Tennis Elbow?

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  1. Sox Fan

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    Played for a couple of hours last Saturday and felt great. Next day my elbow hurt like heck when I moved it in certain ways and still hurts. Pretty severe, sharp pain that happens from odd things like shaking a salt shaker, washing my hair, etc.

    Never had tennis elbow before. Is this it?

    Anything I can do but rest it?
     
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  2. mikeler

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    Did your elbow hurt at all after playing?
     
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    Nope. That's the weird part. Never had elbow issues either.

    This was the third time player over the past thre weeks after a long layoff (about one year).
     
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    By location, is it more likely tennis or golfer's elbow?

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    Irregardless, rest is the initial treatment.

    Rest is the R in RICE.

    Ice, Compression (an ace or elbow strap) and Elevation (usually not needed) can all help the initial symptoms, even though they will not speed healing.


    Patience is key.

    We are used to minor muscle soreness improving quickly.

    IF ... this is golfer's/tennis elbow tears in the tendon are present.
    Tendon heals VERY SLOWLY, as it takes a lot of time for the body to lay down new protein strands, then to weave them all together like a cable or rope - the microscopic structure of tendons.

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    If you return to soon, you risk the inflammation resulting in the tendon fibers not healing properly - resulting in a degenrative scarred and shriveled tendon - a process known as tendonosis.

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    Don't let this turn into a nagging injury that bothers you for months - even years! (Check out the multiple other tennis elbow threads here on TT and prepare to be shocked how in some this becomes a curse.)


    If based on this and your other reading this seems like tennis elbow, then after resting until the pain essentially goes away, many/most benefit from using the Theraband Flexbar http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zB3TVb8a5mk
    Do the "Tyler Twist" exercise in the above video with the red flexbar.

    The red Flexbar is designed NOT to put a lot of stress on the slowly healing tendon fibers - you aren't really increasing strength at this stage - you are keeping the fibers gliding past one another, so the whole area doesn't get all "glued" together as part of the inflammatory process.

    [Obviously if the area is not improving, see a doctor.]


    After you can do the red Flexbar without any pain, it is time to graduate to the green Flexbar where you will do some actual strengthening.
    Having he forearm muscles stronger can help prevent the all-too-often early recurrence that bothers so many.


    Return to tennis should be gradual - no bashing at first - and keep the initial session short and gradually increasing the session.
    You don't want to disrupt all the healing and have to start all over from square one.



    Most find that using soft (natural gut) strings and a flexible frame lets them return to tennis earlier, and decreases the chance of a recurrence.


    Are you sure there are no problems with your technique that contributed to problem?


    [I hate to say it, but after an even longer layoff, other arm/shoulder problems are common once the season starts - you may want to consider doing the Thrower's Ten Exercises to prevent other common overuse injures common to tennis players, and is likely the regimen all the pitches on the Sox use. http://www.muhlenberg.edu/pdf/main/athletics/athletic_training/throwers10.pdf ]


    I hope this helps.

    Good luck!


    PS. One question.
    Red or black?
    Sox, that is.
    (Go Sox!)
     
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    Red Sox - native Bostonian living ithe ******* now.

    Thanks for the detailed response. Funny, it is feelin better today. Odd - it felt like someone was driving an icepick into it a handful of times the past few days when I moved it certain ways. Not much today. Pinched nerve?
     
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    Red Sox - native Bostonian living in the ******* now.

    Thanks for the detailed response. Funny, it is feelin better today. Odd - it felt like someone was driving an icepick into it a handful of times the past few days when I moved it certain ways. Not much today. Pinched nerve?
     
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  9. charliefedererer

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    Great video!

    I've added it to my favorites.
     
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  10. charliefedererer

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    Usually, but not always, with pinched nerve there is pain, numbness or tingling spreading well down from where the nerve is compressed.

    If the pain was fairly localized, this is less likely a pinched nerve.



    Perhaps this painful episode is a harbinger for things to come this year.

    I fear all Red Sox fans could be in for a painful summer.

    Pitchers and catchers report to Florida in 11 days.

    The equipment truck is leaving Fenway even earlier, and the question is whether again this year it will be full of chicken and beer.

    I think not, as John Farrell likely will run a tight ship.

    It's just a pity he doesn't have a better crew.

    Are you reading Terry Fancona's book?

    Ahh ... the good old days - hope you appreciated the 2004 - 2007 run.

    Hope the next one doesn't take 88 years.
     
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    Now, THAT is funny.
     
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