We all know the benefits of regular exercise, but what should you do if you develop an overuse-type injury like tendinitis? Angelo from MetPro gives one listener some great advice when dealing with this type of injury.
In this case, the listener has been dealing with forearm tendinitis and tried taking a break from lifting weights. Unfortunately, the rest didn’t provide any relief. Angelo stresses the importance of consulting with a doctor but there are typical remedies that may help.
Angelo assures the listener that tendinitis is a common issue among fitness enthusiasts. It frequently occurs in individuals who engage in sports, athletics, exercise, or weightlifting. Furthermore, Angelo stated that it is likely the listener is experiencing pain with rotation or any palm-down movements.
If this is the case, Angelo offers the following advice to help decrease the pain. “Try modifying your movements to a neutral hand position. Visualize this by extending your arms in front of you with your thumbs pointing upwards and your hands facing each other as if you’re going to clap. This neutral position can help reduce the strain on the inflamed tendon in your forearm. Alternatively, the supine position, where your palms are facing up, may also alleviate some of the load during pulling motions.”
If tendinitis is causing acute inflammation, it’s crucial to rest and allow the inflammation to subside. This may be the time to discuss options for managing inflammation with your doctor. Additionally, some individuals have found relief from tendinitis by using pressure bands designed for the forearm. You can find affordable options on Amazon. While these bands may not be a cure-all, they could provide some relief.
Other potential remedies include acupuncture, accu-pressure, massage therapy, golfing, or the Graston Technique, especially if the tendinitis has been present for an extended period and scar tissue has formed. Remember, the key is to avoid re-inflaming the tendon. Consistency and patience are vital in allowing it to heal properly.
When exercising, keep elbows close to the sides during pushing and pulling motions. Your lower body workouts shouldn’t aggravate your elbow or forearm if you avoid excessive wrist movements in the pronated position. However, if the tendinitis worsens, don’t hesitate to consult your doctor for further assistance.
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