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.

4 comments

  • i had surgery in tendon my right arm afetr 3weeks can not move just can move alittle bit my finer also after this move i feel pain so,i amworry about repair tendon ,is it ubnormal or not?
    Physical therapy start but can not move

  • i had surgery in tendon my right arm afetr 3weeks can not move just can move alittle bit my fingers. also, after this move i feel pain so,i am worry about repair tendon ,is it ubnormal or not?
    Physical therapy start but can not move

  • You should be able to move things. I was able to immediately move my arm and I started physical therapy the following week. However, When I had surgery in my foot to repair a BROKEN tendon, that took months to heal. See a doctor!!!

  • Jeffrey Whipple

    3 months ago I hurt my right arm at my job. Reported it next day, but did see a workers comp. doc for several weeks. Thought it would get better. After 16 therapy sessions , a referal to orthopedic doctor. MRI done. Results are tennis elbow, tendonitis and tendon is very inflamed now where it attaches to the bone. Dr. recommended surgery. Left arm curl 25 plus lbs. Right arm after therapy sessions can hardly curl 5 lbs. without a good bit of pain .

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