How to Treat Bowler's Tendonitis


Bowler's tendinitis is a condition that is caused by repetitive motions associated with the game of bowling. It is very similar to conditions of tendinitis suffered by golfers, tennis players, and other athletes whose sports require repetitive motions. Although there's no sure-fire way to avoid bowler's tendinitis, there are many ways to effectively treat it.

Things You'll Need

  • Time
  • A little money
  • A brace
  • Medicated ointment
  • Ice packs
  • Heating pad
  • Over-the-counter pain medication
  • The first step to take is to see your physician and ask her whether or not the condition is too serious for you to continue bowling. If she tells you that it is, listen. Also, your doctor may prescribe you certain medications that will help you with your bowler's tendinitis.

  • Before bowling, try using medicated ointment on the affected area. This will loosen up your muscles, tendons and ligaments and may help you significantly during your bowling.

  • Half an hour before you're going to bowl, take some over-the-counter pain medication, like aspirin, ibuprofen, or any other similar product. These will help you manage the pain associated with bowling with bowler's tendinitis.

  • Make sure to wear a brace during your bowling that helps with the area in which the tendinitis is worst.

  • After bowling, ice the area affected by your tendonitis to minimize swelling and pain. Ice the area twenty minutes at a time, once every 2-3 hours, avoiding direct skin contact with the ice by using a towel or other insulating medium.

  • About 24 hours after the bowling, switch from icing the tendinitis-affected area to using a heating pad on it. Heat the area for about 30 minutes at a time, once every 4-6 hours.

Tips & Warnings

  • * Ask your local pro-shop professional to diagnose any problems in your bowling form. These often make bowler's tendinitis much worse, and removing them may significantly improve your condition.
  • * Do not overuse over-the-counter pain medications to help mitigate the effects of your bowler's tendinitis. Doing so may be dangerous to your health. Instead, see your physician and relate the problem to them.

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