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Tennis elbow

Currently experiencing a touch of tendonitis or more commonly known as Tennis elbow in my left arm. Anyone else experienced this?

I've stopped going to the gym and rested my arm as much as possible for about three weeks but am starting to get bored.

Would it be safe to start doing some small exercises and stretching?
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Old 03.04.2012, 18:19
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Re: Tennis elbow

You need to look at why it is occuring. If it is due to sport then change your action ( for instance in tennis or squash ). If it is due to weights then you will need something to support your arm, but I would not go back to weights without professional advice and opinion ( i.e. someone more qualified than me! ).

I had tennis elbow due to a dodgy action in squash. I bought a support for my arm which worked very well and changed my action ( which was REALLY annoying ). The tennis elbow has almost completely gone but the squash is worse ( although getting better ).

I am lucky, I suppose, in that during the skiing season I don't play squash for about 4 months and go cross country skiing instead. I dare say this enforced absence may also be a reason that the tennis elbow is abating.
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Re: Tennis elbow

It took over 6 months for my right arm to feel almost normal. I stopped playing badminton and let my upper arm heal. During this time, I continued exercising and going to the gym. For the first 2 months I did light arm movement exercises followed by 4 months of lightweight dumbbell exercises.
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Old 03.04.2012, 22:45
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Re: Tennis elbow

I used to go to the gym regularily and I used to play tennis in my 20's at the same time. In result, had had terrible tennis elbow pains so that I had to quit tennis for quite a while only to find out that the real culprit of my predicament was heavy weight bench presses and combination of barbell triceps exercises. I stopped loading the weight and stayed more on the court. Soon the pain and elbow deterioration was gone. As suggested, try to identify a root cause of the problem e.g. erroneous movement or technique in a gym that puts too much pressure on your elbow. Hope you will get it right.
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Re: Tennis elbow

Try using your other arm for drinking?
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Re: Tennis elbow

Are you left handed?
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Re: Tennis elbow

I play badminton regularly and was a victim of this. I tried many things but just few simple arm stretches solved the problem in a week. For all those who have tennis arm should try the stretches shown in the following link.
http://www.tennisarm.ch/

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Re: Tennis elbow

Thanks all for the useful posts - I am now drinking (ahem) with my right hand
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