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Old 10-14-2007, 01:21 PM   #1
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Knitter's Elbow??!!
I've started having moderate to severe pain in my right elbow. I knit English, and can't think think of anything other than knitting that could be the cause. Has anyone experienced this, and do you have any suggestions? Giving up knitting is just NOT an option. I pay attention to my posture and stand up to stretch, though not as often as I might need to. TIA.
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Old 10-14-2007, 02:01 PM   #2
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It would likely be the same as tennis elbow or tendonitis. Take breaks, stretch out your arms and rub out the tight or tender spots on your arms in the muscles just above and below your elbow.
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Old 10-14-2007, 02:09 PM   #3
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Hell's Teeth!

We all seem to be in the wars here. I've just written a thread on Cara's post 'My hand is numb - help'.

As I mentioned, I've got problems with the ulna nerve which runs behind the elbow, although the swelling from it is on the inside of my arm right at the end of the joint.

I think anyone on KH who has pain the their arms, hands or shoulders would be better getting the problem checked out by a doctor. As Cara said, things like this should be nipped in the bud if possible. It could help prevent needing a ton of cure down the road.

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Old 10-14-2007, 02:38 PM   #4
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I would also recommend that you see your doc. I had/have tennis elbow from years ago. The doc thought it was from tennis or my briefcase. I gave up both, but occasionally have pain. About 10 years ago, my family doc (also specialist in sports medicine) gave me a "support" to use when I have discomfort and it really helps, i.e., painfree.

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Old 10-14-2007, 02:42 PM   #5
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Yes, do go read the suggestions over on http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting...ad.php?t=67704

If you try some of these things and it clears up in a few days to a week, then you'll be fine. If it persists longer than a week even doing stretches, massaging and giving it a rest, then go to a doctor. Mostly it's just caused by overuse.
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Thanks all. I have an apointment wcheduled with the doctor, but it is a while away.

Limey, I read all the replies to Cara; in fact, that is what inspired me to start this thread.

cmk, what type of support did yur doctor give you?
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Ask your doctor for a referral to an Occupational Therapist! See the thread I posted about this in regards to numbness. It saved my hands and I can knit again!
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Tennis elbow, or knitting elbow is caused by repetitive motion. If you take regular breaks during your knitting, that should also help the problem. I get the shooting pains all the time when I am knitting. My doctor ordered me to get an item called an Aircast (small band that velcros on in the area you need it, with a plastic pouch filled with air that pushes down on the ulna nerve and moves it over so it is not being irritated by the repetitive motion of the knitting). You can get it at most medical supply places. I got mine at a Shopper's Drug Mart Medical Supply store. I am in Canada so I am not sure where you would buy it where you are. You put it on just below the elbow while knitting and it relieves the stress from the repetitive motion. Have the store show you how to use it or ask your doctor about it when you go. Good luck to you!
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Originally Posted by The.Knitter View Post
Tennis elbow, or knitting elbow is caused by repetitive motion. If you take regular breaks during your knitting, that should also help the problem. I get the shooting pains all the time when I am knitting. My doctor ordered me to get an item called an Aircast (small band that velcros on in the area you need it, with a plastic pouch filled with air that pushes down on the ulna nerve and moves it over so it is not being irritated by the repetitive motion of the knitting). You can get it at most medical supply places. I got mine at a Shopper's Drug Mart Medical Supply store. I am in Canada so I am not sure where you would buy it where you are. You put it on just below the elbow while knitting and it relieves the stress from the repetitive motion. Have the store show you how to use it or ask your doctor about it when you go. Good luck to you!
I'm sorry I don't know your name but THANK YOU SO MUCH for posting that thread. The only thing that's been mentioned to me so far is a wrist support for when I'm typing.

I don't know if the doctor or local hospital (where I'm still waiting to have physiotherapy) supplies these aircast bands but I'm not too fussed - I'll get one anyway - sounds just the sort of thing I need.

Many thanks again - much appreciated!

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Limey, I just googled Aircast and found several sources online. I only looked at one and the cost was $18.00. I plan to put my order in today.
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