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KATD13 SparkPoints: (87,806)
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12/1/11 11:00 P

Thanks everyone, for all your support!

The diagnosis is Lateral Epicondylitis - Tennis Elbow.
I need to rest it & let it heal for 2 -3 weeks. Then physical therapy. It has also been suggested that I don't play racket sports anymore. As I'm very likely to have another injury.

I'm really sad about not being able to play anymore. I'm the newest member & have only been playing for about a month. It's really frustrating, especially because it happened while I was warming up & following another players advise on my grip. As soon as I changed my grip I got injured :(

On the upside, I did get to the gym today & did 40 min. on the treadmill & 20 on the elliptical. No elbow involved, so that's a plus. But it took me forever to get my workout clothes off, with only one working arm.

I just want to express how thankful I am to be able to come here & have others to talk to. I really appreciate everyones concern & kindness. ♥

BRITOMART Posts: 8,150
12/1/11 4:48 P

No feasible alternative on this. Go to your doctor, or if s/he isn't into sports med., go to a specialist. Even if you weren't into competitive sport, that would be the only smart thing to do.

then...once you are well again...remember to warm up before you compete...

Good healing.

Edited by: BRITOMART at: 12/1/2011 (16:54)
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12/1/11 9:23 A

Hi KATD13,

So sorry to hear of your injury. You may want to get it checked out by your doctor so that he/she can do a full evaluation as to the extent of your injury and what exercise you can continue to do.

Here's to a SPEEDY recovery!
Coach Nancy

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12/1/11 9:22 A


Since you play competitive sports, then you've got to get to your doctor ASAP. Don't wait to see if this injury will heal on its own. Seek a professional opinion immediately. Don't let this go or you do risk the injury getting worse. Will this side line your exercise routine ? Yes, your doctor is probably going to tell you to lay off exercise for a short period of time to let the injury heal.

You have to ask yourself this question,"do you want to take a couple of weeks off from exercise now to see if the injury will heal OR do you want to take TWO MONTHS off later to recover from surgery ?"

Here's the thing, when it comes to weight loss or weight gain, what matters most is what we eat. If you are eating right during the time you can't exercise, you won't gain any weight. You can't outrun a bad diet with exercise.

Talk to your doctor and they'll make some recommendations. Listen to them because once again, if you try to push through the pain, you risk making the injury worse.

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12/1/11 5:54 A

with exercise related injuries, I try to get in to see a physiotherapist ASAP. I do not let injuries become chronic and a lot of them, when caught and treated early, heal MUCH faster.

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12/1/11 12:55 A

I play competitive badminton every Wed. night. Tonight, while warming up, I injured a tendon in my forearm. The pain is unbelievable. Even moving a finger or thumb hurts all the way up, past my elbow.

I have been icing it, since I got home. And have found a way to keep it stationary. But I am so distraught about it. I just joined my local gym and now I'm so afraid that this injury is really going to prevent me from working out. I am supposed to be doing weights tomorrow for chest, tris & biceps. I am going to try and do elliptical & treadmill instead. Fridays & Mondays I swim 1000 yards & I have no idea how I can possibly swim with this injury.

Generally I am an upbeat positive person, so I am hoping that it will be better in the morning. But right now, it sure doesn't feel like this is going to heal quickly.

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