Hi guys. I wrote this thread because I wanted to give information on how to get rid of tendonitis on your own. Before I write anything, I know I am no expert and you probably should get medical advice from someone in person rather than on a bodybuilding internet forum board. Also, I will describe my tendonitis so that you can see if yours is the same degree that mine was just in case yours is a lot worse and needs serious treatment.
My purpose for this thread is that at one point I had elbow tendonitis that was not getting any better and I could not find a good "how-to" on getting rid of my tendonitis. (In the right elbow)
Okay, to start, according to a well-known trainer/professional powerlifter that I am very friendly with, doing as many sets of tricep extensions on the machine as I was would cause elbow tendonitis. So, I decided that after these several months of doing around 6-8 sets of them that I would go to 4 sets. Too bad, because it was too late. While I do a lot of other stuff that affects the elbow besides working the triceps, my other tricep exercises would hurt my elbow.
Here is a description of my tendonitis of my right elbow: It was a consistent pain, but not too painful. If it was not hurting, then in certain positions it would really hurt me. Once it got better, it would only hurt during triceps day.
I had just started a "one bodypart per day of the week" routine and I figured in this situation it would be beneficial. So what I did to rid myself of this tendonitis which only took TWO MONTHS, was that I would take a large motrin pill (anti-inflammatory) in the morning with breakfast and right after dinner. In addition, I wore an ace-bandage on my elbow because the tendon(s?) that were hurt were the ones that fully extend my arm, so I wanted to limit the range of motion. I ate plenty and rested as well because I knew that would definetly help. I had to wear the ace-bandage all the time, including going to sleep because that was when it would get hurt if I did not wear it. I also iced it for the first 1.5 months.
So, it started to feel better, and let me remind you that all this time I had been working out. It never hurt during my routines (besides triceps) except for once I was decline bench pressing and it felt like getting my elbow amputated would be a good idea. But that happened once. So, with all of this self-treatment I was okay.
I kept doing my triceps but I would NEVER lock my elbow in any circumstances EVER. That was one of the things that caused it. I also did everything much SLOWER. When I used to do triceps extension on the machine, I would jerk it down very quickly and I would lock my elbow. Big Mistake!
After 2 months, my elbow tendonitis is gone. I still take a motrin every other day or so just to keep everything cool. I have been taking Glucosamine, Condroitan (spelling?), MSM and Shark Cartilige for about 6 months. I also started taking Cissus Rx to try it out. It should help.
So here are the guidelines for curing elbow tendonitis:
Daily and nightly wearing of an ace-bandage (except when working out if its a pain in the ass)
1 large pill of motrin after breakfast and after dinner. (best taken with food)
Applying ice to elbow before and after working out. Applying ice when it randomly hurts is a good idea as well.
Using your other arm (the one with a healthy elbow) to do anything that could hurt...for example, lifting a grocery bag.
When doing an exersize, do it slowly and DO NOT lock out your elbow.
Hope there are people that need this out there,