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Is this tendonitis? How do I prevent it?

dusty

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Every time I do some specific physical activity regularly for a few weeks straight, I seem to get a lot of pain in one of the tendons (I think) used in the movement. This happened with my foot playing racquetball and with my forearm playing the drums. As soon as I stop, it stops hurting, but if I try to go back to the activity within a several-week period, it will immediately flare up again. What is this, and can I prevent it?
 

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Where exactly is it hurting and when, specifically, does it hurt?

I don't know about the tennis, but with the drumming it's *probably* not tendonitis. It could be a symptom of overuse, or you might be clenching your forearm muscles when you play, causing them to seize up and hurt. If your forearm is relaxed and you're using proper wrist and finger action, you shouldn't be getting pain.

Edit: If this is what's going on, you should probably work on your endurance. Try playing a double-stroke roll for 5 minutes straight at the fastest tempo possible. Do this at the end of practice.
 

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Originally Posted by dusty
and with my forearm playing the drums.

I have tricep tendonitis because of drumming and hammering from construction. I SO wish I had kept playing with the correct technique of using my wrists and fingers instead trying to be all rock star drummer and using my arms. The funniest/saddest part is the sports doctor I went to said drumming hard on my dashboard in my car probably also contributed to it. Damn you Foo Fighters!
 

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It certainly seems like overuse tendonitis. It's common when you subject your body to a new stress repeatedly. I'm sure that if you have a stretching program and proper warm up, you should be ok. Further more, when starting a new activity for a period, it is a good idea to do sport/hobby specific exercises before you start the activity in order to prevent the body's shock.

Tennis elbow or Golfers elbow (both different) can be cause many other things other than tennis or golf. Was the pain near your elbow? The foot pain...was it at the heel, on the inside? Maybe a plantar fasciitis? Look these things up and see if their symptoms match yours.

PS: I'm a licensed physical therapist.
 

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Originally Posted by SJTrance
It certainly seems like overuse tendonitis.

PS: I'm a licensed physical therapist.


Do you know why NFL players where those bands above their elbow? That's EXACTLY where my tendonitis is... between the elbow and triceps. I would think something like this putting pressure on the tendon would help right? I've looked online but cant find the thin bands the nfl players wear, like the little black ones in the first picture.


 

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Originally Posted by SJTrance
It certainly seems like overuse tendonitis. It's common when you subject your body to a new stress repeatedly. I'm sure that if you have a stretching program and proper warm up, you should be ok. Further more, when starting a new activity for a period, it is a good idea to do sport/hobby specific exercises before you start the activity in order to prevent the body's shock.

Tennis elbow or Golfers elbow (both different) can be cause many other things other than tennis or golf. Was the pain near your elbow? The foot pain...was it at the heel, on the inside? Maybe a plantar fasciitis? Look these things up and see if their symptoms match yours.

PS: I'm a licensed physical therapist.


Thanks for the advice. The foot pain was between my first and second metatarsals, so I don't think it was plantar fasciitis.
 

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