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Old 08-04-2008   #21
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Perhaps clarification is required. I never implied, and I doubt others intended to imply that buying a bent shaft will alleviate all your problems. Many of the above suggestions are great ideas and it probably would be a good idea to see an orthopedist and/or physical therapist if you're having persistent pain. However, if you have not tried it, I do believe the bent shaft is much more ergonomical and if you are having joint problems due to the motion of paddling, then it only makes sense to me to take advantage of the advances in equipment ergonomics, in addition to other therapy. This is not a choose one and only one proposition.

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Old 08-04-2008   #22
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All of my suggested remedies have already been listed.... Advil, not gripping so tightly, bent shaft, stretching, etc. I have only had mild bouts with elbow problems from kayaking, so I'm far from an expert.

BUT... I once got what my buddies called "Rocker's Elbow" after the Robert Plant/Jimmy Page reunion concert in New Orleans back in college. ('93 ish) Anyone suffering from this should try ice, advil, and beer. haha


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