tendinitis X3

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  1. 16

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    well since i have had tendinitis is 3 places in 3 years i thought i would ask the question why? I stretch i ice(even go to the extreme and take icey showers after working out). The most recent one puzzles me more than the others. Istarted squating and biking again, did them both in one day so i decided to take a few days off(i didnt want to over do it after a 6-7 month shoulder tendinits lay off). So as the days progress it gets worse and worse untill its unwalkable on(all the days off i did nothing). This post is basically a release of my anger but if anyone can answer my question i would love to here it.

    some other info on me: 1)vitamins i take=glucosomine,multi-vitamin(centrum),bromium(stuff in pinnaple),vitamin b and b6(i think).
    2)no one in my family has had tendinits but me
    3) i use the 6.0 95 strung with gut
    4) a few years ago i didn't but know i don't over play and always give my body a day rest after a few days of playing.
    5)i'am 19... my tendinits started at 16. so i have missed out on half of my highschool tennis and am now sitting on the bench watching my college team play every weekday.
    As usual all the ortho's and pt's just say wow,your like a old man, some ppl are just that way, or some other insignificant answer when i ask them why.

    thanks for listening, 16
     
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  2. TheRed

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    And your recent tendinitis is in your knees?
     
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  3. Marius_Hancu

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    Questions:

    - how many reps were you using in that series when your pain restarted during your weight lifting? was that a personal record? if not, how much was it of your PR for that machine/exercise?

    - was that your first day back to exercising?

    - which exactly were/are places where you have had tendonitis (I understand shoulder is one of them)

    - are you a heavy computer user? how many hrs a day? (honest)

    - are your muscles in good shape? working out regularly in the last 3 years?

    - are you somehow overweight (weight, height)?

    - are you very thin, or well muscled?

    - which tension do you have on the strings?

    - your "gut" is it "natural gut"?

    - are you stretching your arms and shoulders during the day, independently of playing tennis? this could help in reducing the muscle and tendon tensions

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    - 6.0 95 with gut seems to me a good choice, but one never knows, you should try other rackets, even I don't think it's there

    - I don't think glucosamine helps with tendonitis, I think it only helps with cartilage problems, but perhaps I'm wrong, even if I am using it
     
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  4. 16

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    I'am naturally build slimmer than the advarage, while saying that i feel i'am well toned. My sports before tennis were hockey, basketball, and a bit of wresling. I have been working out and conditioning for many years. This was not my 1st day back, because of my shoulder injury all i could do its run and do other leg exercises. The wrist tendinitis i feel i'am over despite a little pain once in a while. besides typing a report i'am not on the computer more than lets say 45 min a day(a lot less when i'am playing tennis which i haven't been able to do since about may 2004). The tendinits in my knee was primarly located in the front bottom right(under the knee cap(the tendoon that runs from the back of the leg to the front of the knee). I got a mri on all 3 when the injries occured. My most recent injury (knee) came back negative on the mri(negative meaning no tear) so my ortho beleives its some soft tissue injury (tendinitis). My ortho's all told me the same things on all my injuries "it will heal in w/in 6-8 weeks and they gave me permission to play because it won't hurt it any worse according to them. Well after my wrist and shoulder injury i knew that is BS at least for me, so since lets say dec 5 2004 i have been doing as little as posssible on my knee(icing, stretching, ultra sound ,ect)....Well here i am now and its not ven close to being healed. For example i went decided to ttry to touch my toes yesterday and since then i have been in pain. To the natural gut question: i normaly use a multi like tecnifibre nrg strung around the mid but when i'am feeling sore i do use natural gut.
    Do i stretch? way more than most do. I stretch before, after inbetween, and at home. I'am not very flexable naturaly by any standard(ex=it took about a month of after i started yoga last year to get my hams flexable enough to touch my toes.
     
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  5. Marius_Hancu

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    One thing I'd recommend you is to play on clay, as opposed to HC. Being in CA, you should have this choice.

    Something else: if you like swimming, I'd suggest the water as a very good medium for rehab and general conditioning, as opposed to running on asphalt. It's much milder to your body.

    If you run, run on grass, not on asphalt.

    Also, I'd suggest you more stationary bike or elliptical machines as opposed to treadmills.

    The stationary bike should tell you where you are in terms of knees and will reinforce the area. Just use it gradually in terms of resistance, duration, etc. Don't do anything more difficult until the previous parameters were OKed by your body.

    In terms of weights: should you have access to machines activated by air (pneumatic) as opposed to relying on pure weights (plate loaded), that would be preferable, as the shock of applying the weight to your body is more gradual.

    Make a habit of having a warmup series at 60-70% of your intented target for the day. At least 6-8reps in that warmup series.

    Also, for your main lifting series (after warmup), go for 12 reps, as opposed to 8, and for very good slow form (2 sec on the active part, 3-4 sec on the passive part). Work only with weights which allow you to keep great form until the end of a series.

    Come back in several months and tell us how you're doing. Good luck.
     
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    O I would love to play on clay its more of my style but we do not have any soft courts around santa maria. I have been working w/ a trainer on my form(when working out), everyone i talk to says it good. I never do any weights in which i cant do more than 12 reps a set. I like some of your suggestions most i can do expect the court change. Thanks for your help Marius Hancu
     
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    16 sometimes in cases of tendonitis you can actually make the problem worse by stretching..i know that seems counter intuitive, but serious stretching can actually be damaging your tendons rather than helping them..gentle stretching of the problem area should be fine..tendons are different than muscles and dont respond in the same manner as muscles do to stretching..i went through this with a very chronic case of achilles tendonitis and was actually causing damage rather helping by stretching...you may wish to take a non steroidal anti inflammatory until the problem goes away, and keep icing the moment you complete your workout. as a warmup for tennis, i like to play mini tennis for the first 5 minutes..thats very gentle and gets you ready for play.
     
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    thanks nobadmojo, unfortunitly i'm probably doing everything i can. And by unfortunitly i mean there doesn't seem to be many more ways to help prevent another injury or help this one heal faster. I guess i'm just a slow healing injury prone person. Sorry for rambling on its just tennis is a huge part of my life(2nd to family) and everytime i seem to be doing good, getting better, having some success i get another brick wall to climb over and am forced to restart. Probably the most frustrating part is seeing guys using hyper hammers, not stretching before or after tennis, using horrible technique, our out of shape and getting away with it.
    You make a good point about stretching too hard i try to go lighter on it and see how that goes...16
     
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