Tendon Surgery Update
12/24/11 – On September 2, I had tendon surgery on my right arm to alleviate tendinitis.
The surgeon sliced the tendon, cut out scar tissue, and shaved a little bit of bone where the tendon attaches. Although the surgeon said I had ‘no restrictions’ immediately after surgery it was several weeks before I could play comfortably.
Physical therapy started immediate 5 days later. With any sort of tendon surgery it is recommended to start doing some sort of use right away so it remains flexible.
I was initially prescribed 6 weeks of physical therapy. The first 4 weeks felt more like real rehabilitation than just light physical therapy. After that it was just doing low weight / high repetition exercises which strengthens tendons. I started a second 6 week session but after a week I had my doubts on the efficacy of a second 6 week session. So I requested a routine that I could do on my own at my gym. And again, with tendon surgery it is high reps / low weights (around 6 sets of 30 repetitions) that strengthens tendons. So I empoyed unilateral training where I would use a heavier weight on the non-surgery side. Not only does this keep my lifting routine moving forward but also has a carryover effect to the other side keeping muscle atrophy to a minimu.