Need to gripe, need sympathy, or at least acknowledgement!

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  1. watermantra

    watermantra Rookie

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    I injured my elbow. Not playing tennis...snowboarding, of all things. I slightly hyper-extended it. This happened about ten days ago. Stupid.

    So I'm out for an undetermined time. I'm out until the pain subsides, which is deceptive because it doesn't hurt doing day to day tasks. But, I cannot even replicate a serve motion without a racquet in hand, much less serve a ball. When I swing a racquet imitating a groundstroke, there isn't much pain at all, but when I actually hit a ball there is lots. My tendency, as when I was younger, is to get really frustrated, try to come back too soon, aggravate the injury, and then to proceed through various phases of depression, anxiety, and giddy maniacal false optimism. I have to resolve myself to not even pick up my tennis racquets. I've even considered having someone hide them.

    Thing is, I had just come back to tennis in earnest after about a 7 year hiatus. I was just getting my timing back, and finding the pace and kick on my serve slowly inch back up, and remembering how much I love the feel of a crisp volley. Now, I'm relegated to watching old tennis torrents, hanging out on this forum, and trying my best to be patient.

    So you other old, "don't heal as fast as you used to" guys out there...help me out! I'm not alone, right?........right? For those old guys out there with a nagging injury...solidarity! You have my eternal sympathy.

    And of course the obligatory, "what else can I do to speed my injury" question should be asked...though I probably know the answers already, but don't want to accept them!
     
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  2. NotAtTheNet

    NotAtTheNet Semi-Pro

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    If its a strained tendon you might be in luck. Try to see if you can pinpoint the tendon by applying pressure to it and moving your arm. If you can isolate the correct tendon, you can use one of those aircast arm bands to keep pressure on that tendon to keep it down and preventing you from pain.
     
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  3. mary fierce

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    Learn to accept your limitations....snowboards are for 15 year olds, the rest of us are too brittle to take that kind of physical punishment.
     
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  4. watermantra

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    Thanks. Unfortunately, the pain is sort of all over the elbow area...hurts here in one position, there in another. Maybe as the days progress a clear and obvious residual pain will be telltale, and I can take appropriate action from there.

    Well, it was either try snowboarding or try skiing, both for the first time in my life. I figured that skiing had a much higher risk of knee and ankle damage, so I chose the former, being that my feet were locked into place! Hard to accept limitations, but maybe a necessary component of getting older! The injury actually was sort of freakish. I wasn't even going down the mountain when it happened. I was at the bottom of the slope having a conversation with another snowboarder, when I just sort of got knocked off balance and fell backwards. I wasn't even moving! It could have conceivably happened while doing any number of activities.
     
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  5. dtd82

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    limitations.............we ain't got no stinkin limitations..........(!)

    Good luck sitting out.....while it's the best idea, it sucks. Think cortisone........it's a wonder drug for those of us who push 50 with a 20's mindset. (just kidding, please see a responsible adult doctor before ingesting/injecting anything fun).
     
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  6. heartman

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    watch the tough stuff...

    Trauma takes all shapes and forms. Never an easy injury to deal with, but one certainly needs to rest the injured area(in your case, your elbow). You must take it easy until the pain subsides - that's your body telling you it's still injured. Take it easy - be patient - do what you can WHEN you can. Listen to your body - it'll let you know when you're ready to start exercise and more rigorous use.

    Again, patience is the key word here.
     
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  7. seb85

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    This is probably true. Have you been to a doctor or pt yet? i would go asap since its hard to tell if it is a real problem or just some bruising that will go away quickly without intervention.

    As for solidarity- i hear you! I've been recovering from injury for about 18 months now and am very nearly back to pain free. There is no doubt it is tough when you want to get out and do something. Just remember that you WILL get better with time and appropriate therapy.

    Good luck :)
     
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  8. stormholloway

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    People keep trying to get my into snowboarding. "You know what you're missing," they keep saying. Apparently I'm missing broken bones because nearly every friend of mine has broken an arm or clavicle.
     
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  9. watermantra

    watermantra Rookie

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    I gotta say, hurt elbow aside, it was a blast!
     
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  10. watermantra

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    I've seen my family doctor, but since I have good normal mobility and can do most daily tasks pain free, she just suggested the normal RICE and such. I was actually with a doctor friend when it happened, as well.

    Good on you for enduring the long recovery! Now I feel like a total whiner after my measly 10 days off:oops:
     
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  11. Rickson

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    Keep icing that elbow when you feel pain. When you're not feeling pain, try some strengthening exercises such as very light presses without locking the elbows.
     
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  12. Gmedlo

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    I wouldn't feel bad about getting the injury from something other than tennis... Last fall, I got a back injury that kept me off tennis for ~2 weeks (yeah, I'm young, short recovery) in the middle of my HS tennis season. Couldn't serve or hit forehands. Guess how I got it though? I sneezed. No joke. Sneezed while sitting with my back turned slightly, instant kink in my upper back.

    Definitely wait until you're fully recovered. Playing on it once or twice before it's healed is going to hurt your game more than help it with the extra time you'll have to take off afterwards.
     
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