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Chronic Pain in Hand, Wrist and Elbow for a Long Drive Champion and Fitness Inventor Lee Brandon, CNCS.
It was wonderful to see Lee Brandon, a true long-drive legend featured in Golf Week
Her story of Prolotherapy below is reproduced from Living Pain Free
“That CNCS (Certified strength and conditioning specialist) after my name, I worked hard for that,” says Lee. “I’ve been a certified strength and conditioning specialist for many years. I worked with the 1984 Olympic team, I was the head strength and conditioning specialist for the nationally ranked softball team at Delphi University, I worked for Hofstra University as an adjunct professor for six years, and as their head strength and conditioning coach for seven years, running 14 of their teams in their women’s programs.”
One thing Lee knows is strength and fitness, so when a wrist injury failed to heal, she sought out a treatment that would give her the best chance of healing. “Prolotherapy for me was a miracle because I had so much pain. I am not into surgery and wanted to give my body every chance to heal naturally and on its own.”
Lee has an incredible story to tell that goes back to a tragic accident. In 1979 Lee had to have her left arm partially reattached after she fell through a window. The injury ended a promising career, one geared towards competing in the 1980 Olympics. Prior to the injury Lee was a nationally ranked shot putter, discus thrower and softball player.
“I still hold the softball throw record (209 feet) in my junior high school. I had ‘an arm on me’. I was always a gifted athlete, yet it took me seven years to use my arm again.” After the accident Lee began a new career. “In the last 10 years I have been running two separate companies. One is an intellectual properties company, I am the inventor of AB-vanced Neu-Spine Technologies®. Injuries, as we get older are inevitable, AB-vanced Neu-Spine Technologies® is a whole school of movement where I simply state posture equals power. I’m a firm believer that ultimately, if one knows how to stabilize core and postural muscles, where your brain actually helps stabilize the spine, that you can re-coordinate your body and retrain your body to do correct strength training, correct flexibility problems, and correctly do cardiovascular training in a very symmetrical and balanced format. I believe ultimately you can greatly enhance your ability to avoid injury.”
The Rise To Long-Drive Champion
Following her successes in the fitness business, Lee returned to competition-by accident. “I got into golf by default. It was one of my clients who brought me to a driving range. He had a bit of a spine issue so he stuck his driver in my hand and said, ‘well, show me (the right way to swing.’) I had never hit a golf ball before, it had been years since I even swung at a softball because of my accident. So I took a field hockey slap at it and it went like 250 yards! My client looked at me and said: ‘keep the stupid driver, I don’t want it anymore!’ It was actually pretty funny. But he saw golfing talent in me and bought me my first lesson with a golf professional. I enjoyed the game and played a little on and off but I was way too busy running my companies, training clients at the gym and doing a lot of corporate fitness training classes.” Yet Lee’s competitive nature lead her to re-enter the field of competition and in October 2001 she won the Remax® World Long Drive Championship with a drive of 291 yards. To Lee that drive is not nearly as impressive as the ones she is hitting today. “Now I am hitting them even farther,” she says. 90 “Now I am hitting them even farther”
Prolotherapy Enhances Lee’s Long Drive Golf Game
As much as we would like to say Prolotherapy helped Lee to the championship, it did not. Lee won the Long Drive Championship despite a severe hand injury and before she began Prolotherapy treatments. We can say, however, that since she started Prolotherapy she is hitting the ball better.
“I’m consistently hitting 15 to 35 yards further this year then last year, and without the pain I once had.” Injured Before the Championship “About three weeks before the championship I damaged my left hand. The tendons in that hand are very much at risk because of the rigidity due to the injury where the scar is located. I was trying out a couple of new drivers when I hit the dirt too hard and severely sprained the tendon in my left hand. “But I competed, basically one-handed, and won the championship. It was just a pure miracle that I was able to walk away winning. “Two months later I was still in a lot of pain, I thought the injury would heal by itself but it didn’t. When I came to see you (Dr. Darrow) in December of 2001 my left wrist was very painful, as well as my right elbow. I had tendinitis in my right arm because it was taking so much of the heat of my left one not working. That had actually been going on for a year-and-a-half. The left wrist that I injured before the championship was now in its third month of chronic pain. “While my right wrist was never a problem, I was concerned that it was handling a lot of the load that my left wrist couldn’t so I had Prolotherapy done on it. It was more for prevention. “Three weeks following the first treatment I started noticing a difference. The pain went away and as a matter of fact my grip is stronger.
