THE HEART OF THE MATTER
a special program of the National Emergency Medicine Association (NEMA) 

Week: 573.1

Guest: Dr. Stanley Pillemer, Nat'l Inst. of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal & Skin Diseases

Topic: Tendonitis

Host/ Producer: Steve Girard

NEMA: Avoiding tendonitis...coming up...

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NEMA: Tendonitis....stiffness and pain surrounding the joint and into the muscle....and you don't have to be Steffi Graf or Pete Sampras to get "tennis elbow"...Dr. Stanley Pillemer of the National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases...

PILLEMER: Things that might cause this...for example, a sudden overload of the tendon when playing tennis...or it may be that you have to perform repetitive motion over a long period of time. An example of this is using a screwdriver in an occupation, meatcutters also have a problem with this....

NEMA: And if you are getting tendonitis through your tennis game....?

PILLEMER: ...you should really look at your stroke, the way you're hitting the ball. You should look at the racket itself...studies have shown that if the racket is too big, and if the strings are too taut, then obviously you would expect more force is going to go into your hand when you try to swing it.

NEMA: Dr. Pillemer says tendonitis can usually be treated with rest, medication and hot and cold compresses. I'm Steve Girard at The Heart of the Matter.