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There is a Rash of Golfer’s with Tennis Elbow


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by: Chris Cooper PT, DPT, CSCS ccooper@taiweb.com • 541-382-7890 “Tennis elbow” is more common among golfers than “golfer’s elbow”. Why is that? It has a lot to do with the lower body but we’ll get to that later. First let’s find out what it is, how to figure out if you have it, why it can occur and then what to do about it. Tennis elbow or lateral epicondylitis as it is commonly known in the medical field is an overuse syndrome caused by repetitive strain to the forearm muscles that bend your wrist backward or “cup” your wrist. All of these muscles ... read more »

 

Limited Elbow Extension After An Injury


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Dear TAI Experts: I need some insight into a nagging injury that occurred back in Nov. 2008. I flipped over the handlebars of my bicycle and cracked both my right wrist and elbow. The hospital put me in a cast that immobilized my wrist but it stopped short of my elbow. The doctor said my elbow needed to be able to move in order to heal properly. Throughout wearing the cast and after it was removed, I could never fully extend my arm. I expected some initial soreness and stiffness but after weeks, the stiffness never went away. The doctor never prescribed any physical therapy or anything. Fast forward two years and I still can’t straighten my arm completely.  At best, my forearm makes a 40 degree angle from horizontal. It’s like my elbow just hits a stop and will not extend any further. Whenever I apply weight and force my arm flat, it causes pain and discomfort. Even when my wife pushes down on my arm with all her might, it will not completely straighten and it never seems to make a difference. My arm just springs right back to the same position at 40 degrees. Is there anything I can do to regain my range of motion? I realize this is probably too little too late… Thanks for the help!  ... read more »
 

Elbow Dislocation After A Fall


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Dear TAI Experts: I fell and dislocated my right elbow. I am 67 and when I looked down where my arm should be, it was completely bent backwards, (when I looked over my shoulder, I could see my forearm and hand). I am trying to find out what kind of physical therapy moves I should be making and how many reps, etc. I am out of cast and part time out of my brace. I would like to do physical therapy at home. I still cannot drive because of range of motion, and I am fearful. ... read more »
 

Radial Fracture Won’t Heal


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Dear TAI Experts: I fractured my radial head on March 7, 2009. I had 2 weeks in a sling, then began a month of physical therapy. It is July 4 and I still have inflammation, loss of extension, mild pain, and mild loss of use. What can I do? I was released by the dr. after an MRI showed it had healed but I still had inflammation. (That was in May). ... read more »
 

Delayed Recovery after Broken Elbow


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Dear TAI Experts: I broke my elbow 2 weeks ago when I fell on it. I broke the bone that connects to the wrist and causes it to turn. The Dr. kept it in a half cast for a week and now I am to wear a sling for 6 weeks and work on moving my arm. I have been moving my arm and wearing the sling some. I can only turn my wrist straight up and my arm will straighten out only about half way and then it hurts very bad and numbness shoots down my arm. Is this normal and will my elbow eventually straighten out and my wrist turn? ... read more »
 
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