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I've got tennis elbow. Doctor says rest it for at least 6 weeks. Apart from running, what other exercise can I do?

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HerBeX Sat 25-Jun-11 17:38:18

I usually run, swim and shred a bit, a little bit of weight training. But I've got a bit of an ankle injury as well atm, don't want to aggravate that too... would usually swim, but is that allowed with tennis elbow? The only other thing I can think of is cycling, but I hate it - it hurts my arse and fanny quite frankly even with a poncey padded seat... any suggestions? grin <Falling to bits>

HerBeX Sat 25-Jun-11 22:33:27

Oh and another thing - has anyone ever had tennis elbow and is there a quick cure?

Tyr Sat 25-Jun-11 22:36:18

No, there is no quick cure and your career as an arm wrestler is at an end.

stleger Sat 25-Jun-11 22:47:33

I found it impossible to swim with tennis elbow as I couldn't make my arm move properly. I had a brace to wear under my elbow with a beanbag in it - it was to deflect pressure from nerves, tendons etc at the elbow.

HerBeX Sat 25-Jun-11 22:58:44

hmm I thought that might be the case stleger. No stroke at all works then?

How long did you have to wear the brace?

I'm wondering if acupuncture or osteopathy might be a quick fix solution

stleger Sat 25-Jun-11 23:08:34

I'm not the best swimmer, and I don't play tennis! But I couldn't find a way to propel myself forward. I wore the brace for about three months, but it annoyed me so I kept taking it off. The two things which helped me were going for sports massage (she got her knuckles right into the area above my elbow), followed by baths in epsom salts which she advised; and I got a neck pillow from Lidl which seemed to help relieve pains in my neck, shoulder and 'outer armpit'. My main exercise is walking, and I have a badly behaved dog who pulls - which meant my arm was fully extended and it felt fine then. I think steroid injections are used in UK? I'm in Ireland and they don't seem to be standard here - my GP reckons they can mask pain so you tend to overuse the arm instead of resting it.

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