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deep muscle pain only during tennis

While playing tennis, my arm right forearm hurt while holding racket tight.  It was a deep muscle pain.  When I helped hold the racket with the other hand, the pain subsided, but then returned and stayed as long as I held the racket tight.  I kept playing but the pain was pretty severe between points.  Two days later while playing, my right calf hurt in the same way.  Again, when I took all pressure off, the pain stopped but resumed when I began playing again.  In the past this steady pain has happened about two or three times before.  As soon as I quit playing, all pain disappears with no after affects.  
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You most likely have tendonitis.  A Sports Med. doctor should be able to help you with this reaction.  Tendonitis does involve intense pain and is caused by repetitive movements.

Take care.
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755322 tn?1330269114
Tendonitis would be my guess too.

As a former tennis player and part time coach, I saw these repetitive stress injuries all the time. I used Advil to get the inflammation down and then a chiropractor who specializes in ART ( Active Release Technique) to stop it from happening again.

As for the calf muscle, could be the same type of thing. Body balance is important in tennis, as is stretching, warm up and cool down.

For the fore arm, you might try building up your grip a bit to change the amount of pressure you have to exert to hold the racket. I ended up with a 1/4 in larger grip and never had tendinitis again. Some folks get a smaller grip. I think just the change makes a difference. Also, if its especially bad on your forehand stroke, and you use and eastern grip, experiment with a semi western or western grip and see if that helps.
Changing rackets or string tension is another possibility.

If its on your backhand, and I would venture a guess it happens on a one handed backhand, try a two handed, or alternate between two handed or one handed depending on the shot.

Khiba
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Hi Khiba -

Thank you for your input here.  While I do not play tennis, I developed tendonitis when working in the yard one day...pulling weeds and tossing them aside.  The pain was akin to having a stress fracture (ouch).  You gave some great info. and it's much appreciated.  

Have a nice day.
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690549 tn?1288882721
Hi--I've gotten that same tendonitis pain in my arms from MS over the many years. I used to play tennis and I well remember the deep muscle pain. I also get it sometimes if I'm doing a lot of repetitive motion paperwork. It makes sense to me because I can just almost feel the muscle atrohy as my arms have gotten so very weak. It hurts a lot to push an empty cart in the store. Does this make sense? I use anesthetic spray (Biofreeze) on it for some relief. Please write as I mistakenly have you blocked and can't write you. Jane
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Go to your "My MedHelp" page
Click on "Account Settings"
Then to "Block List"
and you should see her name there.  You will be able to 'unblock' it.
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690549 tn?1288882721
Thanks--I was seriously misinterpreting things--I've had MS 36 years and I guess it's taken its toll--to me somethin with an X in it mean you're NOT supposed to use it--or that it's blocked. Ah, well, even at 60 I learn every day! Thanks for wanting to help! Joke's on me!   Jane
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I understand what you mean...I get foggy at times too.

If you see her name there that means she is blocked.  You need to go to where it says "unblock" and put a check mark there.  This will take her off and you will not have her blocked anymore.
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