Tendonitis/Tennis Elbow – How To Prevent it!

Tendonitis(tendinitis) better known amongst some of you as tennis elbow, golf’s elbow, climbers elbow/shoulder. It all refers to one thing – inflammation of a certain tendon in your body. It’s a serious problem, a disease that should not be taken lightly. That’s why I’m dedicating this article to it. Led by my empirical knowledge and […]


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Tendonitis/Tennis Elbow   How To Prevent it!

Tendonitis(tendinitis) better known amongst some of you as tennis elbow, golf’s elbow, climbers elbow/shoulder. It all refers to one thing – inflammation of a certain tendon in your body. It’s a serious problem, a disease that should not be taken lightly. That’s why I’m dedicating this article to it. Led by my empirical knowledge and the one I’ve accumulated from the world class sportsmen I’ve had the opportunity to talk to, the coaches I could work with and all the doctors I’ve consulted, I am certain this article will help you solve this problem.

I. Tendons

Let’s quickly illustrate what a tendon looks like and what purpose does it serve in your body. The tendon’s primary function is to transfer the force that’s been generated by the muscles to the bones. In addition, it attaches, connects your muscles to your bones. In the picture below you can graphically see how that happens.

Tendonitis/Tennis Elbow   How To Prevent it!

You can see how the biceps are connected both to the shoulder and the elbow joints.
Here’s another photo portraying the Achille’s tendon.

Tendonitis/Tennis Elbow   How To Prevent it!

In Arthlete, all the exercises that I present to you are putting an immense pressure on your joints. Specifically on your elbow and shoulder joints. And both your shoulder tendons and the achille’s have a low blood supply. And that’s how your tendons feed, that’s their fuel in order to recover. Which means these tendons are more sensitive to getting overworked. They easily fall for that trap and you should keep that in mind in order to preserve a good health. Which leads to the next question.

II. How do we recognise tendonitis?

Tendonitis/Tennis Elbow   How To Prevent it!

If you start developing tendonitis the first symptom that you’ll most likely encounter is pain. At first you’ll feel a rather dull pain. And I say this because I’ve neglected tendonitis in the past and underestimated it. Because the dull pain could be ignored and training could continue but once your condition gets worse, the pain starts intensifying.

Sooner rather than later it will become really sharp and cut through your muscles right when you are executing an exercise. Next thing that happens is your muscle refusing to listen to your brain’s commands and just spasm in agony. But it might be a little bit too late to cope with it on your own.

Needless to say the best time to fight tendonitis is the beginning of the disease. The body is the most pliable and capable of dealing and recovering from it. So….

III. How do you cure tendonitis?

Tendonitis/Tennis Elbow   How To Prevent it!

There are several methods that I’ve gone through over the years. I’ll classify them according to the stage of the disease.

 

**EDIT** In addition to everything below, begin by buying a package of Animal Flex. This will do wonders for everybody experiencing any sort of joint inflammation. For more information on the product you can read my review about it here.

 

1. Beginning phase – this is the best time to overpower it. If you developed tendonitis it only means you overworked yourself. Perhaps you’ve been pushing yourself too hard lately? In which case you should provide yourself with a well-deserved rest. Catch up with your family, friends, think of all the movies, books that you wanted to go through but had to sacrifice for your hard training. Now’s the time to balance your life and whilst you lay around doing nothing your tendons will recover sooner than you’ll know it. So the curing methods here are: rest, ice and lots of sun.

2. More advanced phase – you can recognise that if the pain is not willing to go away even after couple weeks of good rest. My advice is – thera-band flexbar.

3. Final phase – well this is for the case where none of the above helped you. My mother had severe tendonitis when I was a boy and she told me she couldn’t even lift her arms. As a final resort doctors used cortisone steroid injections. It’s what saved her and brought her to normal life activities. However doctors usually try to avoid this method for tendon ruptures have been reported as a side effect. Go for it if you really have tried everything from the above mentioned.
Surgery also goes here. I haven’t endured it, so obviously I can’t say if it works or not. Nonetheless all the doctors I’ve talked to advised me to avoid surgery at all costs. The outcome is very questionable and doubtful even for the surgeon they said.

IV. Conclusion

If you are new to tendonitis and you read this article out of curiosity and boredom than you should remember – your smartest choice would be to stay away from tendonitis. Because for all the rest of us who are currently experiencing or have experienced it, tendonitis turns into a sleeping volcano. Your tendons become easy pray for the disease once they’ve inflammed in the past.

So the following goes for all of you readers, beware of cold environment and high levels of humidity. That is a scourge for your joints and if you expose yourself for long enough periods of time to these, pains will soon enough get to you. And I’m not only considering tendonitis here but also exostoses, ligament inflammation, etc…

But not to stress you out now and make you paranoid I want to finish this article with a rather entertaining, educative and a little sad story of the 16th-century Frenchman named John Poltrot. He in 1563 attempted to assassinate the Duke de Guise. For this act, Poltrot was sentenced to be “quartered”, or dismembered, by four horses pulling in as many directions. But the condemned man’s joints and ligaments were so powerful that the “quartering” could not be accomplished, even though three fresh teams of horses in succession were harnessed to his arms and legs! Finally, he was hacked to pieces by swords. This public exectution was so revolting that the King of France ordered the practice of “quartering to be henceforth discontinued. This portrays very well the capabilities of the joints for some of us. Even if that’s not the general case remember that your body is made to handle a lot and serve you a good 60-70-80-90 years?

-Arthlete