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kenz54
05-01-2005, 07:18 PM
Hi guys. Thought I would pose this question to the pool gods here! I play pool 5 days every week and lately my right elbow (I am right handed)has started hurting me and feeling hot and inflammed...kind of like tennis elbow. It kind of comes and goes....it does not stop me from playing at this point. Am I doing something wrong with my stroke? Thanks.

Fred Agnir
05-02-2005, 05:18 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote kenz54:</font><hr> Hi guys. Thought I would pose this question to the pool gods here! I play pool 5 days every week and lately my right elbow (I am right handed)has started hurting me and feeling hot and inflammed...kind of like tennis elbow. It kind of comes and goes....it does not stop me from playing at this point. Am I doing something wrong with my stroke? Thanks. <hr /></blockquote>Well... I've got tennis elbow right now. And it doesn't come and go. It comes and I don't expect it to leave for another several months. That's the norm with tennis elbow or golfer's elbow.

For myself, apparently with my old age (har har) my doctor tells me that although I don't have rheumatoid arthritis, my joints seem to be susceptible to joint pains. As of this writing, I've got problems with both shoulder, both elbows, and one knee. Terrible getting old.

Anyway, my tennis elbow flamed up off the table after a couple of weeks of repetitive screwing. Screwdriving, that is.

Breaking the balls and any jacked up power shot does aggravate the elbow. I've been wearing a elbow brace while shooting. It helps a lot. So does icing between games.

Fred

Wally_in_Cincy
05-02-2005, 06:06 AM
I have heard good things about glucosamine and chondroitin. My 72-year-old uncle who had bad knees started taking these and it helped him a lot.

catscradle
05-02-2005, 06:36 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote kenz54:</font><hr> Hi guys. Thought I would pose this question to the pool gods here! I play pool 5 days every week and lately my right elbow (I am right handed)has started hurting me and feeling hot and inflammed...kind of like tennis elbow. It kind of comes and goes....it does not stop me from playing at this point. Am I doing something wrong with my stroke? Thanks. <hr /></blockquote>

I have the same thing. It doesn't come, it does get better and worse, but it doesn't go away. I just recently had my yearly physical and the doc said it was probably tendonitis because at it's worse I lose strength picking things up like a milk bottle. He didn't seem to think there was much to be done about it. I think breaking with a break cue with a non-leather tip aggravates it (but I do it anyway).
I used to run a lot and this to me feels like a typical overuse injury and I bet your's is the same thing if it comes and goes.
One other thing I just remembered. I asked this same question on RSB and somebody suggested daily use of (yuck) cod liver oil. He said he had the same problem and cod liver oil lubricates the joints and he hasn't had a problem since. I haven't tried it yet.

catscradle
05-02-2005, 06:41 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Fred Agnir:</font><hr> ... Terrible getting old...

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Tell me about it. /ccboard/images/graemlins/mad.gif
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Fred Agnir
05-02-2005, 06:43 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Wally_in_Cincy:</font><hr> I have heard good things about glucosamine and chondroitin. My 72-year-old uncle who had bad knees started taking these and it helped him a lot. <hr /></blockquote>I take four glucosamine horse pills a day. I hope they're worth it.

Fred

SpiderMan
05-02-2005, 07:33 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote kenz54:</font><hr> Hi guys. Thought I would pose this question to the pool gods here! I play pool 5 days every week and lately my right elbow (I am right handed)has started hurting me and feeling hot and inflammed...kind of like tennis elbow. It kind of comes and goes....it does not stop me from playing at this point. Am I doing something wrong with my stroke? Thanks. <hr /></blockquote>

Do you spend a lot of time at the computer? Try moving your mouse to the left-hand side and using your left hand for a few months. That will take some strain off your right elbow, particularly if you normally rest your mouse forearm on the desk as you work. I switch sides every few months, it seems to help keep the repetitive-motion soreness in check.

SpiderMan

Rich R.
05-02-2005, 08:14 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Fred Agnir:</font><hr> Terrible getting old. <hr /></blockquote>
You ain't see nothin' yet. /ccboard/images/graemlins/tongue.gif

Scott Lee
05-02-2005, 12:42 PM
kenz54...I have had tendonitis in my right elbow for close to five years now. The first time, I injured my elbow, by repetitive lifting, and too much weight. I got a cortizone shot in my elbow, and it took away ALL the pain.
Since then, I've had additional shots, about once every year, to year and a half (whenever it would flare up)...and it seems to have helped, as long as I am careful not to reinjure it. My orthopod told me that over time cortizone is bad for the muscle tissue, but the only other alternative treatment is to have it operated on. That cost $5k, but he could not guarantee that it would "fix" the problem...forget that! LOL I have tried Chondroitin/Glucosamine tablets too, but unfortunately they don't seem to work for me.

Scott Lee

Brian in VA
05-02-2005, 02:39 PM
Scott,

The Glucosamine / Chondroitin tablets are supposed to help with joints not tendons. I have bad knees myself and it seems to help those.

I've had tennis elbow before and never had it inflamed from pool. It typically occurs from a combination of squeezing with the hand and moving the elbow. Maybe the grip is too tight?

Brian in VA

kenz54
05-02-2005, 07:37 PM
I am not sure if I would rather be doing something wrong or old age! The stroke I could work on fixing.....the old age part I can't do anything about! lol Thanks for all your responses.

ChuckR
05-04-2005, 04:20 AM
This kind of reminds me of the saying that " giving an old man Viagra is like putting a new flag pole on a condemned building!!!