• Fishing Elbow

    I'm finally coming out of the worst of the elbow problem. I hope I'm not talking out of turn on this...

    I've been off the water since June 21, 2014 and I'm going nuts!!

    Fishing elbow, casting elbow, tennis elbow, golfers elbow all refer to a similar affliction, lateral epicondylitis or a variation thereof. It is an inflammation of the tendons that join the forearm muscles on the outside of the elbow. The forearm muscles and tendons become damaged from overuse repeating the same motions again and again. This leads to pain and tenderness on the outside of the elbow.

    I've been wearing 2 different braces. One is the Ace adjustable tennis elbow strap

    And the other is the BandIt brace

    Both have been great. The Bandit is better to sleep with but the Ace is more versatile.

    A few different methods of therapy are good for this malady, all designed to stimulate blood flow to and though the tendons. I prefer to take the non-doctor road when it comes to treatment & healing, independent I guess.

    One therapy that works in the beginning is a basic tendon stretch. Extend your arm and pull your hand up and down like in this for 30 seconds at a time several times a day.

    Afterwards, putting pressure on the tendons of the forearm before the elbow while doing this is good. You can see the tendons on your forearm when you wiggle your fingers. Put pressure on them with your fingers (or one of the braces) and do the same exercise.

    As that becomes more comfortable, work on the tendons of the upper elbow. I have found pic for this but I got this advise from a coach that posts on Texas Fishing Forum:

    There is a nerve on the back side of the arm just above the elbow about one inch up the upper arm. If you can find it compressing it with the thumb against the bone, and moving it back and forth against the bone sends a shock wave up the forearm all the way to the fingers. This is light pressure and one quick slip of the nerve off the bone to the inside will send the shock.
    Once you locate this nerve and are able to shock that nerve you will definitely know it. The shock stimulates the tendons and muscles of the arm, helps to increase blood flow and helps the numbness that may be occurring in the hand.

    Do 3 sets of 10 - sometimes it takes a few tries to locate the nerve. Start counting when shocks are flowing up the forearm to the hand:
    - Shock the nerve while doing a curling motion with the arm. Opening and closing the hand each time.
    - Shock the nerve while doing a outside rotating motion. Opening and closing the hand each time.
    - Shock the nerve while doing a inside rotating motion. Opening and closing the hand each time.

    Once you get it well. You will always do your strengthening exercises daily. At the beginning of each fishing day do the shock treatment and again at the end of the day. Use these preventive measures so it will not occur again."

    Good advise, it works!

    The bottom line here is don't get it in the first place! If you do, I hope this helps you. Feel free to contact me if you have questions. Doctors will almost immediately want to inject steroids. That's a quick fix, equivalent to a pain killer. It does actually induce blood flow to the area but you'll think you are fixed and screw it up more. Another doctor type therapy is where they draw blood, centrifuge it & inject the red blood cell rich plasma into the area. Pricey & still requires the actual repair!

    My advice? Keep your arms in shape. Well, your whole body, but I;m a bad example of that. But now that my eyes are open, I'm thinking about some basic fitness a lot more!!

    If anyone finds something wrong with the method in the article please let me know. I don't want to put out bad information.

    Hope this helps someone, let me know it it does.

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