Thursday, January 02, 2014

Bracing your elbow or knee

Laura Johannes, WSJ, Sept 17, 2013, points out that with any repetitive motion, such as a golf swing, tendons can get inflamed.  This can get so bad the hand can hardly move.

Some people think braces (straps) below the elbow can prevent golfer's elbow (pain on the inside) and tennis elbow (the outside).

These are called "counterforce" braces.

Elbow tendinitis can take eight months or more to heal. Usually, docs recommend a lot of approaches--icing, anti-inflammatory drugs, and physical therapy.

And some find counterforce braces effective--strapped three inches below the elbow. Or a full elbow sleeve.

These may "confuse the nerves" and reduce tension on the tendons.

They seem to help about half of those who try them.

A doctor at Johns Hopkins says they are not expensive--why not try them?

Also be sure you are doing the activity correctly. This kind of pain can be prevented.

Yes--prevent pain! I have it and you are going to want to dodge it if you can. Confusing nerves sounds like a great way to go.

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