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So, after 3 weeks of NOT shotting the bow, I go see the Orthopedic Doc today, he gave me 3 choices....1, just keep shooting. 2, Cortizone into the elbow, and, 3, clipping the ligament that's involved with "tennis elbow". I elected the Cortizone shot, but...I was sort of surprizes when the Doc told me to go ahead and shoot the bow, that the elbow will get better. I must have been listening to my buddies too much, all I have heard from everyone asked is...."don't stress the elbow at all, until it stops hurting". Anyone here ever experience this "Bow Elbow Syndrome" before? I'm glad I was able to shoot a few arrows today though! Ouch.....:pukey:
 

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Now I shoot 58 lbs instead of 70!! I have been fighting the elbow thing for 3 years. I ahve had 2 cortizone shots.. tried numerous other therapies.
It is better now thatn it has been since the last "shot" wore off last dec.
My work is as hard on it as shooting. Found a web site that showed stretches and ice massages that has been helpful
 

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Have you tried using an Ace elbow brace? If you'll do a SEARCH for keywords "elbow pain" and "tennis elbow" you will find that the brace is effective in most cases.

You can get one at any big drug store, Wal-Mart, Target, etc., for ten bucks. It is just an elastic band that binds just below the elbow.

I had the problem about two years ago. I put the brace on and it immediately reduced the pain. I used it for three weeks and the problem went away and has not come back.
 

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I've been using a McDavid Tennis Elbow brace/neoprene sleeve, with the compression strap below the elbow, it does provide some relief. I only shot 9 arrows after seein' the Doc, brace in place! I'm accustomed to fairly intense pain, after an auto accident back in '89, so...I can probabily get used to it on the draw arm.....just another character building experience! My bow's poundage is 55 pounds, I do hope "shootin' through the pain", like I've done with all the other aches, and, pains that go along with shooting a bow since beginning the archery thing in May '06, until it stops hurtin', works again! Ouch!
 

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Cortisone is good and bad. I had tendonitis in my R piriformis and R and L gluteus medius last year. Three cortisone shots got me walking correctly within a few days. However, you have to really be careful with shots directly taken in the harder soft tissues like ligaments. The cortisone will cause that tissue to become brittle. I had a shot in my R shoulder almost 20 years ago. It did take away some inflammation, then I used the shoulder, then it got much worse. Surgery made it even worse. I would personally rest the elbow for a while. The neoprene supports mentioned above should help, but nothing will take the place of rest. And for this type of injury, I would not rule out surgery. Clipping the loose cartilage won't effect the strength of the joint any more than it has already degraded and will help reduce inflammation. Good luck!
 

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Cortisone

Had "the shot" in my drawing shoulder 4 weeks ago....Hurt like a B%#*H for the first 3 days then magic! Shoulder is great, Ortho said to keep on shooting, Just work less. Seriously, it worked for me.
 

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Cortizone really only masks the problem. It provides temporary relief and swelling reduction. Typically relief only lasts 6-8 weeks. If you haven't done anything to alleviate the original problem in that time period, you'll be likely to have re-occurance.

I'm surprised your Ortho told you to go ahead and shoot. Mine was adamant on resting the elbow and allowing proper healing.

As others mentioned, a tension brace will help. Best one I found was one that incorporated a gel pack right at the joint.

Good luck
 

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In 1978 I developed a serious problem of this type with my right elbow from shooting my bow, and bowling. My doctor(use this term very loosely) prescribed cortozone shots to be the cure----yeah right---cured nothing---in fact the situation worsened to the point, that 6 shots and 2 years later I did not have enough strength in my right arm to lift an empty coffee cup. SOOO, off to a specialist I go, and had surgery---that was the cure !!!---26 years later I do anything I want to, and my right arm is better than my left.

The surgeon told me exactly how many shots I had, because each shot left a white deposit in my elbow joint. ALSO, please be advised, that "good doctors" do not recommend cortozone unless you absolutely need it, because after a while it is possible for your body to build up an immunity to it, and then later on in years if you develop a severe arthritic condition the shots will no longer be effective in pain reduction.

Bottom line here is cortozone is only a band-aid---and a poor one at that---not a cure !!!
 

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I have had pain in my elbow over the years, my family doctor would give me cortizone shots, after I begged him too. So, I could keep on competing, but, finally he told me no more. Finally the pain go so bad, I had to go back to him one last time, the week before a big shoot in Ky. in 96, that fall, I got to where I couldn't sleep, so I went to an orthopedic surgeon, he explained I had to have an right elbow extensor release. A 45 minute outpatient operation, with your arm in a cast for 6 weeks, then after the cast was removed, I was able to shoot again in one week. Since then, no pain! However, my left elbow developed the same problem, so, I had it done too! Now, I shoot nearly every day pain free, and I'm totally glad I had the surgeries.
 

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If you can tolerate asprin take the max dose throughout the day. This will causeyour kidneys to produce a natural form of cortisone.
 

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So then, the surgery to clip the ligament at the elbow is a good thing? Had the Cortizone shot yesterday, and can tell the pain is being masked, I can still feel some pain, it's just not as severe. Like I said before, I haven't done anything the last 2 1/2 weeks as far as shooting the bow goes, the pain was still bad enough to seek out this Dr. This guy told me that the Cortizone actually Stops the healing process, and, clipping the ligament will weaken the arm conciderabily.....Ouch!
 

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Stormbringer----when I had my surgery, the surgeon cut part of my tendons out, and resewed the ends to the joint. I have had no adverse effects strength-wise other than I am 26yrs older now, and mother nature has taken its natural course, and transferred some of my strength away from certain parts of my body, and deposited them in my belly, which brought me to a recent diet(march), and since have lost 30#.

At one time I thought shooting 70# was cool---now I get better results shooting at 53# to 56# depending on which bow I am shooting.
 

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I had the same elbow problems. Doc prescribed anti inflammatory drugs and said to quit shooting for a while. Since then I got my bows at much lower poundage. Tribute at 51lb. and Justice at 53lb. Now I have no problems.
 

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Thanks for the input y'all! I shot 5 rounds of 5 arrows each round today, then quit for the day....I don't want to over work the elbow, but, do want to shoot a little...I probabily won't shoot tomorrow however. I'm glad everyone that has posted so far, can still shoot your bows! I'd hate to have to go to a 30#-40# bow, but, will if it's the only way to shoot one! I can feel the "band-Aid" effect....It feels like there should be pain, but, the cortizone is masking it real good! Thanks for the replies, keep 'em coming!
 

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Tendinitis is a repetive motion, over use type injury.I had a severe bout of it(inside of elbow).The only thing that really helped was resting it and not doing what was causing the pain,shooting a bow.I laid off for 6 weeks and took some oral steroids and it got better.it still will flare up from over use.I just can't shoot every day.The surgery is not 100% either.My wife had it for the outside elbow tendinitis and got scar tissue and had to go through some nightmarishly painful PT to release the tendon.She still has issues with it.


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