I've had tendonitis in my elbow for about three months now. I stopped lifting and used all the advice I have seen in the forum. I have talked to a doctor and a therapist who have told me to stretch daily, rest as much as possible, and ice it a couple of times a day. It doesn't hurt as bad as it used to, but I can't stand not being able to workout. I took off 4 weeks then came back and it hurt when I did curls. So I took off another 4 weeks. I did a light workout yesterday including bench press, shoulder press, and rows. Decided againt doing biceps and triceps so I wouldn't do any more damage to the elbow. I felt good, no pain.
So here's the bottom line question. Can I lift while I have the tendonitis or should I just stop until it heals completely, or can I keep lifting and focus on the exercises that don't hurt?
I appreciate the feedback!!
10-07-2008, 01:08 PM #1
Got Tendonitis...Should I stop lifting??Building body, mind, and spirit.
10-07-2008, 09:16 PM #2
10-08-2008, 04:23 AM #3
- Join Date: Nov 2001
- Location: Wollongong, NSW, Australia
- Posts: 4,832
- Rep Power: 6169
10-08-2008, 06:44 AM #4
10-09-2008, 07:14 PM #5
10-09-2008, 08:52 PM #6
- Join Date: Jul 2008
- Location: Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States
- Age: 34
- Posts: 83
- Rep Power: 106
It's up to you buddy, and kinda in the same situation as you. I had a strained MCL ligament in my elbow that has now a lot of fluid built up around the ligament. Mine has been bothering me now for over 7 weeks, and I only took off one week for it in that time frame. I kept on working out, doing everything else except Triceps. Biceps I would strictly use light weight, and no preacher since it would hurt the elbow region. I added a knee wrap to my elbow (couldn't find an actual elbow wrap to fit my arm properly) for support so I was able to lift everything else without pain. Since I did all this, caused me to have big amounts of fluid build up there like I said, and the bursa sac (think that's what the doc called it) was really swollen. My point in all this, I would just completely let it heal, and perhaps just stick to pounding your legs for a while. I know it will get to you mentally, since after all it's fun to do upper body more.
I noticed that my other body parts were being leaned on more from the elbow being non healthy. My right shoulder would hurt, my right shoulder blade would hurt, and my left elbow would hurt some since it was pretty much taking on more of the work from the right arm. Just my opinion on everything, and actually looking for more advice as well. Better to be off for little amount of time, then being out for 6-12 months is what I always think
10-10-2008, 03:22 AM #7
i had it and ive learned thru experience that doctors are morons. all i did was tape every day. then ice. then take 1 ibuprofin at day and at night.
fixed it in less than a week. of course it kept flarin up for a while durin wrestling but eventually stopped.
cant express how important it is to tape.In life, there is no "TRY" there is "DO" and "DIDN'T DO"
I don't TRY to train, I train as I DO.
Current Goal is 200lbs.
10-12-2008, 04:33 PM #8
- Join Date: Jun 2008
- Location: Austin, Texas, United States
- Age: 36
- Posts: 16
- Rep Power: 0
If you search this site you will find lots of good info. If youve had "tendonitis" for 3 months its not tendonitis its tendonosis. Two very different things that need to be treated differently. Read this link and learn how to fix it. http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/drryan13.htm
11-13-2008, 02:22 PM #9
11-15-2008, 06:30 PM #10
11-19-2008, 01:11 PM #11
Okay, here's an update. I went to a chiropracter and he did the active release. It is a lot of pressure and stretching which hurt a lot. I did this for 3 weeks and really didn't see any big difference, accept for more flexibility. I would suggest a person with my condition to stretch a lot.
I began using the techniques desribed in the link above for tendonosis and this has been very helpful. I started doing some targeted exercises that stress the tendon to about a 5 or 6 pain level. I warmed and stretch well and then did a couple of sets of lighter weight and faster reps to build back tendon strength. I am at about 90% now and back lifting heavy.Building body, mind, and spirit.