View Full Version : Tennis elbow in both elbows?

11-11-2009, 10:43 AM
anybody ever have tennis elbow in both elbows? I have a 2 handed backhand, and for the 1st time in playing tennis for 7 years now I think i have TE in both elbows...I'm using a prince blackout blake racquet w/full luxilon bb alu rough, i never had it when using my tecnifibres...but i play so much better w/this racquet.

so anybody out there ever have TE in both elbows? any advice to heal it would be appreciated as well, are there certain exercises to help it?

hifi heretic
11-11-2009, 10:54 AM
Yes, me! ..I got it in my left arm after about 6 years of golfing, then, after giving that up and picking up tennis, I got it in my right arm within 1 year. ...I'm sorry to say that I ended up needing surgery in both cases after trying rehab, prolotherapy, cortisone, etc..

The culprit?? Well, in the case of the left it was probably banging the golf club into plastic mats at driving ranges (I have a pretty steep swing). As for the right arm, I don't know for sure. ..I played tennis in high school and have - as confirmed by pros - very sound form. And I tried every imaginable racquet (heavy and flexible is claimed to be best) and string combination.

My doc suggested that it could have been years of weight-lifting that may have predisposed me OR the fact that I am naturally pretty muscular and my forearm muscles are very "taut" even when my arms are at rest. He said that this means my forearm muscles are constantly tugging the tendon from the attachment point on the elbow. ..Another factor may have been years of poor arm positioning while typing on a laptop computer.

My recommendation is to rest rest rest. and do not resume tennis until the pain is totally gone. ..Do NOT USE ANY NSAIDS or cortisone shots as they serve only to deaden the pain while doing nothing to actually treat the injury. Using them is absolutely counter-productive. They'll reduce the pain allowing you to further exacerbate the problem.

11-11-2009, 12:13 PM
It shouldn't be that suprising since the majority of the total number of people with "tennis elbow" don't even play tennis.

11-11-2009, 02:31 PM
Yup, got it on both quite a few years back. It was due primarily to weight lifting. I was doing a lot of triceps work and more chest work than I had ever done in the past. I may have been gripping the bars too tightly when executing these exercises. The TE was a bit worse in my racquet arm.

I got another case of TE in my non-racquet arm early in the year (during rainy season). I had spent nearly an hour sweeping and squeegeeing off wet tennis courts one night. Felt the TE the next day.

11-12-2009, 03:45 AM
ive heard its not uncommon while rehabbing one arm for te you get te in the other arm because that arm is being asked to do alot more than it used to

Sam F
11-08-2010, 10:01 AM
Sorry, know this is an old post but I just came across it. I’m a 4.5-ish player trying to get back into the game after about 18 years and shoulder surgery 3 years ago. My shoulder seemed to be doing better, but I got TE in both arms following playing a tournament this summer. Know I played more then than in years and was nervous so I muscled the ball rather than using a loose & relaxed swing. I tried practicing a few times since after the tournament and the elbow pain is become worse.

I know the rules about flex, string types, string tension, swing weight, and shock. Accordingly I use a Fischer M Pro No. 1 98 SL (flex 58, strung weight 11.8 oz, sw 317, and 7 points head light), Babolat Racquet Vibration System Dampener (RVS), and Pacific Classic Natural Gut 17 at around 50 lbs.

Since then I've tried a massage therapist & his exercises and another round of rehab with the PT. I may be a bit better, but there's still a long ways to go.

Saw a new sports medicine doctor w/ played Div 1 tennis. He said there's nothing wrong w/ my strokes and to try cortisone followed by either PRP or prolotherapy and either his strength and conditioning coach or another round of PT. I saw the s&c coach and have done a week or his initial recovery program (3-4 hours each day). Think am about to schedule the prolotherapy and start seeing the coach on a regular basis.

I hope this helps and that you're feeling better!

11-08-2010, 05:08 PM
whoever said cortisone shots don't do anything is crazy. they reduce swelling so much it's amazing.
Both arms could be caused by weightlifting and non-tennis activities. using a computer can do it, don't place your wrists on the edge while typing, keep your elbow off the chair armrest.
too small/large of a grip can be a problem with the racquet.
form is a big one, if you're muscling everything back that could probably have caused it.

I also have arm problems, if your arm/hand starts going numb at all, usually in the pinky/ring finger first, it's ulnar tunnel not tennis elbow.
I had arm problems forever and every doctor told me it was TE, eventually went to an upper-body specialist and found out it was ulnar tunnel.

11-12-2010, 07:02 AM
I don't why I never have tennis elbow problems. What I do is to take some breaks between matches. I do warm up my wrist before matches.

11-20-2010, 07:00 PM
I don't why I never have tennis elbow problems. What I do is to take some breaks between matches. I do warm up my wrist before matches.

Do you have a 1-handed BH? 2-handed BH players do not develop it as often.

The wrist is a joint. You could get the synovial fluid lubricating the wrist somewhat but you may actually be warming up your forearm muscles and tendons more than anything else.

11-20-2010, 07:07 PM
Don't laugh, but I gave myself TE in my left elbow about two weeks ago while . . . I said not to laugh! . . . making my bed. I dunno. I just twisted it or something.

Then there's the fact that I've been working on my 2HBH a lot lately. Oh, and there were a lot of leaves to be raked also.

I'm going to rest as much as I can this week and see if it will resolve.

Frank Silbermann
11-24-2010, 04:17 AM
I've had that. First a year ago from hitting one-handed backhands off both sides, and then this summer from hitting left- and right-handed serves.