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Old 09-26-2011, 03:33 PM   #1
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Diagnosed with "Tennis Elbow", received cortisone shot and still have pain.

About three days ago, my MD diagnosed my left elbow with "tennis elbow". He recommended a cortisone shot. So, things felt better for two days. Today, I did a little manual labor and it is sore as can be. Did I screw up what the shot did? Any advice? Thanks!

 
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Re: Diagnosed with "Tennis Elbow", received cortisone shot and still have pain.

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About three days ago, my MD diagnosed my left elbow with "tennis elbow". He recommended a cortisone shot. So, things felt better for two days. Today, I did a little manual labor and it is sore as can be. Did I screw up what the shot did? Any advice? Thanks!
If it is still hurting, today, I'd say so. First of all, Tennis Elbow, is inflammation in the tendons in there from what you do with your wrist as the ortho doc explained to me years ago. The cortisone helps calm it down, and you should have been resting it a while. Manual labor would have just flared it right back up again. Most orthos will give you up to 2 or 3 injections over a period of time before starting to talk surgery on it. I have had both elbows surgically fixed as well as both shoulders (one twice), one wrist, one herniated disc in my neck, and now having to have a joint replaced in my thumb. Talk about a mess.......

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Re: Diagnosed with "Tennis Elbow", received cortisone shot and still have pain.

Thanks for the reply.

 
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Re: Diagnosed with "Tennis Elbow", received cortisone shot and still have pain.

A cortisone shot works for about 10 days and it is usually recommended that you limit use the affected joint for that amount of time. Stop using it now and hope the continued anti-inflammatory effect of the steroid will calm the area back down and keep it down.

You can do multiple cortisone shots and never need surgery...I've had over 100 in each elbow over the past 35 years. I've had enough surgery everywhere else. I wasn't going to have them cut the tendons in my elbows.

 
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Re: Diagnosed with "Tennis Elbow", received cortisone shot and still have pain.

Wow! The Bosworth procedure they did on both my elbows was very effective at alleviating the problem and I've only had one flare up since in one of the elbows. Good luck!!
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