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      Unhappy Injured! Pulled a tendon on my arm

      Tendonitis it is on my left arm. I used to be very active, athletic and had a very active workout life. Wanting to try something different I took up P90X to check out what the fuss is all about. Mistake. Just when only two weeks was left out to completion (total 90 days program), I injured myself pretty bad. I pulled a tendon on my left arm. Inflamed and seriously injured.

      Its been over 10 months now and I'm still recuperating. It was so sore that I could hardly hold anything (not even a pen), twist, turn or lift my arm. The condition has improved a lot from what it was but I'm not 100% OK yet. I have regained much of my grip strength, can lift and turn my arm and perform everyday chores but could hardly lift any weight to workout. It still hurts.

      My six pack has disappeared, put up a lot of fat - from 10% body fat to may be 25% now - and feel lousy all day for not being able to work out. I'm not disciplined at eating any more, feel totally ****ed, suppressed, oppressed and depressed, and no more experiencing the 'pump' & the orgasm associated with it. I fall into tears everytime I see myself on the mirror.

      While in the US, I was treated at a sport medicine & injury facility. Now that I'm here (Chennai), I would like to know if there is any such facility at all here (The general orthopedics here don't know shit and I have so far tried many). More than that I need some encouragement and motivation

      As a side note, the creator of P90X program had his entire bicep come off completely on his right arm (google 'tony horton bicep injury'). I'm a little better off, to say the least, when compared to him.
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      Quote Originally Posted by keerthi View Post
      I'm not disciplined at eating any more, feel totally ****ed, suppressed, oppressed and depressed, and no more experiencing the 'pump' & the orgasm associated with it. I fall into tears everytime I see myself on the mirror.
      feel sad for you! i can't help you with any info about the injury but certainly i think you can keep good health by exercising other body parts. espcially for a lean build and fat loss weighted sit ups is the best option from my experience. if you can join a gym with an instructor you can do it on rails. you don't have to bear weight on your arms. its a great exrcise even otherwise. you can definitely resort to full body execises like sit-ups/ jumping burpees [ofcourse without the push-ups or with plank on elbow support] till your arm heals. this is what i can suggest with my limited experience.
      and all the best and wish you a fast recovery!
      so cheer up and start running [though i don't like it ] and keep doing other activities and i also think it would be helpful if you are on a steady protein diet [this for the part about increasing fat percentage .. otherwise consult a dietecian/doc before going on this diet]!
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      Quote Originally Posted by keerthi View Post
      Now that I'm here (Chennai), I would like to know if there is any such facility at all here (The general orthopedics here don't know shit and I have so far tried many). More than that I need some encouragement and motivation
      Very sorry to hear that buddy. You will get well soon!

      Did you try Soundarapandian Bone and Joints hospital in Anna Nagar? If you think it is not so good, there is an Ortho by the name of Mr.Singaravadivelan who is the Hod of Ortho department at Chengalpet Medical college. he visits chennai by the evening.

      While you are recuperating, I suggest you follow the Paleo diet till you can hit the gym again. It will help you lose all those excessive fat!

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      Have you heard of Puli-patthu (puli as tamarind)... this was a household fix for ligament tears, sprains etc. It is made by boiling tamarind, turmeric and salt and applying the hot paste on the injured area. It has worked well with me.

      I tore my ligament on my left foot - hospitals advised me scans, x-rays and hospitalization - some reputed ones suggested a surgery also. In all 20 days out of action and lots of cash outflow.

      It was my neighbour who suggested trying puli-patthu and I was back driving in 1 week. If you are open for a more traditional cure, you can try this one or others at a Siddha/Ayurveda clinic.

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      Pradeep Narayan; Puli patthu sounds encouraging. Will definitely try that. Could you please provide me exact recipe to prepare that? Not sure in what proportion I should mix the ingredients. Google did not help much. My ortho is suggesting to go for cortisol shots. But I'm holding up.
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      Here is how you make it:

      Ingredients: Tamarind, Turmeric (kasturi manjal or turmeric root) only.

      Make a thick tamarind paste (with tamarind + warm water) with 100 grams of tamarind - start with 100 g and reduce based on usage. To this add 4 teaspoons of Turmeric. The Turmeric should be the one that is used for face and not the one used for cooking. In tamil, it is called Kasturi Manjal. In case you dont get this type of turmeric, get a turmeric root and grate it.

      Now boil this mixture till it reduces to 1/2 its volume... or becomes a thick paste.
      Now comes the trick part: based on how much heat you can tolerate, apply the hot paste to the injured part. It has to be a thick layer covering the area injured. Remember, it has to be hot and not warm or luke warm, but not too hot to burn you through.

      Keep this on for about 30 mins.. you will feel the skin tingling and tightening. After that wash off with warm water. Repeat this 3-4 times a day.

      The excess paste can be reheated when mixed with water.

      Get well soon!

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      If the pain has gone on for 10 months, you're now in tendinosis phase rather than tendinitis.
      There might have been a significant tear in the beginning, that then goes on to inflammation that is part of the natural healing process. When it persists, its called tendinitis, and when it is long term, it is called tendinosis. The difference is that there is probably a bit of scar tissue that is hanging around the old injury site and preventing full range of motion and also causing pain because it is adhering to all the wrong spots.

      Rehab is serious business and needs a lot of experience patience, time and knowledge. Finding a doctor with all of these attributes is next to impossible.
      I have a very poor opinion of my orthopaedic colleagues( to be honest, us physicians aren't much better, but ) because of the way my back pain was dealt with a few years ago. I was given pain killers and advised rest. I lay in bed for 6 months crying and contemplating suicide. I finally, sat down and read all I could and figured it out myself, and fixed myself. So, forgive me if I come off as overly critical of orthos.

      I don't have the expertise to deal with ortho problems, on top of that, I haven't examined you. I don't even know exactly which tendon is damaged.

      As far as general rules of rehab go, you're going to have to move the affected joint in a graded manner, first in a passive way, then actively, then gradually with loading. While you're doing all that, you'll have to control inflammation with cold compresses, warm compresses, external ointments and balms, oral meds and if necessary, steroid injections.
      IMO, steroid injections should be a last resort if you've made a real attempt with self rehab, and self myofascial release
      You need an orthopaedician who is into physical activity and exercise himself, just like you. A sports medicine specialist who actually looks like he's into sports maybe better.
      The option with the highest chance of success is probably a sensible physiotherapist who knows what he's doing.

      In the meantime, fix your diet and stress levels, that will help immensely with healing.
      I can't recommend any specific exercises as I don't have specific details of your injury or current status.
      Don't give up.
      I don't know how to help you over the internet, that kind of help is usually useless in situations like this.
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      So the General orthopedic(s) in US were familiar with shit....hmm why am I not surprised. Anyhow since you are out of redneck country, you can visit this facility run by Dr. Kannan in Chennai

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      Quote Originally Posted by keerthi View Post
      While in the US, I was treated at a sport medicine & injury facility. Now that I'm here (Chennai), I would like to know if there is any such facility at all here (The general orthopedics here don't know shit and I have so far tried many). More than that I need some encouragement and motivation
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      Quote Originally Posted by khoj View Post
      So the General orthopedic(s) in US were familiar with shit...
      No... I never said that. India or anywhere else, the general orthopedics are not of much help as far as this type of injury is concerned. What I need is a sports injury treatment and rehabilitation facility. Thanks for the link. I will check it out.

      I might have been little harsh with the wording but I'm not despising our doctors. I'm not an American, sir. Chill. I hope you rather see my frustration there.
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