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sweeedfish
02-19-2010, 07:17 PM
Anyone have/had it? What kind of things have worked for you to alleviate the pain? Only hurts when I hit hard serves or overheads.

sphinx780
02-20-2010, 07:47 AM
A few weeks of complete rest on the arm with an anti inflammatory to calm it down (like Aleve) should get you well on the road to recovery. Ice/Heat combo 20min on/20 min off is always helpful too.

Trying to play through it can be tricky b/c it will continue to exacerbate the issue and this can lead to the body making adjustments to try and protect the area with the possibility of creating other issues/injuries. Trust me, you don't want that.

Once you've gotten it healed up, you can start working on some throwers exercises to keep from repeating the issue:

http://www.asmi.org/SportsMed/media/thrower10.swf

jhp49
02-20-2010, 07:18 PM
Cho-pat has a new bicep/tricep cuff. I've been using the brace after weeks of rest, PT exercises, ice/heat, Aleve, etc. The cuff really seems to help and it doesn't hinder any of my strokes or serve. Here is a link to it. The actual size ran a little smaller than advertised.

https://secure.cho-pat.com/products/product.php?product_type=31

charliefedererer
02-20-2010, 07:42 PM
What kind of racquet and string/tension do you use?

You aren't also doing lots of curls by any chance?

sweeedfish
02-20-2010, 09:33 PM
Cho-pat has a new bicep/tricep cuff. I've been using the brace after weeks of rest, PT exercises, ice/heat, Aleve, etc. The cuff really seems to help and it doesn't hinder any of my strokes or serve. Here is a link to it. The actual size ran a little smaller than advertised.

https://secure.cho-pat.com/products/product.php?product_type=31

Definitely worth a try, anything to alleviate this pain going forward. Regarding string/racquet I've recently switched but have had this issue for the past several months until recently figuring out what it was.

ReopeningWed
02-20-2010, 09:41 PM
A few months ago, I my bicep suddenly started to hurt. It was a dull, annoying pain when I didn't do anything, but it'd be sharp if I tried to do anything intense like play tennis.
I just waited it out for a month, and eventually it healed by itself.

SystemicAnomaly
02-21-2010, 12:55 AM
Anyone have/had it? What kind of things have worked for you to alleviate the pain? Only hurts when I hit hard serves or overheads.

I assume that you referring to the upper biceps tendon that attaches to the shoulder rather than the lower tendon that attaches to the forearm, correct? If so, it is possible that you may also have a rotator cuff issue.

http://www.itendonitis.com/bicep-tendonitis.html

http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00026

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achokshi99
02-21-2010, 11:30 AM
If it's bicep tendonitis in the shoulder then the first thing would be that you take motrin (if u can tolerate it) 3x a day with a meal. Take two of them each time, so double the dosage with each meal 3x a day. do this for 7-10 days and see how you feel. If that doesn't really work, then you could consider a cortisone shot right into it, it was awesome for me.

I have had an inflamed biceps tendon in my right shoulder due from lifting and last March I went to a sports ortho, the cort shot was all I needed and have had no problems with my right shoulder in the gym or on the tennis courts.

My left shoulder has a frayed RC and the cort shot hasnt done anything so I've been doing RC exercises and it's been moderately helpful. You may need to do RC exercises in conjunction with the cort shot or ibuprofen.

sweeedfish
02-21-2010, 01:55 PM
A few months ago, I my bicep suddenly started to hurt. It was a dull, annoying pain when I didn't do anything, but it'd be sharp if I tried to do anything intense like play tennis.
I just waited it out for a month, and eventually it healed by itself.
I really don't have any pain doing anything unless I'm hitting serves/overheads. I can do weights, hit volleys and ground strokes just fine with no pain, I also play some golf and have no pain when doing that. I took about a month off from tennis back this last summer and upon playing again it came right back.


I assume that you referring to the upper biceps tendon that attaches to the shoulder rather than the lower tendon that attaches to the forearm, correct? If so, it is possible that you may also have a rotator cuff issue.

http://www.itendonitis.com/bicep-tendonitis.html

http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00026

Correct, its my upper tendon. What happens is it will pop after I hit a hard serve and from then on it will hurt with a sharp pain but as I continue to play through the pain it dulls. Afterwords I will ice it but later in the evening I really feel the pain and the next day I can almost not put my arm in the air.

If it's bicep tendonitis in the shoulder then the first thing would be that you take motrin (if u can tolerate it) 3x a day with a meal. Take two of them each time, so double the dosage with each meal 3x a day. do this for 7-10 days and see how you feel. If that doesn't really work, then you could consider a cortisone shot right into it, it was awesome for me.

I have had an inflamed biceps tendon in my right shoulder due from lifting and last March I went to a sports ortho, the cort shot was all I needed and have had no problems with my right shoulder in the gym or on the tennis courts.

My left shoulder has a frayed RC and the cort shot hasnt done anything so I've been doing RC exercises and it's been moderately helpful. You may need to do RC exercises in conjunction with the cort shot or ibuprofen.
I've heard good stories and bad stories about cort shots with what they can do to your tendon. I will give the motrin a try and see what it does. I think I may also try that cho pat bicep cuff and see if it can help.

mikeler
02-21-2010, 02:10 PM
I would go the cortisone route as a last option. Try some physical therapy plus rest first.