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Tendon Problems

I do 20+ trackdays per year and ride Motorcross a lot and am 45 years old.

I am getting older but my workouts are better... My endurance is better than its ever been (except when I was racing Motorcross) And I am in excellent shape.... except for the tendons. My tendons fell like hell. This year is the first real year of problems. Left elbow is the main problem. I think my problme may have been my handle bars. They are set 'out' MX style as opposed to spun in and I (think) I take a lot of weight on the Left Elbow when in a LH turn. Anyway I will rotate them inward and try that but I need some training advice.


I'm looking for Suggestions?

1. Adjust the handle bars on the bike (I think this is where the problem is)
2. Take MSM supplements (does this really work?)
3. ICE Packs then Heat Packs. (does this really work?)
4. Massage. Just how do you work blood into the elbow anyways?


Should i do light curls in the gym even thru the pain?

From my workouts I don't get arm pump anymore on the track

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Try yoga, seriously, works for a lot of athletes to relieve chronic pains that other problems.

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Try medical advice first. Kind of hard to speculate if the bike is the cause or the lifting/working out heck maybe even your job.

Seek medical advice then go from there might be something else your not aware of

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I'm much younger than you and I've had tendon problems from competitive rockclimbing and polevaulting and what worked for me was a Naprapath. The guy I used to go to is in Oak Park. Regardless ... tendon problems really suck and you need to be careful not to cause permanent damage.

Calcium/Magnesium supplements with vitamin D can help a little, I believe.
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I have a yoga session today at 4:00. And I try to done Buckram Yoga each week.

So what is heat and cold to do for me? Bring down joint swelling?

Looking up Naprapath in google now.

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Try medical advice first. Kind of hard to speculate if the bike is the cause or the lifting/working out heck maybe even your job.

Seek medical advice then go from there might be something else your not aware of
+1....Take it from someone who was old enough to vote when you were born, 40 is a turning point age. You can still do most of what you did in your youth, but you will need to modify the way you do it and most likely slow it down and start doing it with those in your age bracket...AND... pain is your body telling you something isn't right. It could be as simple as a handlebar adjustment...but let a pro determine that for you. Also, I'm assuming you take good care of yourself...in addition to your excercise, look into supplements that help your aging tissue stay young...Glucosamine comes to mind...helps me a lot.

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>1. Adjust the handle bars on the bike (I think this is where the problem is)
Adjust them so that during braking load is uniformly distributed along the palm. When I had them too outwards, I was having wrist pain. Can't imagine mid corner setup would cause elbow issues though. imo elbows play during braking and instant turn in only.
>2. Take MSM supplements (does this really work?)
Maybe
>3. ICE Packs then Heat Packs. (does this really work?)
Yes. Try using elbow compression wraps. Common for tennis players.
>4. Massage. Just how do you work blood into the elbow anyways?
Yes

Best bet is to go to sports doc and get MRI. But as usual , tendons and ligamens take LOONG time to heal. much more time than you'd be willing to wait , given our active lifestyle. That's real problem. We seem to never give it enough time to heal.

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See a doctor! One of my employees has age related tendon problems and waited till it "got bad" before seeing a doctor. She now has multiple torn tendons in her R shoulder and is looking at major surgery with long and painful rehab. I've had my own sports injuries requiring surgery too. In both cases, getting to a doctor early would have reduced the long term effect and minimized surgery.

As I understand it: Ice reduces swelling and inflamation. Heat restores the blood flow encouraging healing, relaxes the muscles and reduces pain. I'm big on ice.

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Also try this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arnica_montana
It DOES help with brusing and may help with tendon problem.

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I'm looking for Suggestions?

4. Massage. Just how do you work blood into the elbow anyways?
Since this is my job, I'll chime in. The answer's pretty easy- any circulatory-style massage (i.e. deep tissue) to the biceps/triceps and flexors/extensors or the forearm is going to bring blood flow to the elbow. Since the tendons are connected to the bone via muscle, working the surrounding muscle tissues and attachment sites of the muscles will most certainly help oxygenate and loosen up the area. Massage is a manual method of micro stretching the muscle fibers by releasing the knots that shorten the muscles over time. Yoga can help this as well, but not as definitively as massage.

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So massage every day? Twice per day? Every other day? 20 minutes enough? How do i find a circulatory massage? I guess thats what I ll search for 'circulatory massage'?

I skipped the yoga today...

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consider a chiropractor? might help with that eletro-stimulus

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consider a chiropractor? might help with that eletro-stimulus
Go to a witch doctor an pray for your elbow to heal it will be the same

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Go to a witch doctor an pray for your elbow to heal it will be the same

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