Tendonitis

I have some tendonitis in my inner forearm/elbow area. It is NOT located directly on the elbow so im not too concerned. I’ve had it for about 3 or 4 months now and it has improved drastically but it still is there. There’s a little pain when i just throw just playing catch and when I catch but, when i throw it hurts after an inning or two. It’s so damn old! I get thru the first two innings very well but then i cant go no more b/c I dont want to aggravate it any more. I want to get rid but i dont know how! I’m still in a fall league so i cant rest it for about another 2 or 3 weeks. Any suggestions on how to get rid of this problem? I would greatly appreciate!

Make an appointment with, and go see, an orthopedic surgeon, and see what he has to say. He may have some ideas as to how you can keep playing for the two weeks or so that you have left in your fall league—but if he says you have to stop, stop and give the arm a complete rest and never mind what anyone else says. You don’t want to make matters worse.
Let me tell you a story about a top major league pitcher who had a similar problem. Ed Lopat, a mainstay of the Yankees’ Big Three rotation of the late 40s to the mid-50s, pitched two games in the 1951 World Series and won them both, but after that second game he suddenly found he couldn’t lift his left arm. (The weather may have been a contributing factor; it had been cold and rainy throughout much of that World Series.) He started the 1952 season on the disabled list, which he didn’t like at all because he wanted to pitch, was what he wanted to do, and the doctors couldn’t figure out what the problem was. Then one day he remembered an orthopedic surgeon whom he had known during his tenure with the White Sox, and he flew out to Chicago to see him. The doctor examined him, told him that he had tendonitis in his left shoulder, and then, after chewing him out for not having taken care of it sooner, prescribed what was then a radical treatment (now no longer used)—a series of ten X-rays to that shoulder. Radical, yes, but it worked, and when Lopat returned to New York he was pitching better than ever. From then until the end of the 1954 season he ran up a 33-8 record.

My son had tendonitis all last year, he went to see the doctor and he said that he should take 6+ weeks off, no throwing, no swinging the bat, nothing that would be similar to what agrivated the issue. So he took a total of 7 weeks off, no throwing at all, probably the first time since he was about 10 and it really did make a huge difference. He is feeling great, no pain, velocity is up, accuracy is coming back. See a doctor and if he says just let it heal with time off, really do it!!!

I guess sometimes it’s different with younger players. In all likelihood his tendonitis was not that severe, and so taking time off to rest was the thing to do. With major leaguers it’s another story. 8)

you described my EXACT problem, i have the same thing and the doctor said rest, i did and it helped for a bit, but now its coming back… take a look at this thread i think this is our answer

http://www.letstalkpitching.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?p=123984#123984

MattHoff9,
How old are you? What type of pitches do you throw?

Medial epicondylitis is a wrist flexor injury caused by lack of fitness and maximal supination of the forearm. These muscle flex your wrist and articulate your middle, ring and index fingers. The tendons for these groups of muscle attach on the epicondyle of the Humerus slightly above the elbow. You say the pain emanates just below the elbow at the top of the forearm , this means it is a muscle strain problem and it is micro tearing causing severe inflammation, probably not tendonitis. This means that since it is muscle you can use it to lightly to stimulate blood flow to heal it much faster by increasing throw force every couple of days but you need to fix the mechanic!!!

It heals pretty fast in that it is well vascularized muscles but you have done nothing to mitigate the mechanic that keeps injuring it like every body else. You must learn to pronate all your pitches even the Slider, Cutter and Curve. Fitness is an on going task, when you get fit maintain it, unfortunately most coaches believe you should shut down weight training during competitive timelines, this is far from the truth, they think that just throwing a 5 oz. object strengthens you arm when it does not in any significant degree.
You must maintain your fitness thru the overload principle by way of the “sport specificity” principle.

These fall and winter leagues are the biggest deterrent to gaining proper fitness along with camps, show cases and tryouts by always trying to be ready for them by resting and having an inadequate training program, to bad coaches do not understand this.
Pitchers need to go into training regression at this time and not be able to compete!!

Make an appointment with an Orthopedic specialist/surgeon. Maybe he will give you some sort of routine or work out to strengthen and help your arm. I had mild tendonitis at one point and I was assigned to rehab for 2 months with a handful of work outs to do there. While I was there, my arm got stronger and I no longer have that problem anymore. I also learned a lot about proper arm care and I never plan on going back to rehab, or my specialist for that matter. No offense to him of course :lol: