. then. I think I am taking that route as well. It's been six weeks, and there is zero improvement when I do certain movements, primarily pullups but most powerlifts as well. It is going to be much longer than I had hoped, pt necessary probably, patience.
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Old 04-27-2008, 12:50 PM   #7
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Re: more elbow pain

Zero improvement after that long would indicate there's something else going on there if you actually did rest and not do anything. If so, see a sports doc about that.
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Old 04-27-2008, 04:00 PM   #8
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Re: more elbow pain

Chronic "-itis"-es = definitely try nightshade avoidance.

Vary grips of pull-ups (pronated, supinated, commando, one pronated & one supinated, etc.) workout to workout, even within sets.

Work on thoracic mobility (especially anterior - posterior) and scapular stability.

Low Intensity Laser Therapy WFS. Yes, I use them in my practice (biased, obviously), and it has only taken a max of two treatments to get rid of epicondylitis (one the first time, two the second, since then I've learned to not overdo my pull-ups).
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