Been mowing since July cant seem to shake arm soreness, any help?

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by jvgkaty, Oct 6, 2012.

  1. jvgkaty

    jvgkaty LawnSite Member
    Messages: 35

    cool, thanks for the tips. ill try them out.
  2. RussellB

    RussellB LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 8,735

    I had Carpel tunnel syndrome surgery about 10 years ago. That pain was constant (worse while trying to sleep) and started at my wrist and ran up my forearm to my elbow. Don't know if that is what you have, just a thought. Recovery from surgery takes a couple months so if that is what you have you'll want to take care of it in the off season.
  3. Toro 455

    Toro 455 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 238

    It sounds like tennis elbow.

    I'm old so here's what I do to stay in shape. Yearly physical, eat right, exercise, take glucosamine, yoga stretches, and take Aleve when all of the above fails.

    I'm reluctant to pop pills too, and really reluctant to take the homeopathic crap. But the glucosamine works and it actually enhances the effect of naproxin (Aleve). So I'm not just feeling better I'm getting better.
  4. easy-lift guy

    easy-lift guy LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,372

    Your symptoms sound like the beginning of injuries due to RMI and or HAVS. Don't kid yourself about taking ibuprofen, ESP before bed time. The suggestions about holding your equipment differently and handle adjustment are practical. My product has been developed to lift and transfer the weight of implement to the backpack frame work. Maintaing your center of gravity in conjunction with using various types of equipment is key to reducing the symptoms of RMI and HRVS.
    easy-lift guy
  5. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,794

    Sounds like you have "tennis elbow", an injury from weeks ago that is hard to heal and easily re-injured. You can wear a special wrist brace and an forearm band to reduce pain and prevent re injury. Eventually you want to left weights especially during the off season to strengthen the wrist and forearm. The injury probably originates from something that bent the wrist back too far. Try adjusting the handles to avoid that. Also, try to wrap tape around the handles to make them 2 inches in diameter instead of one inch. Talk to your doctor.
  6. CutterCutter

    CutterCutter LawnSite Member
    from WV
    Messages: 76

    What you've got is inflammation. Sometimes referred to as tennis elbow.

    Last year mine started in my elbow, went up to my shoulder and then down into my forearm. So the entire right arm/shoulder was really bad. So bad it felt like the bone had been fractured.

    Ibuprofen fights inflammation so that's the first thing to take. The long term answer is a daily dose of Glucosamine Chondroitin and Fish Oil. Don't laugh. I got on this stuff in November of last year and have gotten through six months of heavy mowing/trimming with no serious problems. Not related to tennis elbow, but I also take a good daily vitamin and a garlic tablet.

    Depending on you condition it should take from two to four weeks for the GC and fish oil to eliminate the pain.
  7. Sprinkler Buddy

    Sprinkler Buddy LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 1,185

    In the heat of the season, if you can afford it next season, hire a part time worker.

    The easy lift may also help, sounds like a great product.
  8. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 41,978

    Glucosamine and condroitin are good to take, but HA Plus is a better product that works faster. It's Hylauronic Acid, which helps rebuild cartilage in between joints thus eliminating pain and inflammation.

    HA Plus and better practices when holding a trimmer should help you out a lot. Strengthening your joints by doing push ups and pull ups will help greatly also.
  9. jvgkaty

    jvgkaty LawnSite Member
    Messages: 35

    thanks, ill look into these things.
  10. D&A Lawn Service

    D&A Lawn Service LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    Do you have a bent shaft trimmer that can be the problem i would switch to a straight shaft trimmer if you dont have one already but that may help alot

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