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By Adam
Oct 10, 2006
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By KevinCO
From Loveland, CO
Oct 12, 2006
Are you balancing your opposing muscle groups? For the forearm-lift weights with your hand flexing upwards...forearm resting on a bench. And of course, balance the pullups with a variety of tricep exercises.

See a Rolfer-a massage therapist that can break up scar tissue that may be pressing on nerves. A Rolfing session can be painful but with amazing results.

Heal Fast!

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By Avery N
From Boulder, CO
Oct 12, 2006
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I suspect you want to see a Certified Hand Therapist (I've seen several). Those with the CHT designation deal explicitly with upper extremity (everything below the shoulder), and are trained accordingly.

Some insurance requires an actual referral from your primary physician and others don't. I don't believe you need an Rx -- at least I haven't.

Kevin's pointers are good too -- but if you really have pain, I'd see the CHT first. They can frequently recommend someone for massage, or frequently it may even be covered by insurance with their prescription.

Best of luck!

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By Adam
Jul 28, 2007
Thanks for the help.

I found the problem. My ulnar nerve slides out of of the groove in the elbow when i bend my arm. It's been this way for 3 years! that's what's fucking my arm up. gota have surgery to put the nerve on the inside of the forearm so it can get a good flow of blood around it and stop the constant damage from rolling in and out of the groove. It's kinda freaky now that I know it's not "normal" for it to roll in and out every time i bend my arm. All my symptoms are from when i climb hard and the nerve bends crazy hard then POPs out. Very bad. Just in case folks out there get the claw or numbness in the pinky and ring finger check your elbow for the nerve rolling over the bone when you bend your arm.

P.S. Just Google it if you need images.

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By Avery N
From Boulder, CO
Aug 14, 2007
Canadian Rockies Ice 2008.
Hey Adam,

As a note, I don't think it's terribly uncommon for folks to have their ulnar nerve sublux as you describe. Both of mine sublux after the surgery I chose, and I don't think it has anything to do with my pain. However, that is a very common location and procedure to provide slack to the nerve, even if the source of the tightness is elsewhere.

Anyhow, just know that subluxing does happen for many folks, without issue -- so that does not mean it is necessarily your issue. That's just my understanding. And, there are some reasonable risks with the surgery.

Good luck, and let me know how it goes.

Avery

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