Tennis elbow over icing

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  1. bradsm01

    bradsm01 Rookie

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    Unfortunately, the dreaded tennis elbow has returned. I am icing it for 20-25 minutes a few times a day and each time after completing the icing sessions I experience a quite painful ache throughout the arm. Now, is this normal or is there an underlying issue I am not aware of? I just received a green Thera-Band flex bar I ordered and will be using it religious once the pain subsides. Any advise /comments about the pain, continual icing, etc... will be greatly appreciated. Thanks
     
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  2. Posture Guy

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    20-25 minutes is too long. I tell my clients to not go longer than 15 minutes.

    Also, what are you using to ice? If, for example, you're using a bag of frozen peas, you don't want to put that directly against the skin. I'd suggest finding a very thin material, like the thinnest cotton tee shirt you have or an old school handkerchief.

    Here's a link with some tips on icing:

    http://orthopedics.about.com/cs/sprainsstrains/ht/iceinjury.htm
     
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  3. scotus

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    Yes, there is a theory that after 15 minutes, icing results in vasodilation rather than the desired vasoconstriction.
     
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