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Nagging bursitis and tendonitis

Posted by
Dan Volkenant on December 07, 2000 at 00:27:35:

Dr. Stoll,
I am a sophomore high and triple jumper from the University of South Dakota and I have had many knee problems lately. I have been diagnosed with bursitis and tendonitis in both knees and it really holds me back from accomplishing what I would like to athletically. My workouts consist of bounding, jumping, lifting and many other types of impact jumping. I have to do this to train and get better for my event. I usually try to take it easy on my knees but they always end up hurting very bad to where I can barely walk without pain. I have tried everything from icing, heating, ultrasound, flexall, stretching, tendon bands, braces, longer warmups and cortizone shots. This is very frustrating because I have to sit out of practices because of the pain. I believe I have great potential in my events if I could get the tendonitis and bursitis to settle down. Do ou have any recommendations for me. I am open to anything. Thank you, Dan Volkenant



Jumper's Knee?

Posted by Lincoln on December 07, 2000 at 18:04:44:

In Reply to: Nagging bursitis and tendonitis posted by Dan Volkenant on December 07, 2000 at 00:27:35:

Ice, ice, and more ice. Hot water bottles or Ziploc bags filled with ice water work well - you can control the temperature based on the ice-to-water ratio. Water transfers the cold faster than ice alone, due to the increased surface area. It seems you can't ice too often, but no more that 15 minutes at a time (to avoid frostbite and nerve damage.) Once a day is not enough. This tactic helped me with Achilles tendonitus (actually a torn and surgically repaired Achilles, which is a radical form of tendonitus!) I was icing it 3x to 6x a day. Sometimes I would soak my ankle in a trash can filled with ice water.

Canadian strength coach Charles Poloquin relates a success story with women volleyball players and chronic Jumper's Knee. Apparently the entire team had it, to one degree or another. He used DEEP squats - thighs below parallel, like Olympic weightlifters do - to reestablish a better hamstring-to-quad strength ratio. This helped the knees track better, I think. Worth investigating.

Hope this helps.



Re: Nagging bursitis and tendonitis (Archive in tendonitis & bursitis.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on December 09, 2000 at 08:25:31:

In Reply to: Nagging bursitis and tendonitis posted by Dan Volkenant on December 07, 2000 at 00:27:35:

Hi, Dan.

At your age, the ONLY thing that causes this is total body "bracing". Only the regular practice of SR will resolve it and THAT will take a year for enough resolution that it will not recur (so long as you continue the SR).

As you should know, SR with imagery is now in universal use among professionial athletes of ALL pursuasions. The first book about this was "Mental Tennis" written 40 years ago.

SO, the same thing that will help your problem would also enhance your performance.

In the meantime, a good Chiropractor, in conjunction with a good Certified Rolfer, could help you realign your tendons and fascia enough to give immediate (though temporary) relief of symptoms. Also, 750 milligrams of glucosamine twice a day, 2000 milligrams of vitamin C twice a day and the essential fatty acids on the home page would help you heal what you have.

Go to the glossary for any unfamiliar terms and let us know how you do.

Walt



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