Kyle Holland
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Now I'm significantly better. First experience with it. Have a device I got to exercise it for rehab, and plan to start it in next few days. I've had enough steroid injections from nerve damage from recent back surgery I have figured out there's nothing remarkable about it and it can cause the tendon to rupture I have read. Having good success so far with what I normally do for knees and other strains and have seen dramatic improvement although it has taken time and a lot of love. Also been doing a lot of massaging for instant relief. Thank you though. I also read where they inject your own blood into the area around it to help it heal, but there's no real research to back it. There was no research to back the electro synthetic nerve block that helped my back dramatically better than anything else either though.
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BoaterTalk lmao
They're not quite that high. His were high as he was I think. Watching stuff like that growing up, and they wonder what's wrong with us now... I do have high rise bars and spacers setup though. Have some upgraded air forks on the way too with longer tube and then I'll really have to make a good decision with bandsaw.
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Thanks for that. I live next to a physical therapist and I only had to go a couple blocks to get one. Been riding smooth bike trails since it's hurting less and seems to be helping. Haven't rode in a while and bought a new bike right when it flared up. Should help with rehab too according to therapist as long as I don't overdo it. I'm going crazy being off the water!!!
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I always do a lot of shoulder and arm stretching. Gonna add a few to it. I'm almost pain free and it's been one week. Hopefully I can keep it gone once I have it completely healed. I've always paddleda lot. Hit the river to 2hrs after work even. Riding mtn bike yesterday and today doing usual nose wheelies on 29er and hasn't done anything but help as far as I can tell.
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BoaterTalk Yes sir
I started treating and did one trip in my creeker down Chatooga 3.5 instead of mullet. I can go down 3.5 in my Jefe Grande with very few strokes. Had it taped up with KT tape for that trip. Been 7 days since origin and am almost completely pain free. Haven't touched bnjo, guitar, or paddle other than taping for good grip stance so i wont squeeze so hard. I have done some xc biking but it doesn't cause any pain. Haven't been extreme as normal. No manualing, etc. I just got pain free from a 2 yr fight from back surgery and nerve damage. Did heavy pt to be ready and countless miles of flatwater paddling before dropping the first 10+ ft drop for fear of return of back pain. Zero pain. Then arm goes on the frits. Only 29. Have been rough on myself riding bmx, racing mx, and anything else that causes severe injury and adrenaline. Starting to feel the effects I guess.
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outside of elbow-"golfers elbow"
eventually rest was needed. relaxed my grip a lot- "stonyboater paddle wax" was really helpful. while i had it i used a crappy 7/2 paddle that was as flexible as a wet noodle. flexible shaft helped.
i also used one of those elbow straps for a while. helped a bit too. took so much advil my stomach is ow sensitive to iit & can't take it anyymore.

nothing works better to cure it than rest and ice tho.

good luck! dont wait too long to rest it. the worse it gets the longer it takes to recover.
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Get a soft foam ball and squeeze and release the ball with your arms extended in front and overhead. Do stretching exercises for the arms and shoulders. Too much repetative motion you need to counter with flexing and stretching in other directions. Look up carpal tunnel exercises for the elbow. Good luck.
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Many thanks to my friend, SS the blacksmith for cluing me in and solving this remarkably painful problem for me.

I have managed to keep mine in check by being mindful of my work related stuff and altering my work habits a bit as well as my paddling habits.

The big thing that causes the flair ups is the geometry of reaching out away from your body and squeezing and/or twisting with your hands.

To get an idea of all the muscles and tendons involved, take one hand and hold the underside of your forearm near your elbow. Open and close your other hand and/or make a fist and twist back and forth. You should be able to feel a lot of stuff going on in your forearm.

My first big flair up was a combination of work along with an odd paddling mistake. I discovered that I could hold my paddle vertical and feel the water push the blade, which pulled me through the water. I did several runs taking very few paddle strokes and just holding the paddle vertical and allowing the water to pull me where I wanted to go. Very cool sensation. Very bad for my elbows. I was also working a nail gun at work in a way that was causing troubles.

The fix, as prescribed by my blacksmith:

1. I adjust my technique at work and on the river as much as possible.

2. I wear a brace on my elbow/forearm. The brace should only be worn when doing thing that you know will irritate the elbow, like paddling or any work related stuff.

3. Take Ibuprofen before/during the activities that cause the flair up.

I've never used a bentshaft paddle regularly but I can tell that I get a lot of relief when I use a wood paddle vs my usual straight shaft Werner.
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Sadly no, flexi was only bent. Which is why I mentioned Mitchell. It's a little more affordable wood than Riverstix.
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Email Jim Snyder and ask him what he recommends. He custom makes all the paddles. They are damn expensive ($650), but I've heard they are amazing and last forever.
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BoaterTalk I have hit 30
I've been mtn biking for the past few days. I got it healed to where I don't have pain unless i squeeze something with kt tape, ice, massaging, and muscle rub ive been using for years high in vitamins. First time ive ever experienced it. Always paddle a lot. Play guitar, clawhammer banjo, mtn bike, etc. Just had back surgery a year and a half ago and I'm just getting back on class 4-5 a lot. I really think it all started at Chatoogafest deathgripping two paddles cause we found one that two of our hike outers on the first rapid dropped. I didn't know it could get so bad. I have laid off paddling though, and am continuing therapy per my neighbor the head physical therapist where I went for back recovery. If I was older I could see all these problems, but I'm not even 30 and just had back surgery and now this. Did invest in armband. KT tape does wonders for extra support too but you get funny racing stripes with shorty drytop. Lol
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BoaterTalk Flexi
Did they ever make a straight shaft flexi? Maybe I could find a nice used one? Haven't paddled with wood paddles in 10 years. I don't know it's gonna be a continual problem. It may have developed paddling with two paddlers evacuate when they realized they were above their skill level when we hit the narrows on chatooga sec 3 and they lost gear and I spent a lot of time stressing that tendon with two paddles. Not to mention a high water beat down at painted rock due to no low brace with two paddles...
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BoaterTalk Kayak elbow
Having extreme kayak elbow issues. Have tried all normal stuff and have it about healed. First time ive ever had it. Paddle 3-4 days a week... Can't use bent shaft paddle because it brings back old shoulder injury. Looking for paddle with more flex, but want to keep large blades. Mostly creeking. Current paddle is AT Geronimo. Any suggestions? I know someone here has experienced this. Also starting Tumeric today per Dr Rafa Ortiz prescription. He had similar problem.