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Arm Pain question

Post by Paper-Puncher on Sun Nov 13, 2011 8:22 pm

Since Ive been shooting alot more lately....and I think it may have started when I put 400rds thru my .45 of slow fire in a 1wk period. Ive been getting pain on the top of my forarm just below the elbow......I'm pretty sure its some kind of tendenitis from shootong alot.....So I got one of those tennis elbow bands which I;ll be wearing when I shoot for awhile.....Does anyone else ever experience this ? Went to the range yesterday and shot a 900 match scored a 811/900 which puts me right at a expert score.....went to the range today and didnt shoot very long was getting that pain so didnt push it scored a 81 @ 50ft open sights and a 89 @25yds red dot both slow fires ...anyway anyone else get that pain.......? Been able to figure out how to relief it or prevent it?.....May start putting some forearm work into my exercise sessions.....cant let this slow me down on the shooting I'd like to be ready for some real matches next spring .....they shoot 900's and 2700's down close to cincinnati......Buddy shoots high power there so I can hitch a ride with him.......

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Post by Rob Kovach on Sun Nov 13, 2011 11:14 pm

I used to get pain like that from mechanic work. Wear the brace at all times until you are pain free. It will stabilize that tendon until it heals.
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Post by Larry Lang on Mon Nov 14, 2011 1:13 am

Ibuprofen and ice packs.
When you are relatively pain free take a 2'x1" dowel or old broom handle. Tie a 3' length of clothesline to the middle and an unopened soup can to the other end. Hold out at shoulder height and roll the rope on to the dowel, then roll it down. Repeat several times a day until you can do 10 reps without pain. Keep hydrated. I'm not a doctor, but I've stayed at a Holiday Express.
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Post by Nathan Prichard on Mon Nov 14, 2011 5:56 pm

Stop shooting and see a doctor, preferably one who is familiar with sports injuries.


That said, I (and other BE shooters) have been through this and there are exercises and stretching that can help. The good thing about them is that they are generally ones that help with pistol shooting. Take them slowly and avoid the usual "more is better" attitude. Keep them up, even after you get better.


In a worst case scenario, you may need to learn to shoot with your other hand for awhile. It's not as bad as you might think and some of us have done that, too.


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been there

Post by private citizen on Sun Nov 20, 2011 12:49 pm

Been there.

Don;t use the strap as my MD said it stops the pain, but the damage continues as you use your arm pain free.

ICE it until numb three times a day.

do the gentle stretching exercises in moderation.

Take Ibuprofen or Advil. I recommend the max dose....every dose for 2 weeks.

And as always, consult your medical practitioner for individualizes assessment and treatment.

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Post by Rob Kovach on Sun Nov 20, 2011 11:52 pm

I'm almost to the point where I'm going to go to a sports medicine rehab specialist. I'm starting to think that's the best bet.
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Post by JLK on Mon Nov 21, 2011 6:28 am

Rob,
+1 on the sports medicine therapist.
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These guys are great.
I've used one 3 or 4 times over the last ten years and just can't speak highly enough about what they can do.
Good luck!
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Post by Chris_D on Mon Nov 21, 2011 7:11 am

Don't screw around with that pain. I had that problem in both arms from doing some heavy work in the yard, not from shooting. It took about 1 1/2 years to recover from it. At times the pain/problem was so bad I couldn't even hold onto a glass of water to drink from it. I wore the bands around both arms and didn't do anything to irritate the problem durng the recovery. I also got shots of cordisone numerous times which did help but is not the cure.

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Post by gulliver62 on Mon Nov 21, 2011 11:35 am

Go to a good orthropedic surgeon. I define good as someone who can explain the problem to me so I can understand it, and then tell me all my options with rough chances of outcomes.
You should have options of physical therapy (with regular exercises after), some type of cortisone or pain killer injections and surgery. Each with plus and minus depending on the nature of your injury.
I have had to have work on knee, shoulder, ankles and back.
Tendonitus is tricky as it seems to have several root causes. In my shoulder there was torn cartilage and bone spurs that rubbed the tendons causing the pain so that was not going to change w/o surgery. Went that route with good results.

For my back, surgery was an option but chances of success low. I chose physical therapy route to keep it under control. My back remains stable if I will follow the physical therapy exercise regiment.....if.

Basically, get someone who you feel is a straight shooter and giving you enough information for you to make a good decision yourself.
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