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Side mount gave me tennis elbow...what now?

Discussion in 'Sidemount Diving' started by Bigeclipse, Apr 9, 2019.

  1. Bigeclipse

    Bigeclipse Barracuda

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: USA - New York
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  2. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Cave Country!
    I tried this early on: they slip. They would probably be better suited if they had cam locks, but they don't.
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  3. JonasGreenFethr

    JonasGreenFethr Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: The Triangle, NC
    I may have missed it earlier, but why not clip them to your BC harness D-rings and have it do the 'heavy lifting'? It's got the shoulder straps and a waist belt to spread the load. You don't hold the tanks when you dive; why carry them when you walk to the dive.
  4. Bigeclipse

    Bigeclipse Barracuda

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: USA - New York
    One of the big benefits of going from backmount doubles to side mount was so I wouldn’t have to carry the heavy weight to the beach from where we suit up. Backmount was a pain doing this.
  5. Roger Hobden

    Roger Hobden Barracuda

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Montreal
    Sometimes the "tennis elbow type of pain" can come from the nerves that go down one's arm. "Neuro-Dynamic Tests" of the three main nerves (ulnar, median, radial) can help to pinpoint the problem. if the physio does not test these nerves systematically on all patients with arm pain, then walk away.

    Another culprit is Static Mechanical Allodynia. The works of Claude Spicher, an occupational therapist researcher working in Freiburg, Switzerland, have been crucial in bringing this every common, undiagnosed condition, to the attention of other health care specialists (Physio, Doctors, etc.). As this condition has been identified more recently, might be hard to find the proper person to diagnose and that this condition.
  6. muzikbiz22

    muzikbiz22 Manta Ray

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Southern California
    Just came across this thread. There's a handful of ways to flare up those tendons. I had it severely (3 to 6 months to heal) about 8 years ago or so. Couldn't hold up a cup of coffee :( It was from running to catch a flight, from one end of the airport to the other, while carrying a heavy suit case in each hand. Had a flare u p from heavy travel with a carry-on with wheels (not a spinner). Doctor said "get a spinner carry on", and it helped immensely. I'll get a mild flare up occasionally, and get ice on it before the day is over. Usually helps. Ibuprofen, and sometimes Meloxicam for a day or 2. I keep a few laying around "just in case". Carrying tanks with one hand (for me) is a guarantee my arm will be tender in 2 hours. I usually use a light dolly or cradle the tank with 2 hands/arms, if I have to carry. Most diving is boat so I walk on "rigged up" already (single tank & BP/W or rebreather). There's been times from "changing channels all day with the remote", and I feel it before going to bed. It's possible sometimes it's mental, as well. It's a pain.
  7. jonhall

    jonhall Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Indianapolis
    Title of thread caught my eye. Since most have offered a way to take the stress off of your arm, I'll respond a different way.

    I used to play tennis about 5 times a week. About 12ish years ago, I developed tennis elbow - my doctor prescribed rest and wearing a strap. Of course, I continued to play and had the tennis elbow for about a year. Near the end of that year, I came down hard on my foot, playing tennis, and got plantar fasciitis. After a few days of limping around, I went to a doctor who told me to take 4-5 ibuprofen 4 times a day. I was hesitant at first and didn't take that many the first few days, but then I did. The pain in my foot went away and without even realizing it, the pain in my elbow was gone and I haven't had it since! I'm still pretty active with tennis and golf, as well as other physical activity (light weight training, pickleball, splashing around in the pool.) Ibuprofen worked for me.

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