Tennis elbow thoughts...not dominant elbow and iPhone

Discussion in 'Health & Fitness' started by TroutSc, Sep 24, 2013.

  1. TroutSc

    TroutSc Semi-Pro

    Apr 25, 2012
    Just throwing this out there for discussion....

    Im a righty. Have dealt with some elbow issues in the right elbow. It seems to have been alleviated over time with some racquet changes (many) and some working on technique as well (hitting out front).

    Recently I have had the same symptoms in my left elbow. Normal TE symptoms but strangely in the left elbow.

    My thoughts...I do have a 2HB and also BH slice. I dont hit enough using my left arm that would cause issues. However, I do use my mobile device alot, often laying in bed, emails, games etc. throughout the day as well (not in bed). My thinking is that somehow the way i hold my phone or use my left arm over prolonged periods in some strange position that would cause similar TE symptoms. Who knows, maybe I sleep in some weird position.
    Just curious if anyone else had a similar experience with TE type symptoms and discovered that it wasn't actually tennis related.
  2. RogueFLIP

    RogueFLIP Professional

    Mar 23, 2013
    All those can be a factor in your symptoms.
    Plenty of people get "tennis elbow" and don't play tennis.

    Posture misalignments, unresolved soft tissue restrictions - seem to be overlooked on these forums as a way of addressing their issues.
  3. TroutSc

    TroutSc Semi-Pro

    Apr 25, 2012
    Makes sense, when my right elbow had issues, it was so obvious...Im hitting with a pro and hitting hundreds of balls late, not out front, arming the ball, shanks, etc. these things improve over time. But my left elbow pain threw me for a loop. then one night i was laying in bed unable to sleep playing angry birds w/friends tourney and my left elbow was killing me when i woke up. Made me think, Im in IT and spend alot of time as well during the day at a keyboard, poor posture, elbows bent at a keyboard for hours, in addition using a iPhone which is also generally used in an elbows bent type of position for hours. I had a colleague recently that had TE issues and he doesn't play tennis and it had me thinking about the various devices we use for hours every day coupled with bad ergonomics in our typical work environment. Interesting stuff.
  4. Chas Tennis

    Chas Tennis Legend

    Feb 17, 2011
    Baltimore, MD
    Elbow injuries in golf.

    This paper says that

    1) For golfers- Tennis Elbow occurs more often than Golfer's Elbow.

    2) For a right handed golfer the left elbow gets the TE. (See top right page 509.)

    Do you also golf?

    I moved some heavy logs around. While working I gave myself some light GE pain in my left non-tennis arm. I avoided all stress and pain on that arm for 2 months and it went away.

    It is very important to stop stressing a tendon injury immediately - Don't play on it to see how it will do. See many recent threads on GE & TE other tendon injuries.

    Are you sure you have TE?
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2013
  5. thejackal

    thejackal Hall of Fame

    Oct 17, 2004
    Montreal, Canada
    using the mouse on the other hand for those who are on the computer a lot was an effective tennis elbow cure for a few players I know, so OP could be onto something.

    as someone who's on my phone pretty much every waking minute (work requirement + Im pretty much addicted to my smartphone), it does cause some discomfort esp to the joints near my thumb.
  6. r2473

    r2473 G.O.A.T.

    Aug 14, 2006
    ^^Workers comp?
  7. andreh

    andreh Professional

    Feb 19, 2004
    Very good point. In fact, the vast majority of people who get TE are not tennis players. Naturally, all kinds of factors can play a part even for tennis players. If you play tennis, tennis might be a likely culprit for TE, BUT other causes are probably overlooked in this case, thinking that tennis must be the cause only because you play it. Carpenters, gardeners, construction workers, electricians, all get TE from work. Office people get TE from overusing the mouse, writers get double sided TE from the the QWERTY type style etc.

    Tennis players all have lives off the court that might contribute or be the root cause. Worth considering before taking remidial action against the affliction.
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2013
  8. Tamiya

    Tamiya Semi-Pro

    Jan 27, 2013
    AU, SG, MY
    Do you sit "Rodin's Thinker" style whilst on the throne with iDevice...? ;)

    yeah pressure to elbow on knee for extended periods
    (damned you Apple your batteries last for hours)
  9. Fintft

    Fintft Hall of Fame

    Sep 28, 2007
    I think about this one as a must (also after having been playing tons of computer games).

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