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  • I am getting pain and tenderness at the elbow?

    Issue:  Swelling, tenderness, and limited range of motion at the elbow.

    Solution:  This was emailed to us by an 11-year-old boy.  He plays quite a bit of baseball and is over pitching.  Maybe the problem is poor form while pitching or maybe pitching simply isn’t for him.  I don’t know.  But what I do know is that it led to an almost complete lock down of his right elbow.  When I was first asked to look at it, we were in a restaurant.  I used only SMRT to work on his elbow for about ten minutes.  The swelling visually improved by about 80%.  His movement also improved significantly.  However, two days later, it was back to practice and back to the same amount of swelling and pain.  His dad took him to the doctor, who put him a cast for three weeks.  Coming out of the cast he felt better and worse.  The swelling had lessened, which made him feel better.  But the tissue in the area was so adhered and immobile that he was still having a hard time moving.  Finally, I was able to work on him on a table.  It took 40 minutes of SMRT to unadhere the muscles, take away the residual swelling, and bring back almost full range of motion.  Luckily, baseball is over for him until spring.

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