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How to Diagnose Bowler's Tendonitis

by Jessica Jones

Bowler's tendonitis is the cause of repetitive action such as the release and delivery motion while bowling. If you bowl often, you may experience pain in your wrist or elbow. Pain can range from mild to constant piercing. Seeing a physician and making changes to your bowling posture, exercise regimen and the frequency in which you bowl can help reduce the pain and help tendons heal properly. Read on to learn more about how to diagnose bowler's tendonitis.

Know that sharp, constant pain in the elbow, wrist or knee is usually a sign of bowler's tendonditis. Ignoring this pain, even when it is slight and infrequent, can cause further injury over time. If you bowl often, the repetitive motion of this sport is usually the cause.

Protecting your arm from injury is very important if you want to continue bowling. Maintaining correct posture, stretching before and after a game to increase muscle flexibility and seeing a physician during the early stages of tendonitis can all help alleviate future pain and suffering.

Even though bowler's tendonitis can affect anyone who enjoys the sport, young bowlers and senior bowlers are affected most often. Young bowlers can develop bowler's tendonitis because their bones and muscles are still growing. The sudden stress of repetitive motion can lead to intense pain. Senior bowlers suffer from the same stress, but since their bones and muscles are degenerating, the frequency of developing tendonitis is increased.

The best way to prevent further injury to your elbow, wrist or knee is to visit your physician as soon as pain, numbness or fatigue develops. While you may have to take a break from bowling for awhile, treating tendonitis before the pain becomes unbearable will save you from having surgery or living with the pain indefinitely.

Tips

  • Make sure you always choose a bowling ball that is the appropriate weight.
  • Stretching before and after a bowling match will reduce your chances of developing tendonitis in your elbow, wrist and knees.

Warning

  • If you injure yourself while bowling, see a physician as soon as possible. Ignoring the warning signs will only result in more intense pain and discomfort.

About the Author

Based in the Washington metro area, Jessica Jones has been a freelance writer since 2006, specializing in business topics. Her fiction has also been featured in publications such as "The Jamaican Observer Sunday Literary Supplement" and at websites including HackWriters. Jones earned a Master of Fine Arts in fiction writing from Lesley University.