Tendinitis


#1

How long should i refrain from pitching with tendinitis? and wat kind of rehab should i do to strengthen my elbow so it doesnt happen again?


#2

This is a very general question, and we need to look at some specifics here. Exactly where is the tendinitis located, and how serious is it? Have you had a doctor—preferably a sports-medicine specialist or an orthopedist— take a good look at it and see what the score is? This isn’t just a banged-up elbow or a sprained wrist; this is something that needs to be taken care of, the proper treatment prescribed, and a carefully graduated comeback involved, and you need to make sure that it isn’t something more serious than just tendinitis.
I remember what happened with Ed Lopat, one of the Yankees’ legendary Big Three pitching rotation. Back in 1951 he pitched and won two games in the World Series, but after the second game he suddenly couldn’t lift his left arm. The weather may have been a factor; it was very cold and rainy all through the Series—in any event he couldn’t even lift that arm. The doctors didn’t know what it was or what to do about it, and so for the first few months of the 1952 season he was on the shelf, which he didn’t like at all because he wanted to pitch, was what he wanted to do, and he couldn’t lift that arm let alone throw a ball! But then one day he remembered an orthopedic surgeon whom he had known in Chicago during his tenure with the White Sox. He flew out to see him. The doctor examined him and said to him, “Eddie, you have tendinitis in your left shouder!” And after chewing him out for not having taken care of it sooner, the doctor prescribed what was then a radical treatment, one that is no longer used—a series of ten X-rays. radical, yes—but it worked, the way it had worked for several other pitchers with the same problem. And when Lopat returned to New York he found that he was pitching better than ever; from then until the end of the 1954 season he ran up a record of 33 wins and only 8 defeats—including continuing to beat the Cleveland Indians to an unrecognizable pulp!
so I say to you, get it checked out, make sure it’s nothing more serious, and follow the doctor’s instructions. Don’t rush it. Make sure you’re 100 percent before you start pitching again. :slight_smile: 8)