David FatumThe SCORPION
Well as you have read (if you read any other blogs) I have been fighting tennis elbow for months and got extrememly bad after playing tons of darts in Vegas for the NDA soft tip finals. It was caused by me playing 4-6 hrs of tennis on my days off and ignoring the early signs of trouble. I have done none of my normal racquet sports now for 3 weeks in attempt to get it under control and awoke today with it feeling a bit better. I have been icing, compression, stretching, heating, anti-innflams and even looking at accupunture to help it along... and when I say I awoke to it being better? In realistic terms, it went from a being a 10 pain level down to a 8 but I am plain running out of time to get ready for a return to the PDC level of darts so I went out to throw with a local player this afternoon.I packed up my ice bags in a little cooler, iced it on the way to the place we were meeting and hoped to be able to get through a hour at least. I have been throwing for about 30 mins the last few days before it tightens up and lets me know its time to quit then on comes the ice....but like I said I HAVE TO start ramping it up.
Well I can not delay serious treatment any longer... the elbow is a serious concern now. It has been bothering me for months but I was always able to do everything in moderation. Ever since I played all those hours in Las Vegas two weeks ago it is trashed and not getting better, in fact, it is so bad I awake to throbbing pain. I can only throw for a bout 10 mins before it says enough. The sad part is it doesn't really stop me from throwing but the pain I have is like a tooth ache while doing it followed by a lot of pain after. I have not been able to play any sports at all for a few weeks trying to let it rest but it is time to go to Physical therapy for aggressive treatment to knock down the inflammation so I can be ready for Las Vegas. I am strarting to throw a bit and just ice a bunch after as Vegas is only 7 weeks away and I NEED to play well. Who we kidding I need to perform at my best which means I need to squeeze a few shoots in before that.I had hoped to go to England this month but just can't justify it with my elbow so I will be looking to the fall to hopefully secure a players card after the summer swing through North America.
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