Discussion in 'Health & Fitness' started by 2ndServe, Mar 18, 2012.
nagging me for a long time, wondering if anyone else has this.
It's mainly an overuse injury, so there's not much you can do besides take some time off. I'm going through the same thing with my knee, just a slightly different problem. I tried just playing less for the past month or so, and while it's not getting worse it's not getting better so I'm taking 2-3 weeks off before I cause any permanent damage. Hard to do, but I'm using this time to work on my fitness and my serve.
Rest, so it doesn't progress to stage 3 or stage 4:
In stage III, the patient's pain is sustained, and performance and sport participation are adversely affected. Though discomfort increases, therapeutic measures similar to those described above should be continued along with not participating in activities that may worsen or prevent recovery from the injury. Relative rest for an extended period (for instance 3 to 6 weeks) may be necessary in stage III. Often, the athlete will be encouraged to continue an alternative cardiovascular and strength-training program.
If the condition does not improve with treatment, surgery may be considered. Some athletes will not be able to continue to participate in activities that worsen or prevent recovery from the problem.
Tendon rupture requires surgical repair."
Ice is often helpful to relieve symptoms.
Once the pain has diminished, the following exercises can begin:
[Click on the above link for a description of how to do each exercise.]
You will see some tennis players wearing a jumper's knee strap for symptomatic relief.
But don't persist in playing in pain, because the band won't do anything to decrease the inflammation, and again... you don't want to let this become a chronic pain problem (Stage 3) or suffer a tendon rupture (Stage 4).
Hope you get better soon!
I use one of these...
take anti-inflammatories and went to a physical therapist to learn some exercises to help reduce/eliminate the issue.
Rest does not always fix the problem.
Eccentric exercises targeting the quad muscles is the most effective rehab.
The best medical solution is prolotherapy.
... also be careful with antiinflammatories or icing. It is effective while the injury is still acute, however if you are using these for more than a short period of time, it can actually prevent the tendon tissue from healing and remodeling properly.
what he said.
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