Dealing with Mild Triceps Tendonitis?

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  1. VeeSe

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    Hi all,

    I have had triceps tendonitis for a few months now, but there is no pain. After playing, it is just pretty tender, and worse on some days than on others. I believe that this may have started when I switched from my previous racquet, the LM radical OS, to my current racquet, the IG radical MP. My versions of the IG are significantly heavier than the LM version (0.3-0.4 oz heavier, higher swingweight), and if you combine that with serving, that's where I think the problem began. If I shank a serve, I feel it in my elbow, although it doesn't hurt.

    Afterwards, I am icing for 20 minutes and sometimes wearing a compression band (tennis elbow band but around the other side of the elbow). It has not really gotten worse in 3 months or so, but it hasn't gotten better either. What should I do differently, if anything?
     
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  2. mikeler

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    Go back to your previous racket.
     
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    Do Tricept exercises.
     
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  4. Chas Tennis

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    Diagnosing a new injury from the internet is risky.

    If you have tendinitis, playing on it for 3 months seems very risky for developing tendinosis.

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1122566/

    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=442912

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3445129/

    Also, since tendon injuries are similar, search tennis elbow and golfer's elbow on this forum and especially look for the Charlie Federerer illustrations, descriptions, healing times, etc.
    Search: Tennis Elbow + Charlie Federerer, etc.

    Exercises and stretches are very questionable for injured tendons unless directed by a well-qualified Dr and supervised by a physical therapist.

    Best to see a well-qualified Dr and get a good diagnosis.
     
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  5. VeeSe

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    It's weird because a day after playing, all signs are gone, with no tenderness whatsoever. Also, I can load weight on the triceps with not much problem. I can still do sets of 40-50 pushups and tricep curls and not feel anything there.
     
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  6. mikeler

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    Ultrasound therapy worked great on my triceps tendons. It worked much quicker than on my golfer's elbow.
     
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  7. Chas Tennis

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    Why do you think that your injury is triceps tendinitis?
     
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  8. VeeSe

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    Well, I may be wrong, but that's where I'm feeling it in my elbow when I shank a serve. It's in the part of the elbow where the triceps tendon is, but if you have any other suggestions as to what it could be, I'm all ears. When I feel it, it doesn't really hurt, but it is a bit annoying. Doesn't come on anything besides the serve for the most part, and if I hit the serve in the sweet spot, I am fine most of the time, as in nothing noticeable there.
     
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  9. Chas Tennis

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    You need a firm diagnosis. Internet possibilities can be very risky.

    You should stop playing and stressing your unknown injury.

    I've never had this ligament injury and have no medical training -

    http://www.hopkinsortho.org/ucl.html

    There are many other complex possibilities that all need a Dr's diagnosis, nerves issues,......

    http://www.hopkinsortho.org/conditions_diseases.html

    If you are in your teens there are additional special developmental issues related to growth, growth plate injuries, etc.

    Also, any exercises and stretches that - after the needed rest - might correct your problem are very tricky. It it is easy to strengthen or stretch the wrong muscle and make things worse.

    Example, I had done seated leg abductions at the gym for some years. During physical therapy to correct a hip posture issue the physical therapist said to do standing leg abductions because it works a different muscle - the muscle that we wanted to strengthen.
     
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