Please help with elbow tendonitus

Discussion in 'Health & Fitness' started by BjornBorg, Aug 9, 2008.

  1. BjornBorg

    BjornBorg Banned

    Jul 14, 2005
    I lift weights, I've gone to a softer string and a less stiff racket. I do wrist curls and other exercises.

    Yet, at age 45, I continue to have this chronic pain on the top part of my elbow (right on the bone). I ice it and with Advil, I can get through a match. But, it comes back the next day and just never goes away. I feel a weakness in my grip much of the time unless it's rested and I have the anti-inflammatories in my system.

    Can I ever get rid of this? Any suggestions would help. I'm a 5.0 player who hits a pretty big ball. It takes away some of my enjoyment of the game.
  2. chess9

    chess9 Hall of Fame

    Dec 11, 2005

    If you do a search on this forum you will find many threads about tennis elbow. One of them may have something to help you.

    But, have you sought the advice of a doctor? We cannot diagnose and treat your malady on the internet. We can guess, and then offer a 'spectacular' remedy (boiled cabbage leaves and licorice root, the last I heard), but you'd waste your time.

    Until you see a doctor, stop lifting, and hit lightly with a VERY soft string STRUNG LOW in a flexible frame (ra of 60 or less).

    Just my humble opinion.

  3. rocky b

    rocky b Guest

    I am in the same boat switch to a pro kennex with a soft sting and you should be pain free. I tried a poly now my arm is killing me when will I ever learn. You could get a steriod injection which should help or a new therapy where they jab a needle in the area about 5 or 6 times to get the blood to the injured site. If you keep playing with the same racket the pain will never go away. Slice the backhand more for a little while that shoud take the stress off the arm or go to 2 hands
  4. scotus

    scotus G.O.A.T.

    Jul 5, 2005
    Cortisone injection is not a good idea for tendons. It will take away pain and inflammation for a time but your tendon will get seriously messed up.
  5. tennisdad65

    tennisdad65 Hall of Fame

    Feb 29, 2008
    somewhere in calif
    My TE has pretty much gone after switching to 100% Natural gut, flexible racquet, soft gel grip, and low tension. I am slowly increasing tension from 35 to 45 and maybe end up at 50-55 (racquet recommendation is 54-62).

    Hard and deep tissue massage & icing 2-3 times a day helps a lot.

    Also switched from hitting topspin to more flat and slice. Topspin is only reserved for passing shots now. :)
  6. rocky b

    rocky b Guest

    Wrong only if you get more then 3 a year one shot is fine. Listen if you come on this board for medical advise its pretty dumb because most of the people here are not medical professionals. I am in the medical field and I would do a cortisone shot if you tried everything else. The reason the pain comes back is because people go right back to the same racket and tension or never fix a flawed stroke so what do you expect to happen
  7. SystemicAnomaly

    SystemicAnomaly G.O.A.T.

    Feb 25, 2006
    Stuck in the Matrix somewhere in Santa Clara CA
    If the pain is right on the bone as you describe, then it might not be tendinitis at all. Best to have it checked out by an expert -- you may be dealing with something else. I would also suggest staying away from cortisone unless you've really exhausted other options.
  8. larry10s

    larry10s Hall of Fame

    Apr 4, 2008
    Agree Strongly.go See A Doctor!!!!!!!!

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