Tendonitis/Tennis Elbow

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    Sep 17, 2007 12:51 AM GMT
    I suffer from "Tennis Elbow"/Tendonitis frequently. Though I dont play tennis...It is so painful and I cant use my arm often for most weight lifting exercises...What can I do to prevent it...and if I get it again, what treatment can I engage in. Ive been to a sports medicine doc...he was no help...ive opted to just rest it in the past...but it takes months of rest and I lose mass and muscularity...Any suggestions?
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    Sep 17, 2007 5:52 AM GMT
    I suffer from tendonitis as well... but that's from playing an instrument. Unfortunately the only way I've been able to get rid of it is by taking a month long break or so.

    It also helps to ice the area after prolonged use (no heat!), as well as refraining from typing on the computer as much, and physical therapy.
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    Sep 17, 2007 11:18 AM GMT
    I have tendinitis in my left knee. Ice and ibuprofen are a good combination. If you can, get to a physical therapist. Ironically, you'll need to learn exercises to strengthen the joint.
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    Sep 17, 2007 4:00 PM GMT
    The "alternative" view is a build up of acid in the system. Regularly taking cider vinegar tablets is supposed re alkaline the system and fix it. Worked for me though it took three months but never had it since.
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    Sep 17, 2007 4:13 PM GMT
    I also suffered from tennis elbow, the pain really slowed me down. My workout partner helped me out though. His dad showed him something that worked for me. Two thumb lengths up your arm from your wrist on the top, (like you were shaking someones hand). Message it at that point. I did this for a week every day and it worked. The pain went away. Hope it works for you too.
    Joe
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    Sep 17, 2007 4:35 PM GMT
    yeah....thats exactly where the pain has been...thanks man...
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    Dec 07, 2008 1:51 AM GMT
    I've had tendonitus from working on assembly line. They were always concerned if we went under the "rate" (so many pieces per hour, minute, whatever it was). But, they didn't mind if it was too fast. I remember my boss saying "It won't kill you."
    Well over 15 years later, every time I lift weights or do any physical work, and my arms and hands feel like they're going to break, I still remember that remark. icon_mad.gif
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    Dec 07, 2008 2:06 AM GMT
    Oh we learned about this a while back in my biomechanics class.. also known as lateral epicondylitis.

    Basically you need to work on your hand positioning on the racket, as the higher or lower you move your hand, the lever arm changes and can affect the torque imposed on the joints and muscles. Each person is different, so depending on your hand positioning, some conditions do or don't occur, and also you may have an overstrung racket.
    My suggestion would to do eccentric wrist extensor strengthening. Work on your backhand (off center shots, too much wrist flexion) You should also lift items with your palm facing your body. Stretch often.

    if need be, go see a physician if it gets too bad.. or rather, preferably a Physical Therapist
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    Dec 08, 2008 4:09 PM GMT
    you can get something called an "epi-clasp" its basically a support especially for tennis elbow that compresses the wrist extensors at the elbow to help give you support during lifting....i use it personally and find that it makes a massive difference. Also if you have a topical heat cream, massage it into the forearm muscles quite vigorously and it should help relax the muscles