Rotator Cuff Tendonitis

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  1. wilsonplayer

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    I was diagnosed two years ago with rotator cuff tendonitis in my right shoulder. It has been a constant battle to try and cure the tendonitis while continuing to improve my my tennis game ( I am a 5.0 17 year old junior). However, I feel that as I go into this summer, I should take a break and really just get it completely healed, and hope that maybe I can start playing again in the winter and train extra hard to play tennis in college. My doctor says that I almost certainly will not tear the rotator cuff if i keep playing. What do you guys think? The obvious choice is "duh stop playing" but I want to improve so that I can play college tennis. Anybody have any suggestions as to if I can keep balancing tennis and my injury or to stop all together? thanks
     
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  2. xnarek

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    Haha you're in the exact same situation as i am in. U were 15 when you injured it, and i'm 15 now.
    I'm gonna go to the doctor Friday, if its 2 months, ill take the stupid break. If its 5 months, ill keep playing injured.
    Though it might be good for you to stop now and wait for it to heal, since in collage the people there hit hard and it will hurt you even more.

    By the way, how long did you're doctor say it would take for it to heal? 2 months?(you mentioned summer)
    Its dependent on you're answer( how long it takes for it to heal ) and also what the doctor says if you do this...>> If you hit from the middle of the court to you're partner who is in the middle as well for 15 minutes. Hit very slowly, just show you're style.

    -B/W hows you're serve?
     
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  3. themitchmann

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    Take some advil and quit crying ;)
     
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  4. backhand

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    Your tendonitis will begin to affect your mechanics, if it hasn't already. All the ibu in the world won't make it go away, but it will keep you playing until you reach your new, higher pain threshold and then are seriously screwed up.

    So be wise: Give up playing until the pain goes away. Should only take a month or so at your age. Then go get some PT. No that doesn't mean doing 250 benches on your own. It means a real therapist, little hand weights in movements that strengthen and stretch your rotator cuff. Be patient and rehab yourself slowly enough that you'll still be enjoying the game in two years. Otherwise your plans for college tennis won't mean squat anyway. Just my .02...
     
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  5. themitchmann

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    wilsonplayer knows I was just kidding. Rest is really the smartest thing to do.
     
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  6. xnarek

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    Ha Advil didnt work at all for me :p
    Backhand thats good advice i dono about wilson but ill follow that. You think 30-40 minutes of very slow wall hitting will effect how fast it heals, or affect it healing AT ALL?

    Oh and by the way, will the pain really become worser? i mean look at Rodick* , he serves like a monster and is still playing through the pain right?
     
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  7. wilsonplayer

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    thanks mitchmann!!! you're a life saver!

    but really backhand thank you and that is what i plan on doing
     
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  8. Nellie

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    Some thoughts -

    Rest for a while - at least stop serving. Warning - often, for every month you have pain, you will need to rest two months (so for you, you may need to rest over a year)!

    During the rest, do exercises to strengthen your rotator. Go to rehab at least for a little while to learn the exercises

    go see a good coach and check out your serve- often rotator cuff tendonitis comes from serving too far over head, instead at a 3/4 slot
     
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  9. themitchmann

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    Yes, a good coach will help with your service technique...I don't really know any in the area though.
     
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  10. xnarek

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    2 months? .... It really sucks since its summer doesn't it?
     
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