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jdigger

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Anyone else suffering from this?

Whenever I hold my arm in a >90 degree/crooked angle for even a short period of time (e.g. when talking on a phone), it hurts for a bit on the inside elbow after straightening it out. Only in my right arm - its been going on for 6 months+.

Am convinced its because of long pole fishing and the strains on that elbow. Tennis elbow seems to be the outside muscles, whereas this is the inner ones.

And before anyone says "go to your doctor", I'd be far better going to a physio, and I will, just interested in opinions...
 

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How do you know you'd be better seeing a physio?
Surely your doctor needs to make that decision based on if there is any tendon or muscle damage.
 

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its golfers elbow
rest it
ice it
use a compression bandage during the day
elevate it
 

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Originally posted by pole addict

How do you know you'd be better seeing a physio?
Surely your doctor needs to make that decision based on if there is any tendon or muscle damage.
Simple really. GPs are jack of all trades. Physios are masters in that field. Not rocket science.

Never had a GP properly diagnose any kind of muscle injury - they either refer you to hospital for an x-ray or just prescribe ibuprofen and rest. Don't blame them, they have to cope with a wide range of condition. Physios on the other hand can often spot issues before you've even sat down in the chair because thats their specialisation. And they can offer remedial massage and other therapies - which GP's cant - they can't do it themselves and have to pass you over to...a physio. So better to cut out the middle man. Simples.
 
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But unless you want to pay for private treatment, doesn't your Doctor need to refer you to a physiotherapist?
 

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It could be tennis elbow which your doctor can prescribe drugs for. Visit to the doctor = free . Physio = not free/ need referral for treatment on the NHS.
 

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Originally posted by jdigger

Originally posted by pole addict

How do you know you'd be better seeing a physio?
Surely your doctor needs to make that decision based on if there is any tendon or muscle damage.
Simple really. GPs are jack of all trades. Physios are masters in that field. Not rocket science.

Never had a GP properly diagnose any kind of muscle injury - they either refer you to hospital for an x-ray or just prescribe ibuprofen and rest. Don't blame them, they have to cope with a wide range of condition. Physios on the other hand can often spot issues before you've even sat down in the chair because thats their specialisation. And they can offer remedial massage and other therapies - which GP's cant - they can't do it themselves and have to pass you over to...a physio. So better to cut out the middle man. Simples.
I thought that GPs referred patients to consultants who then determined the best course of action?
Your're not one of those Hospital Manager type people are you[:H]
 

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And what happens if your self diagnosis is wrong, and the physio causes more damage, where will you go to then?
 

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Originally posted by chappo

Originally posted by jdigger

Originally posted by pole addict

How do you know you'd be better seeing a physio?
Surely your doctor needs to make that decision based on if there is any tendon or muscle damage.
Simple really. GPs are jack of all trades. Physios are masters in that field. Not rocket science.

Never had a GP properly diagnose any kind of muscle injury - they either refer you to hospital for an x-ray or just prescribe ibuprofen and rest. Don't blame them, they have to cope with a wide range of condition. Physios on the other hand can often spot issues before you've even sat down in the chair because thats their specialisation. And they can offer remedial massage and other therapies - which GP's cant - they can't do it themselves and have to pass you over to...a physio. So better to cut out the middle man. Simples.
I thought that GPs referred patients to consultants who then determined the best course of action?
Your're not one of those Hospital Manager type people are you[:H]
My GP referred me directly to a local physio. It was after the standard routine course of Ibuprofen though.
 

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could be a subdermal cyst

full of manky puss, slowly infecting more cells, soon to take over your whole body and turn you into a snot monster

your GP could diagnose this
 

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its golf elbow...rest, brufen and ice...if it dosnt settle down go to the gp
 

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tens machine mate that's what I use when it starts giving me aggro soon settles down then a compression bandage
 

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I suffered bad elbow pain when i was plastering
i got some Boots own brand joint pain relief tablets for
a couple of quid and it helped
but would see GP first befor takin any thing
as you wouldnt want a Plasterer to services your boiler
if you get what i mean[:T]
 

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When my tennis elbow flares up, I just rest it and take my meds, never goes away it's there forever[:(]
 

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Originally posted by pole addict

How do you know you'd be better seeing a physio?
Surely your doctor needs to make that decision based on if there is any tendon or muscle damage.
Doctors in my neck of the woods barely know thier arse from their elbow anyway. When I went in with my illness, the Dr. Googled it in front of me because he'd never heard of it! Best you'd hope for is a referral.

Cubital tunnel syndrome perhaps?
 

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First port of call Doctor,if its treatable with Physio he will sort it if not he will sort seeing someone who specialises in the condition such as consultant or even a surgeon all the others will only refer you to the doctor after a considerable time if their treatment does not work,if its causing you bother cut out the others that may not be able to help you.
 

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Originally posted by mickthechippy

could be a subdermal cyst

full of manky puss, slowly infecting more cells, soon to take over your whole body and turn you into a snot monster

your GP could diagnose this
Nice [:H]
 

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Don't mess about, go and see your GP, even if he "doesn't know his backsidefrom his elbow" as you suggest, one thing is certain he will know more than either yourself or any of us!

Remember it could be the start of arthritis which can seriously downgrade not only your fishing capabilities but your life in general.

Get it looked at S A P!
 

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Had the same problem,came on out of the blue after day's waggler fishing on The Tees and painful aswell.
The wide badgered me into going to the doctors and he asked me what I thought it was and when I told him tennis elbow he googled it whilst I looked on.
I bought an elbow support and wore it for a while whenever I went fishing,don't know whether it helped but eventually it improved but hasn't disappeared and still nags on a bit.
I don't think there's any cure for it other than rest and treating it with a bit of respect.
 
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