Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Elbow Tales

Consider your elbow.

Kind of a weird thought isn't it?

I have been considering my elbow for a while now. And since my surgery two weeks ago, I have been thinking about it a lot more.

Let's begin with the problem: cubital tunnel syndrome. The referenced article provides a good overview.

Who knew? We have all heard of carpal tunnel syndrome--but now a new tunnel to worry about. And I don't mean the Lincoln Tunnel, either.

Well, I had the nerve damage part--so surgery was the best option.

The surgery went well and the recovery is going well, too--just slower than I would like. I had thought I would be playing racquetball again in three weeks--but the doctor wants me to wait six weeks because, fundamentally, racquetball and the stress it puts on my elbow significantly contributed to the problem.

So I wait. I do not want to be that "guy" and mess up the great work done in my elbow.

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

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