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Old 11-07-11, 08:25 AM   #1
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Off the bike for a few days

...due to a freak bike accident.

I went on a group ride last night. When we finished up we parked our bikes to hang out for a while. When I was getting ready to leave to ride home, my bike started to fall over. I reached out and caught by the seat, and as I did something went POP in my elbow. The inside of the joint is very sore and in some positions applying any force to it results in a lot of pain. Instead of riding home on the bike, I got a ride from friend.

At rest, it's a little sore, but there are a lot of things can make it very painful.

I'm hoping I just pulled or maybe partially tore a muscle a tendon or something and it will heal up after a few days. If not, I guess I'll have to go to the doctor.
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Old 11-07-11, 12:27 PM   #2
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Bummer. Sounds like a job for ICE, and lots of it.

Hope your feeling better soon.
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Old 11-07-11, 01:13 PM   #3
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Hope you rebound soon!!
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+1 on the ICE.

About 6 months ago, I was reaching for a stray sock at the back of a clothes dryer, and hyperextended my left shoulder. It was sore as hell for a few days, and when I tried to raise my arm more than 90 degress it was really painful - sooo, I started using my right arm more instead. I finally went to see a doc about 6 weeks later and found that I had adhesive capsulitis, (aka "frozen shoulder), on the left side. The good news was that there wasn't a tear of the rotator cuff or surrounding ligaments - the bad news is that its taken about 2 months of PT to regain about half the range of motion I had before the dryer mishap.

Fortunately, I was able to continue riding my dailiy 16 mile round trip to work without incident. Long story short, if it doesn't feel better within a few days, its probably better to see your doctor sooner rather than later. Take it easy, get some rest, and feel better soon!!
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Old 11-07-11, 02:11 PM   #5
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In a happy coincidence, I called my doctor to see when I could come in, and they said I already had an appointment for this morning to recheck my blood pressure. Naturally I failed the BP test; it was high due to the pain. But checked checked my arm over and said it's a simple pulled tendon and should be better in a few days. I've never done that before. WOW did it hurt. Feeling a little better this afternoon, even though my ibuprofin has worn off. Ice for another day or two, ibuprofin and rest, including a few days off the bike.

There is some swelling in my elbow now, on the inside corner of it. I can feel the fiber of the tendon running from my wrist all the way to my shoulder. Now that I understand what a pulled tendon feels like, I realize I pulled a lesser tendon in my leg a few months ago (it's doing better now).
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Old 11-07-11, 07:51 PM   #6
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Clearly a sign that you should look into recumbent bicycles. Guaranteed to cure hypertension, too.

Or maybe someone should turn you in for abusing tendons.
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Wrap an old tube around the elbow.
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Injuries can happen at any time doing just about nothing. I once reached for a towel after a shower and my back went out, didn't even pick it up. layed on the floor for a while before help came. Same thing happened when i dropped a pencil, reached down and kept going, more floor time. Happy to hear it will heal quickly.
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Amputation at the shoulder should completely eliminate the sore arm.
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