Tendinitis - best remedy?

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  1. Vector

    Vector New Member

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    So apparently an MRI showed I have tendinitis in my right arm; elbow specifically. A lot more painful than I would have thought, if I try to curl much more than a 15-20 with it my arm basically collapses.

    Doctor told me to just lay off it for 6 weeks, but it's been almost 5 weeks of inactivity now and I'm not really feeling any change. I'ma go back and talk to him this week, but I'm curious...I read a magazine article the other day that said recent cases are showing if you just work out through the pain, it will heal faster. Anybody have specific history with tendinitis healing faster one way or another? I've had to shut out upper body pretty much completely and this is starting to suck.
     
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    Ask for e-stim and ice the shit out of it. Might need to get a referral to an ortho. Don't be satisfied with anything less than PT, painkillers, a cortisone injection and maybe a side of HGH. Go get em!

    P.s. - Tell them that someone close to you only has a month to live and ther dying wish it to play tennis with you and you can't do it without some serious medical intervention.
     
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    LOL!

    Will cortisone help a tendon heal? I'm actually going to my ortho this afternoon -- he's the one that told me to lay off it completely. I don't want just a temporary fix, and I damn sure hate shots, but if there is a shot that will promote the healing I'm all ears.
     
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    :dunno:

    But figured it was worth a short as long as I was giving out medical advice.

    :lol:

    Seriously, take ownership of situation -- make him understand that this is fucking up your lifestyle and that it needs to be fixed. Did he give you a brace or a wrap or anything?
     
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    On this same topic:
    I'm 21, I have pretty good insurance (I don't know if this stuff is covered?)
    Who do I see to get an MRI done on my elbows? I've had issues for over a year.
     
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    Depends on your insurance. Most time you have to go to your primary care doc and get a referral to a specialist (ortho). You can usually look that up on the insurance company's website or ask the human resources/benefits person at your company or school.
     
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    Orthopedic surgeon is who set up my MRI as well. Whether you need the referral from a PCP or not, your insurance will almost certainly pay for (at least most of) the MRI.

    Best of luck, I know how you feel. I feel some of my gains going away against my will due to this injury, and it's the worst feeling ever :(
     
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    Usually you have to be referred to a specialist
     
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    Heat and Aleve, and fixing the physical problem that caused it in the first place. Do you type a lot/play tennis/golf etc with the trouble arm?

    I would highly suggest finding an ART practitioner and checking into trigger points/underlying muscle issues. I can't tell you how many times a trigger point has been the cause of something truly painful for me.
     
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    Not really. Depends on what the injury actually is. Tendinosis or tendinitis. All cortisone does is reduce inflammation. It doesn't do any actual healing on its own. The shot itself doesn't hurt all that much if you have someone who knows what they're doing. The only thing that WILL hurt like a son of a bitch is the possible "cortisone flare" where the cortisone crystallizes in the area. This pain is often easily worse than the pain of the injury. Usually begins to subside after the 24 hour mark, though.

    I suffered from tendinosis with my lateral epicondyle (outside of the elbow) for nearly a year and a half. I went through two cortizone injections. First one reduced the inflammation to where the pain was gone. But I quickly reinjured it thinking all was well. Second shot did little to nothing. At that point, my ortho sent me to a physical therapist for about 9 weeks. There they did massage, electrical stimulation, copious amounts of stretching, heat, ice, topically delivered steroids, and strengthening exercises of increasing intensity. It wasn't until I was about 4 weeks into the PT that I began to feel noticeable improvement. I'm about 95% now a full two years later. Probably as good as it's gonna get.

    Injuries to the elbow tendons are a mother fucker man. Reason being there's relatively little blood flow to the area. Less blood flow means less nutrients and drastically increased healing time. Don't be a jackass like I was. Get to the doc, do your PT religiously and take it easy on the elbow. If it turns out to be a stubborn, recurring problem, you might want to look into something called PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) injections.
     
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    totally. its been 12 years since i developed it in my Iliotibial, and its still not 95%. Shit takes time - and sometimes never gets to 100%

    I'm hoping with strength training, i can strengthen enough around it to compensate - but i don't know if that's even possible at this point.
     
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    If you don't mind me asking, how old are you?
     
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    I took Cissus and it completely got rid of the tendonitis in my left elbow. havent had it since either. :dunno:
     
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    28. stopped running 11 years ago actually, this summer
     
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    Word. Just curious. My ortho said he's quite hesitant to operate on younger guys like us. Older folks have a harder time healing from soft tissue injuries on their own and there seems to be a faster road to surgery with them.

    Have you looked into PRP injections?
     
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    never, but i never had the need too. My knee hasn't acted up through any weight training.

    it tightens up, and i feel it in the IT only when i run (and only when runnining more then two miles, and faster then 6.5 minute miles). I quit running after 6 months of physio and nothing close to results that i would need to compete again.
     
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    Well the doc reminded me that my elbow was tendinosis and not tendinitis. I'm not sure what the real distinction is there other than tendinosis is more chronic (which certainly seems to agree with what I'm feeling). The treatment seems to be about the same though.

    Rather than go with cortisone, he gave me a topical gel anti-inflammatory and a pill anti-inflammatory and requested I try those for a while (a week or two). He is still suggesting I lay off it completely for now (i.e. no PT). I guess we'll see what happens.
     
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    The -osis usually means damage or degeneration without the inflammation. Hence, the current theories as to why tendinosis responds poorly, if at all, to anti-inflammatory treatment.
     
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    Avoid whatever activity may have caused the tendonitis and ice your elbow. Try putting a little strain on your elbow once every few weeks and if you still feel pain, stop.

    I had tendonitis in my knee from biking. Took me about two months to get rid of the pain. It's been a year since it was really bad and I still feel the pain now and again. I just don't go biking as often anymore and do different activities instead.
     
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    If it is indeed tendinosis as the doctor diagnosed, and there is no swelling, then ice is most likely counterproductive.
     
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