Tendonitis Repetitive Strain Injury from Baskin Robbins

by Adam Gabay
(Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

Hi Joshua,

I'm an 18 year old student going into university next year.

I've been working at my local Baskin Robbins scooping ice cream for 2 years; but this year I worked on free scoop day, which as you would imagine generates and endless line from the beginning of my shift to the end. I was scooping ice cream for 5 or 6 hours straight, and my wrists were killing me.

I took work off for a week, and the pain went away... so I went back to work.

It's now about 2 months after that, and the pain is coming back. It's the worst when I'm scooping, but whenever I strain my wrist (Climbing, excercising, even etc.) I aggravate it. Leaving work is NOT an option for me, as I NEED the money from this summer for university tuition. I looked for a new job and failed.

Please, can you help me decrease or hopefully stop my wrist pain?


Joshua Answers:

Hi Adam.

How are your wrist and forearms doing now?

Welcome to the wonderful world of Tendonitis!

Repetetive motion, a slow build up of tightness and pain, symptoms come and go and get worse and worse....that's the Pain Causing Dynamic.

It's safe to say that your muscle and connective tissue structures got tighter and tighter and a Process of Inflammation slowly built up and your body did it's best to handle things on auto-pilot.

then one day you scooped too much ice cream and it sent your Wrist Tendonitis dynamic over the edge.

Suddenly, your body was losing the battle and kicked into high defense mode, which means that you feel pain, and pain that doesn't particularly go away. Certainly not if you're using your hands.

The question is...are you actually injured? Or do you just hurt because your structures are too tight and irritated?

You definitely want to learn Process of Inflammation. Ironically, you work(ed) in an ice cream shop. Too bad you can't ice dip in the ice cream.

Ice Cream Dip!

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Oct 01, 2013
Me Tool.... 30 years later...baskin robbins tendonitis
by: Dory_A

So I worked at Baskin Robbins... in 1979-1981. I, too, ended up with tendonitis. Because I felt pain in my right arm back then, I chose to switch to the left arm and scoop with that. Yep.... got tendonitis in that arm too. The left arm rarely flares up now, 40 years later, but the right arm has been in pain, on and off, ever since.

Today, it hurts so badly i could cry. The pain radiates up from the muscle below my elbow all the way up to my shoulder... so badly that some days I cannot get my arm back to do up my bra!

I haven't been to the doctor since back in the 80's because they just kept giving me Motrin...

Has anything changed since then for treatment?

i'd love to be pain free ... Thanks a lot Baskin Robbins.


Joshua Comments:

Hi Dory.

Unfortunatelyy, no, hospital treatment hasn't changed in the past 40 years. It's just as ineffective now as it was then.

So, that's the joy of the Pain Causing Dynamic. Tendonitis is a dynamic, and once it's in place, unless one effectively reverses it, it just continues to progress, quickly or ever so slowly.

Overall, I'd suggest my Reversing Wrist Tendonitis ebook. Yo've got a 30 year old pain dynamic and structural changees. A tip or trick just isn't going to cut it for you.

There are multiple factors at play, and just giving you something to deal with one of them (like Magnesium For Tendonitis,while beneficial) isn't going to provide the results you really want. It will help, but I'd advise you to get the complete plan of attack.

The good news, it doesn't matter if the pain is a week old or 50 years old, it's entirely reversible with the right activities.

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