Aches & Pains!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by sheppard, Dec 14, 2001.

  1. sheppard

    sheppard LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 542

    Need some advice- after my first season in this business I'm getting a repetative injury in my right elbow. Think it's from holding the trimmer and always turning to my right on my belt driven WB. By the end of the day my elbow is throbbing and stays that way throught the night.

    Any one have any advice on ways to 'fix this problem'? I'll entertain anything from yoga to Cajun remedies to fix this thing. (Beer and wine only work for the moment).

  2. GroundKprs

    GroundKprs LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,969

    What's your doctor's diagnosis?
  3. gunputt

    gunputt LawnSite Member
    Messages: 56

    Ice pack and vioxx. Drink lots of water if you take vioxx.
  4. Turfdude

    Turfdude LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,899

    For the type of pain you have (probably tendon related), I see a lot of people using a thin velcro band on their forearm just below the elbow. Put the band on, pull tight and go to work.

    I think it may be a married man syndrome too.:blob2:

  5. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,354

    u mite could make your circomference strip wider ,an just make left turns. also a support or band that u could rest your right arm in while trimming might work.also u might consider the little featherlite trimmer until your arm recovers.
  6. scott's turf

    scott's turf LawnSite Senior Member
    from NH
    Messages: 949

    Hire someone to mow for you. Sounds like you are working too hard.
  7. sheppard

    sheppard LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 542

    Would rather not spend the $$$ on a Doctor yet- would prefer to get acure rather than pay an M.D. to tell me what to do. Yep I'm married and not getting enouph... but that's another story. I'll try the other stuff & see if it works. Love hard work- makes me sleep good at night. Just don't want to be incapasitated in 5 years!

  8. Fantasy Lawns

    Fantasy Lawns LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,912

    get rid of the pistol grips n go hydro ..... otherwise lots of ice packs
  9. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    It's important to know exactlly where this injury is, to know what type it is. Is it below the arm, where the actual elbow is, or is it on top like at the crook of your arm but on the top side (ex. when you hopld your arm out, and raise the back of your hand towards you.) THIS is the most common type. It is strain. I also get it from doing overhand curls with the weights. If this is the case, the strap, like the one described above will be suitable, and it's PROBably cause from you trimmer. You are able to do exercises (low weight/high rep) that will build this up and prevent future strain on it. I get it all the time, and massage it out, and work it to build it back up properly.
  10. Dennis

    Dennis LawnSite Member
    from Ga.
    Messages: 155

    I had the same kind of trbl. went to Doc. it was/is tennis elbow,gave me cortizone shot next day it was fine....1 week later trimming shrubs, I was holding gas trimmers out to get to mid of shrubs and I felt a snap/crack in my elbow area...bad pain, just because it feels better does not mean it is ok...
    Tennis and golfers elbow and all related tendon ligamint pains take a long time to heal , mine is still hurting after 2 months.
    SEE a DOCTOR so you can know for sure, you could injure yourself for life.

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