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There goes the elbow

Sunday, August 04, 2019

Tweaked the bicep yesterday while playing pickleball and tried to play today, and after a few games, the elbow joined the hurt party, and I played a couple more games thereafter, not hitting the ball hard at all. But just rotating the wrist caused twinges thereafter, and so I stopped playing. That decision was based on last year's experience, and the experience from the winter before about how badly arm/elbow issues can be for me. There's a blog post from last August 17th, where I posted a pic of my limited to 30 degrees range of motion elbow, and the next post is from September 12th, where I mention having only tried to play pickleball once in between, and lasting for two games before the range of motion started getting impinged due to inflammation. So, let's try to avoid that this year, shall we? I am signed up for a tournament in three weeks, so I can't avoid playing altogether, not if I'm going to be of any use to my partner in that endeavor. But I guess I'll try to cut back on playing. I'll give it a shot in a couple of days, with a brace on, see if that helps. But regardless, I'm going to be a lot more pro-active in stopping playing, before it gets to the point it got last August.

This really stinks, because pickleball has really been my only form of exercise after I got home from Canada. I did do a decent amount of walking while in Ottawa, so maybe I can do that, maybe explore some of the nearby parks. Or, *gasp* maybe I'll even use that gym membership I paid for (annual membership, paid up front, and used heavily in the winter, so it isn't something that I'm spending money every month on and never using).

Rather bummed out at the moment, to be honest. Kind of a fine line between "only a game" and "the thing keeping me sane".
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    Oh boy, that's rough when you can't do your preferred form of exercise.
    78 days ago
    Alternate ice and heat for a few days also otc pain/inflammation tablets. Maybe a trainer at the gym can give more expert advice. You paid for that all ready.
    78 days ago
    start walking and don't stress the elbow
    78 days ago
    Definitely switch to walking while you recuperate. It's a great exercise that doesn't get the credit it deserves. One thing you might want to consider is asking a professional (physical therapist or athletic trainer) on what to do & not do and how to strengthen it to prevent it in the 1st place. Just a suggestion, but both would cost money which you are in short supply rt now. Or it just might be as simple as wearing braces every time you play. Fingers crossed for the upcoming tournament.
    78 days ago
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