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Old 12-24-2011, 07:50 AM   #1
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Loss of grip strength after bout with tendonitis

I'm wondering if anyone here has encountered the same problem as me? After having a 5 or 6 month bout with tendonitis, I finally got over the hill and the pain was gone. I have noticed over the last year of being pain free, my grip has gotten weaker. Holding a stick during Kali sessions or even shaving for a long period of time becomes a little tiresome for my hand. I'm still able to do pullups, rows etc with decent weight, but anything that requires any sustained strength is tough. I've started foam rolling as well as using a tennis ball. Any ideas on what else I could do? I'm assuming its the tight muscles that came with the tendonitis.
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Old 12-24-2011, 09:02 AM   #2
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Re: Loss of grip strength after bout with tendonitis

Could be some nerve entrapment and/or longscale hypoxia in the muscles (from being tight). Once you release the muscles that should probably help significantly I'm going to guess.

I would also look at mobility work for the shoulder and neck as that can contribute to issues at the elbows.
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Old 12-24-2011, 09:31 AM   #3
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Re: Loss of grip strength after bout with tendonitis

Thanks for responding. Every massage therapist I have ever used has said that my forearms are the tightest they have ever felt. They all respond in the same "shocked" way. Luckily, I have found one close by that gets in deeeeeep. Hopefully with self massaging and massages from a professional, I can get my muscles to unlock.
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Old 12-25-2011, 09:43 AM   #4
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Re: Loss of grip strength after bout with tendonitis

How is your flexibility in forearm supination/pronation and elbow extension? Also, how is your grip strength when your elbow and forearm are in different positions? You shoulder always be stronger when your wrist is in neutral but that doesn't mean you are going to have to same strength when your wrists are in awkward positions (ie. shaving and filipino martial arts).

How is your strength through the rest of the arm (biceps and shoulder)? Have a friend pull/push on those muscle groups and determine if there is a difference in strength/stability between left and right?
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Old 12-30-2011, 08:16 AM   #5
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Re: Loss of grip strength after bout with tendonitis

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How is your flexibility in forearm supination/pronation and elbow extension?
I don't mean to hijack. But lets say I'm inflexible in pronation in one of my forearms. I just can't pronate it enough so that the palm faces completely downwards (while my elbow is tucked to my torso and flexed at 90 degrees with upper arm, so forearm is horizontal). What would be advisable to do in such case?
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Old 12-30-2011, 09:56 AM   #6
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Re: Loss of grip strength after bout with tendonitis

Well, could be biceps or supinator tightness...

could also be an issue with tight fascia or radioulnar joint mobility so.. those may be some other things to target
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Old 12-31-2011, 03:51 PM   #7
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Re: Loss of grip strength after bout with tendonitis

A couple of additional information. My thumbs seem to tire before anything else. Also, my hands are always cold. I'm assuming its a circulation issue.
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Re: Loss of grip strength after bout with tendonitis

It could be that tight forearms are cutting off blood flow to your hands.

Also, thenar eminence is innervated by median nerve.

I'd focus some soft tissue work towards all of the flexors, especially pronator teres and deep flexors and up at the shoulder as well.
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