What kind of deformation is this?

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  1. vil

    vil Semi-Pro

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    Hi folks
    I've been playing tennis for many years but past 3 years or so, I'm having problems with my left arm. Yes, I'm a lefty. I simply can't straighten my arm anymore. It's locked in about 20 degrees bend when fully stretched. I've been to a sport specialist, who couldn't find anything in x-rays nor the ultrasound. I'm 52 and still relatively fit. I can play but not with the same venom as I was able in the past. Though I only play once a week nowadays, after a long session of doubles, it starts hurting badly. I can't play without using a brace anymore. This is not the usual tennis elbow. Is anybody here experiencing the same? I was putting ice, heat and held low weight in my hand with my arm stretched in attempt to make it more straight but sadly if anything, it seems like the angle is greater than say 2 years ago.
    I can accept the fact it's simply a worn socket and there's nothing that can be done about it but how can this be proven?
     
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  2. Chas Tennis

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    Here are some links to some common injuries. See the elbow injuries.
    http://www.hopkinsortho.org/conditions_diseases.html

    Search also baseball injuries as pitching causes many elbow injuries.

    There are probably many possible causes. Stop stressing the elbow and farther injuring it. Injuries most likely require at least an X ray examination and a diagnosis by a well qualified sports medicine or orthopedic Dr.

    Don't diagnose or treat yourself from the internet. Mistakes could cost you.
     
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  3. goeblack

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    I have the same problem. I have had it for over 20 years. I too am a lefty. Truth is, if you are like me, it will not change back.
    I guess I would have faster serve and more reach if I did not have this but over wise I do just fine.

    Most likely you can recall it being sore at some time in the past.

    Bottom line it started as tendinitis.
     
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  4. movdqa

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    I have the problem where the arm will not straighten though it's more like 15 degrees. I do not have any pain issues playing tennis, lifting weights, etc. Mine is perfectly functional outside not being able to straighten it out. I assume that there's a tendon or ligament that is shortened or more restrictive that doesn't permit the arm to straighten out and it doesn't cause me any problems outside of noticing it when I do certain stretches.

    I have had several bouts of tennis elbow over the years and those might have been the cause. I have thought about getting it looked at but I go to the doctor about once every five years and this isn't enough of a problem for me to see one. It would be if it resulted in pain through use though.

    BTW, your arm pain and the inability to straighten it out completely might be unrelated. If I were you, I'd focus on changing my equipment or technique to see if that gets rid of the arm pain. An arm brace is a crutch which can lead to more damage. You should probably at least rest to get to the point where you don't need the arm brace to play and then work on technique and equipment to get rid of the pain after play.
     
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  5. LeeD

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    Could it be work related?
    I was a laborer for years, and a gardener after that. My left elbow is fine, because I don't use it for any lifting.
    My right is bent 20 degrees, hit's lock out with a thud, and will never straighten again.
    I remember the job that my right elbow started it's lockout. Lifted over 60 sheets of 5/8th sheetrock up one, then two, then 3 flghts of windig stairs, nailed up all the tico nails in 6 rooms, 2 floors, and humped all the framing wood required for a 3 story office.
    My rightie forehand is better, stronger, and more consistent than my lefty forehand. Volleys are very close.
    Alas, I can't hit a rightie backhand nor serve whatsover.
     
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