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gobears
February 25th, 2008, 05:11 PM
Has anyone else ever used the chopat tennis elbow strap while swimming? I (foolishly) have been painting my whole downstairs while also upping my swimming yardage and weights. Today I suddenly couldn't straighten my arm without much stiffness and minor pain. It sounds identical to what my husband had from lifting months ago. He was diagnosed as having tennis elbow.

I have caught it early (I think/hope) as it hasn't hurt at all before today and it doesn't hurt when I don't try to straighten or twist. I'm not sure if I should swim with it or not but thought I'd ask about anyone else's experiences. I'm kind of hoping that stopping the painting will allow me to swim after a few days. Any thoughts???:help:

geochuck
February 25th, 2008, 05:18 PM
Tennis elbow is caused by improper technique that should be corrected by a good knowledgeable coach.
Here is what it is about.

http://www.healthbanks.com/PatientPortal/Public/LinkPublic.do?ArticleID=HW5hw225372

This is where the problem is http://www.healthbanks.com/PatientPortal/Public/ArticlePopup.aspx?ID=HW5hw264887

Have alook here past posts on the forum. http://forums.usms.org/showthread.php?t=1494

Kurt Dickson
February 25th, 2008, 05:19 PM
I believe that strap is for lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow) and works to displace the orgin of the tendon insertion. It should allow you to extend your wrist better which hopefully has little to do with your swim stroke.

gobears
February 25th, 2008, 05:33 PM
Thanks for the links geochuck but I don't think my problem stems from swimming. I've never had any elbow problems (even when swimming 60,000+ yards a week). The biggest thing that's changed recently is my painting. I've painted 4 rooms in my house this last couple of weeks and I think that repetitive motions from painting are most likely my problem. I'm sure swimming could have exacerbated things but, like I said, I haven't ever had any swimming-related elbow problems before this. Reminds me of my Dad (who played tennis many times a week when I was younger). He never got "tennis elbow" until he did construction on a room in our house and was wielding a hammer for hours at a time.

I was wanting to compete in a meet in a week and a half but I may back off if my elbow bugs me the next few days. I swam this morning and had no pain whatsoever. The only thing I did this morning that might have aggrievated something would have been vacuuming the floor...

geochuck
February 25th, 2008, 05:37 PM
My wife had an uncle who was a professional painter. When he came to help with painting our house he had some tips about our painting techniques.

Forget the swimming coach and get a painting coach. It must have been your painting technique.

gobears
February 25th, 2008, 05:42 PM
Forget the swimming coach and get a painting coach. It must have been your painting technique.LOL. I need a painting coach not only for injury-free technique but better painting skills as well :agree: I am a cheapskate and just have to blindly hope no one will inspect my painting job very closely!

kizzi77
February 25th, 2008, 06:52 PM
I believe that strap is for lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow) and works to displace the orgin of the tendon insertion. It should allow you to extend your wrist better which hopefully has little to do with your swim stroke.


i agree with what the strap is for, i used one years ago while swimming with more annoyance than anything else. Now that i know more i'm not sure how much help it did. I think i benefited more from stretching, rest, nsaids. I never got physical therapy for it but it wasn't a bad enough case that developed from microtrauma, but rather more of an acute inflammation secondary to a combination of moving and sleeping weird on my arm.

So you can swim with it. It will get on your nerves, but may help. Otherwise I'd stretch, rest it some, use ice if feeling inflammed or with increased activities and any OTC pain relievers your MD has approved for you to take :D

blainesapprentice
February 25th, 2008, 07:06 PM
I never swam with the strap, but I would wear it the rest of the day. After two or three days of wearing it and taking it easier in the pool, I was feeling as good as new.

poolraat
February 25th, 2008, 07:26 PM
LOL. I need a painting coach not only for injury-free technique but better painting skills as well :agree:

Painting coach videos.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=9FaKQmQGSrI (http://youtube.com/watch?v=9FaKQmQGSrI)

http://youtube.com/watch?v=97JbhLJ5ZQ0 (http://youtube.com/watch?v=97JbhLJ5ZQ0)

geochuck
February 25th, 2008, 08:35 PM
Here is the way to paint your living room. http://www.expertvillage.com/video/32824_livingroom-remodel-clearing-walls.htm