“I’m weight training again with the heavy stuff! I lift 225 pounds, I squat 225, I mean I’m doing some exciting things for my age with perfect form. My bone density was just tested. I’m at 117%! “After this I would tell anyone who asked, don’t hesitate to get Prolotherapy! Find a doctor like Dr. Darrow who performs it in a very strategic personalized way so that you have it done exactly right.”
The Ulnar Nerve in Sports Injury – Loss of strength in the elbow, forearm, and pinky side of the arm and hand
“Ulnar-sided wrist pain is one of the most common symptoms in athletes of baseball, racket sports, golf, and wrestling where there is frequent use of the hands as well as in soccer and running, where hand use is minimal. Compared with all wrist injuries, ulnar-sided wrist injury is a relatively serious condition for athletes because it plays an important role in performing a strong grip and in the rotation of the forearm. Ulnar-sided wrist pain in athletes can be related to acute trauma or chronic overuse. Acute trauma can lead to bone fractures and sprains/tears of ligaments.
Repetitive mechanical stresses to tendons, ligaments, and the joint structures can lead to tendinitis or osteoarthrosis.
Diagnosis of the ulnar-sided wrist pain is challenging both for hand surgeons and radiologists because of the small and complex anatomy.” (1)
When we see a patient who complains of pain from the elbow to the pinky, a flag goes up that says UCL! The ulnar collateral ligament is a main culprit in elbow problems in pitchers. Usually when a trainer discovers a UCL sprain or tear, often the result is “Tommy John” or elbow reconstruction surgery. But if you are not a pitcher, UCL causing pain can become a chronic problem because of the “standard of care.”
If elbow surgery is to be avoided, doctors agree that strengthening the elbow joint to provide stability and pain-free movement is the first priority. However doctors disagree on the methods for strengthening the elbow.
Many of our patients with elbow pain report that they tried the RICE treatment, Rest, ice, compression, elevation in conjunction with NSAIDS (Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) to help alleviate pain and swelling.
Once the swelling subsides, strength exercises are prescribed to strengthen the muscles in the elbow region to provide stability. This does not always work because the doctors are not prescribing anything to strengthen the ligaments.
In our office, we offer regenerative techniques that rebuild the ligaments: One treatment is Platelet rich Plasma Therapy.
“Presently, PRP use in tendon and ligament injuries has several potential advantages, including faster recovery and, possibly, a reduction in recurrence, with no adverse reactions described.” (2)
Elbow Ligament Problems? Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy
Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy is not a new therapy. For nearly two decades methods for utilizing blood plasma have been tested and researched. Many areas of medicine, including dentistry, neurosurgery, and orthopedics, have used PRP because of its valuable regenerative properties.
A Basic Understanding
Understanding platelet rich plasma means first understanding how the blood works. Blood is composed of four different components; plasma, red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. The platelets are the important part when it comes to PRP therapy. These are the body’s natural “first responders” upon suffering an injury. When the body feels pain, platelets are sent to the source in order to stop possible bleeding and create new tissue. Because these platelets are directly related to healing, injecting a high concentration of them into the body will stimulate new regeneration at a faster rate.
In order to receive PRP treatments it is necessary to give some blood at your injection appointment. This blood will then be placed into a centrifuge that works to separate the platelet rich components of the blood from the white and red blood cells. This is then injected into the injured area. People prefer this method of treatment because they are using their body’s own materials to naturally encourage healing. Natural healing is, of course, far preferred over invasive surgical procedures or endless prescriptions to painkillers.
Platelet rich plasma treatments have shown many positive effects. One of those effects is tissue regeneration, building stronger tendons and ligaments. PRP therapy also decreases inflammation, while also decreasing pain. It can even lead to increased bone density as the areas are strengthened.
1. Yamabe E, Nakamura T, Pham P, Yoshioka H. The Athlete’s Wrist: Ulnar-Sided Pain. Semin Musculoskelet Radiol. 2012 Sep;16(4):331-7. doi: 10.1055/s-0032-1327006. Epub 2012 Oct 9.
2. Taylor DW, Petrera M, Hendry M, Theodoropoulos JS. A systematic review of the use of platelet-rich plasma in sports medicine as a new treatment for tendon and ligament injuries. Clin J Sport Med. 2011 Jul;21(4):344-52.