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Limited Elbow Mobility

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  • Posted By: shepherdofmen
  • January 22, 2008
  • 04:43 PM

Background - 41 yr old male, 5'7", 177, physically active, weightlifting 3-4 times a week for 12 years

1.5 yr ago noticed lack of mobility (actually it was pointed out by someone else) while at the gym. Went to gp, he refered me to sports doctor, sports doctor took x-rays, x-rays showed what he refered to as "bone spurs and arthrosis, right arm worse than left", sent me to physical therapy even after admitting "this probably wont work, but lets try it" (never went back to him) 3 months of Physical Therapy later, no improvement, but I can now say that no amount of stretching will straighten the arm completely.

Havent seen any doctors in the last year, Im afraid at this point that lifting weights is the cause and the only way to prevent it from getting worse is to stop.

Problem more defined - Right arm has lost 21 degrees of mobility in the extended position, 14 degrees in the closed position. X-rays show bone spurs and large amounts of what appears to be calcification around the joint of both arms. Left arm x-rays show similar calcification, but no lack of movement in that arm. Pain in both elbows is normal for me now. Even as I sit here typing.

I take glucosamine and MSM, along with Magnesium. These seem to help. Pain relievers can sometimes work when its really bad. NO swelling exists.

I havent tried Cortisone, but I see no benefit as at this point I believe the bone spurs are causing the lack of mobility.

Does anyone see a way out of this without surgery to remove the spurs?

Any other suggestions?

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