Elbow pain while using Prestige S
Hello guys. Well I've been playing with the prestige for a couple of months now... The problem is i've been experiencing some pain in the elbow and i've stopped 3 times for 1/2 weeks each time. Right now is the third and I've been resting for 4 weeks. What can it be?
It likely is "tennis elbow" or "golfer's elbow". [Yes, golfer's elbow is quite common in tennis players.]
Which tendon insertions have the small tears determines whether it is tennis or golfer's elbow.
With the palm up, "tennis elbow" occurs from tears in the tendons on the outside (lateral aspect) of the elbow, while golfer's elbow occurs on the inside (medial aspect) of the elbow.
Tendons are the strong fibrous tissue at the ends of muscle that attach a muscle to bone.
Tennis and golfer's elbow are overuse injuries.
Bashing a tennis ball involves extraordinary force being exerted to the tendons inserting to the bones at the elbow.
Tiny tears develop in the tendons.
The body is busy healing these tiny tears by laying down protein fibers to fill in the defects.
But if you play too much, especially if you use a stiff racquet and/or strings, the body can't keep pace with filling in the small tears with new protein strands.
More and more tears occur.
Your tendon looks like this:
Inflammation is the first stage in healing.
Inflammation gets our attention because pain is involved, but pain is just a byproduct of the chemicals (cytokines) being released to stimulate new protein strands to be made.
The main job of inflammation is to stimulate those new protein strands to be made to plug the tears.
Stopping to play for a few days often makes the pain somewhat better.
But a few ways is way to short for any real healing to occur.
The new protein strands being laid down look under the microscope a lot like the strands in spider's web.
It is only after these strands become cross linked and remodeled by the body do they form enough strength to withstand the forces involved in bashing the fuzzy yellow ball.
[Collagen is the name we give to the protein strands when they are organized to look more like rope or cable, and tendons are made up of bands of collagen.]
So do yourself a favor and rest from tennis for a few weeks to let the process become started.
Buy a red Flexbar and do the "Tyler Twist" exercise to slowly start to rehab, and to invoke the very light mechanical load on the tendon that will help to orient the direction the protein strands will become organized into.
Thera-Band FlexBar Video Demonstration http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zB3TVb8a5mk
If it hurts using the Flexbar, wait longer for more healing to begin before starting the exercises again.
Only after you have been doing the exercises for a few weeks without pain should you consider returning to tennis.
Otherwise you will tear asunder all the healing that has already happened, the tears will reopen, and you will have to go through the whole process all over again.
I hope this helps.
[By the way, what type of strings do you use? Do you do off court conditioning of any kind? The Prestige S has a fairly good flex rating (63), so I doubt this is the main problem. Still, there are even softer frames out there if the problem persists, like the ProKennex Heritage Type C Redondo Mid with a flex rating of 56. And are you sure there are no problems in your technique leading to undo stress at the elbow?]
It could be your form, but nowadays, more and more elbow problems are happening because of the newest equipment. If you're an advanced player, and you haven't had elbow problems in the past, then your form is ok. Your racquet is probably not the problem. If you are using dead poly strings, that's very likely to be the problem.
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what strings and what tension are you running?
thanks for the answers guys. i have on the website a video of me playing so you can check it out. i'm doing an MRI tomorrow and i'll see exactly what's wrong with me... i haven't played for two and a half months which sucks but i've been working out in the gym 3 times a week. my strings vary from black code 1.24 at 26/25 and sonic pro 1.25 at 26/25. sometimes i reduce to 25/24 and 24/23 (rarely)
btw: I really appreciate all the work you've put in to answer my problem!
if anyone could tell me what could have caused this, i would appreciate...
i normally lift nowadays but didnt' when i stopped (i haven't been playing since november 1st), so i can't tell you if it aggravates...
BTW, i did the MRI and the doctor says he can't be sure cause he has to wait for the report from the radiologist but he says it might be TE... bumper :(
how long do you really need to stop playing tennis normally to heal TE? and if i do what recovery can i do to make sure this doesn't happen again?
Research also the difference between tendinitis (with inflammation) and tendinosis (with defective healing). See
But in general, a period of rehab to build up strength (and test out the injury in a less demanding way than tennis) is the way to go.
Many have found using the Theraband Flexbar as suggested in my post above to be very helpful in returning from tennis elbow without an early recurrence. (The radial motion of the Tyler Twist seems to be a particularly helpful exercise.)
Once one is able to exercise without pain a gradual return to tennis is recommended - start with short hitting sessions without serving, and gradually lengthen the sessions.
Returning with a soft (multifilament or gut) in your frame also lessens the chances for an early recovery. Many find they actually like this set up. Others find that they eventually can play with a hybrid. Trying to get back to a full poly set up too soon (if ever) gives the highest chance for an early recurrence.
Two words... "Natural Gut"
I used to hit with a stiff light weight racquet with old nylon and/or poly for 30-45 min at a time and my elbow hurt so bad I could barely put it on the steering wheel to drive home. After giving proper time off to heal and switching to natural gut (even in a Bab PD strung at 62#) plus a vibration dampner I have no issues at all.
A friend who is a PT with a PHd says some cases of TE can take 6 months (of no tennis) to heal.
Hope you feel better soon!
If your doc determines it is TE and you want to speed up the healing process, try ultrasound treatment. It really accelerates the healing process. A former co-worker of mine got TE from repairing his roof after a hurricane. He did no treatment and it took 6 months to go away on its own.
Skimming the last few posts I see other posters' remarks corroborating my own experience with TE--it took me about 6 months of never playing before the symptoms finally went away on their own. That's how long it took my body to heal itself of the TE that I am positively convinced I acquired solely by using polyester strings in my newer Prestige. Same frame a year later only this time it has a full be soft nylon instead of even just half a bed of poly and, voila, I have had no arm issues whatsoever since making the switch.
hey guys. thanks for the answers. i experience no pain and never have unless when i played tennis... since i haven't been playing since 1 november, i haven't had any pain.
my doctor will tell me what i have for sure next week.
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