Jigger's Elbow

I started jigging about 5 months ago,I hold/jig the rod with my right strong arm and wind with my left hand although I am not left handed,two weeks ago I started having pains in my right arm mainly around the elbow and on top of the arm below the elbow.
I don't seem to feel much pain when I am actually jigging, but a couple of days later the pain starts, it has not completely disappeared even after quite a few days rest, is this normal and will stop in time or do I need to do some form of exercise?
I am quite a slim guy and do not have arms like Popeye.

Anyone out there had any similar problems?

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I got the same pain

Sat, 2008-02-16 06:59

With a golf club, Griping was to hard-- Giving me pain in arm/elbow


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Far Flung. I would think ya

Sat, 2008-02-16 07:22

Far Flung. I would think ya may have a minor case of Tennis elbow going on your syptoms, try putting some gaffa tape around ya forearm ( 100mmto 150mm below ya elbow) tight before ya go out, and see how that works, You need to get on to it , it will get worse if ya leave it.

I have had it for a few months now, very hard to rest it when ya in the trade, but the gaffa tape really does work,I just put it on every morning before i start work then take it off when I finish 


hope this helps



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Yes I"m single!

Sat, 2008-02-16 13:39

"No worries", you meet a better class of woman when you use your right arm, Kylie Minogue, Charize Theron, Scarlett Johansson, who ever you wish, I've dumped that strange Angeline Jolie, too much Paparazzi and Brad was becoming a problem!
"Doctor Wally" your idea of strapping up my arm below the elbow sounds a good idea and I will give it a try, and "Sherbert" you may be right about me gripping the rod too hard, thanks for your ideas.

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I believe Wally is on the

Sat, 2008-02-16 13:47

I believe Wally is on the ball.

Sounds like the elbow. if you jig regularly after a while you figure out the economy of motion, and with appropriate gear you should rarely feel any muscle ache at all (exception - 500g+ jigs or after a long day with double digits of seriolas)

Have seen some older (no disrespect) guys wear one of those elbow thingies... word does not to come to mind at the moment. Strap perhaps? Similar to the one worn on knee or around the ankle. dont know if it helps personally, but just something to consider

dont forget to stretch.

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tennis elbow

Sun, 2008-02-17 11:46

you can buy the tennis elbow braces from the chemist.i use one for work and find it really helps

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Hi Ya,Have no idea whether

Sun, 2008-02-17 21:09

Hi Ya,

Have no idea whether Wally's idea will work or not, but I can guarantee that there will be no hair on your arm when you remove the tape. :-)))

What you have discribed sounds a hell of a lot like the pain I got several years after I started weight training.  I cannot be discribed as a 'slim guy' - 6' tall and 100kgs when training.  I managed to get 16.5" forearms and 21" bicepts.  I was training 6 - 8 hours per week and was shifting some pretty big weights, so I'd suggest it has nothing to do with you being a slim bloke. Also, given you have been jigging for 5 months, & I had been training for several years, I suggest it has little to do with 'stiffness' because you aren't used to the exercise.  With the wrist up, my pain was in the centre of the elbow (left to right) extending down into the forearm.  The only way I could get rid of it was to stop training, but as soon as I started again, the pain came back.  Didn't want to stop so went to a doctor my training partner's wife had visited.  Over several weeks he used pressure point treatment on my arm {which was more painful than the actual problem :-(( } which did correct it.  No more pain since.  Mind you, I have also stopped training as well, bu that was several years after the treatment.

As others have said, get it checked out.  Maybe send Alfred a PM.  He does corrective massage so might be able to book you in for some sessions and help you out.  Check with him first though.


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