Elbow Pain

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Elbow Pain

Postby Karati » Tue Nov 09, 2010 5:12 pm

After a quick ride on Saturday (30km (AT) 30km/h) I developed severe pain in the back of my right elbow (A number of hours after getting home).

Apparently I irritated some sac in the elbow and trapped a nerve in my shoulder which tightened all the muscles around my arm. So after some ultrasound, accupuncture and massage from the physio its a bit better. But...I want to know why after months of riding and no setup change has this become a problem.

Anyone had this problem? How did you fix it?

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Re: Elbow Pain

Postby scotto » Wed Nov 10, 2010 7:54 am

sometimes !! BAN ME NOW FOR SWEARING !! happens with these sort of aches and pains. Call it bad luck, something to do with the phase of the moon. Maybe there was a head wind and you learnt on your arms a tad more than previously. you can spend too much time trying to find answers that often aren't there !

generally that sort of pain I find results from leaning through the elbow a lot while is fully extended or straightened. I have it now after doing 165km ride 10 days ago, which is the first time in two years i have had elbow pain.
I really doubt its a nerve entrapment or bursitis (thats the sac) issue and just some inflammation or irritation of the joint cartilage. It'll get better. Some physio may speed that up a bit. Just avoid prolonged weight bearing through straight arms while riding for a bit.
Given no change in your setup I would just persevere and harden up. If you've only been riding for months it should settle. Think of these issues a bit like the bum pain you get for the first few weeks of riding. It goes away as you butt hardens up. So will this.

In the past I got this more on my MTB after long rides - bar ends allowed me to vary position more often and the ache went away

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Re: Elbow Pain

Postby Karati » Wed Nov 10, 2010 11:31 am

Thanks for the reply!

My physio was basically saying it is bursitis but after reading your post and reading a few other bits I agree that it isn't.

Feels better again today so hopefully no more issues. It was pretty damn painful for a few days after.

Incidentally, it was indeed a strong headwind.

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Re: Elbow Pain

Postby foo on patrol » Wed Nov 10, 2010 6:54 pm

You get Bursitis is brought on by repetitive actions, over a long period of time.

I have it in my left arm and shoulder joint, from doing many thousands of gear changes, in trucks. :roll:
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