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Michelle Malkin
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So I've been suffering from the dreaded "pickleball elbow" for the past few months. Followed the conventional physical therapy/RICE regimen (rest-ice-compression-elevation). Have worn a compression sleeve while playing and undergone active-release therapy. Am using a smaller grip, lightweight ProKennex Flight paddle, which seems to absorb vibrations better and alleviated some of the pain. (Switched over from Selkirk Amped Epic X5).

Some friends I've talked to said their pickleball elbow eventually just resolved itself and disappeared. That hasn't happened yet for me. Here's my question for The Kitchen members: Are there any magic bullets to solving "pickleball elbow" other than quitting pickleball (WHICH IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN!)?

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tystent
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Once I started playing with a looser grip on the paddle, my elbow pain gradually went away.

My wife, on the other hand, wears a wrist brace which somehow tightens tendons and prevents her own elbow pain.

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Michelle Malkin
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@tystent Can you tell me the brand and style of your wife's brace? Thanks!

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@michelle-malkin she doesn't remember the brand, but she picked it up at Walgreens, one of several options in the braces-and-support section :).  Pretty simple wrap-around style, as shown.

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Hi Michelle,

The health center I work at has a class 4 laser that I use on anything like this that is caused by inflammation. This is the kind of laser that all professional sports teams have. I have had great success with using it on my elbow and also plantar fasciitis. I don't want to violate the ad policy but here is my email if you want to contact me. [email protected]

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Michelle Malkin
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@sherrie25 Thanks, Sherrie! That sounds very promising!

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Robindanford
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I’m not sure if it was anything I did, but my PE resolved itself. Now I would be thrilled if my neck pain would go away. 

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Cpafford22
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It could be the weight of your paddle...you may want to try different weights to see if that helps it.

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Michelle Malkin
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@cpafford22 Thanks. I switched to a very lightweight paddle -- ProKennex Flight - that is about 7.3-7.5 oz. I think it's helped a bit.

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