Tendinitis gone bad
Figured I'd share as I can't do anything else right now...
I developed tendinitis in my left elbow about a year ago. So I took a week or so off and kept lifting the pain was managable and I was still progressing. About 3 months ago the pain had progressed to the point that I could no longer do any lifts which had elbow movement. After a few tests the doc said I had developed a bone spur due to lifting on it and not letting the tendinitis heal all the way. The bone spur had then grinded the cartilidge until a portion broke off. Just had the orthoscopic today had the spur grinded down, and a quarter sized cartilidge chunk taken out. Morale of the story let the tendinitis heal.
4/8 weeks of listening to a rehab trainer lecture me on how this is why people shouldn' lift heavy things.... Sigh
Which kind of elbow tendinitis did you have ? Where was the bone spur ?
The tendinitis was mainly in the forearm to elbow connection but it caused my whole elbow region to swell, spur was on the tibula such that grinded the last 30 degreeswhen extending arm to strait. So everytime my tricep engaged it was grinding
The bones of the forearm include the radius and the ulna. The elbow joint's bony landmarks (where connective tissue inserts) are the medial and lateral epicondyles. The upper arm bone is called the humerus. Could you say again where the bone spur was? I am not trying to bust your balls here. I have some nasty elbow tendonitis myself and would like to know more about yours.
Originally Posted by BubbaK
Originally Posted by Gwynn
I am progressing, too, in spite of golfer's elbow (inner elbow tendonitis).
So after looking at some anatomy graphics I have no idea. I only spoke with my doc for a few min right after waking up so my memory is alittle foggy on the details. I'll update this after I go for a follow up on Friday and can ask some questions.
After doing quite a bit of research on the subject, it seems generally most people don't get tendinitis, it's actually tendinosis, which is almost always misdiagnosed by doctors as well. Something to think about.
Hmm very interesting. I just did some reading on this and I am now wondering if there is a good way to differentiate between tendin-osis and -itis? It seems like it would be important for the treatment.
Originally Posted by Desp
From my understanding: -itis is an inflammation, -osis is an overuse injury and it's not necessarily inflamed per se, as the tendon actually breaks down or is over powered by the muscle.
Here's some reading on it:
https://physsportsmed.org/doi/10.3810/psm.2000.06.956 (If the article doesn't load, search for tendonosis)
From the above article:
The vast majority of pathologies that affect your elbow fall into two categories--–tendonitis and tendonosis. Tendonitis is an inflammatory condition arising from acute aggravation, e.g., gardening or scrubbing holds for a number of hours when you are not accustomed to it. Tendonosis is a degeneration of the tendon cell itself, arising from microtrauma inflicted by a muscle that is too strong. Tendonosis may be preceded by tendonitis–one morphing into the other-–or it can occur separately. Unfortunately, most get diagnosed as tendonitis when they are actually tendonosis. The upshot: your elbow broods away like the bed-buddy you dropped so you could climb more in the first place.
For climbers, the cascade to injury usually starts with chronic overload. The classic scenario is a sudden increase in training. The muscle, having a greater blood supply, is able to increase its strength faster than the tendon, leaving the tendon comparatively weak. Further use leads to tendon damage and degeneration.
I have tendonosis on both Achilles. Came from going bonkers on calf raises for some illogical reason...
I've found two things have worked
1. eccentric movements with no or little concentric
2. squats. Seriously, for some reason, since I started SS, I've had much less tendon tightness in the mornings than usual. I can only assume it's the isomeric-ish element of lifting. Be interesting to see if doing PCs will negatively affect my Achilles' or not.
Here'a useful link: