WHAT IS TENDONITIS?
Tendons and muscles work together to help pull the bones in your body. Though tendons are considered soft tissue when compared to bones, they are actually quite tough. Tendonitis is simply inflammation of a tendon. This usually happens when the tendon gets overused or an injury has taken place. This condition most commonly affects athletes, but non-athletes can also experience tendonitis as well.
Here are the typical areas of the body that are affected:
Listed below are the various types of tendinitis:
Your achilles tendon is located between the heel and the calf muscle. This injury is most commonly a sports injury. You may have seen a baseball player experience an achilles tendon injury when sprinting to first base. This is due to the strain and burst of force being used. Most non-athletes with achilles tendonitis are usually living with rheumatoid arthritis.
This form of tendonitis affects the shoulder. When the tendon located around the top of the shoulder joint becomes inflamed, it can cause pain and discomfort when moving. The pain can become more severe when the arm is moved upwards. If there are other tendons in the area that are affected, the patient may need to be checked for rotator cuff syndrome.
Tennis or Golfer’s Elbow
If you are living with Tennis elbow, you are more than likely experiencing pain on the outer portion of your elbow. This pain may radiate down the arm and into the wrist.
If you are living with Golfer’s elbow, you may experience pain on the inner side of the elbow, with pain also traveling down to your wrist.
De Quervain’s Stenosing Tenosynovitis
This happens when the sheath around the thumb tendons, between the thumb and wrist become inflamed. It can become uncomfortable to move the thumb due to painful inflammation.
Tendonitis of the Wrist
If you play a sport, or have a job that requires the repetitive movement of your wrist, you may develop tendonitis of the wrist. This condition may be degenerative as opposed to tendinitis caused by inflammation.
Symptoms generally occur where the tendon attaches to the bone. These symptoms may include:
- Pain, which worsens with movement
- A feeling that the tendon is cracking or grating as it moves
- Swelling, heat, redness
- A lump may develop along the tendon
HOW CAN A CHIROPRACTOR HELP?
Becuase the symptoms of tendonitis can often mimic the symptoms of other serious conditions, your chiropractor may first take X-rays of the area to ensure an accurate diagnosis. Once a positive tendonitis diagnosis is made, your chiropractor may develop a treatment targeted for your specific needs. These treatments will be intended to address the root cause, instead of simply masking the symptoms.
Depending on the level of inflammation, your chiropractor may incorporate techniques such as, ice, bracing, electrical muscle stimulation to help soften the tendons, and or Cold Laser Therapy, which is very effective at reducing inflammation. These first steps are crucial and the mark of an experienced chiropractor.
Once your chiropractor has the inflammation under control, her or she may employ the following therapies:
- Joint manipulation
- Strengthening exercises
If you’re visiting an experienced chiropractor, her or she may successfully get the pain to reduce, or in some cases, disappear. But beware! This is where most patients go wrong. They now feel like they are cured, and there is no reason to keep treating.
During the first 2-3 weeks of treatment, inflammation and pain may reduce, but you must continue treatment to ensure a full recovery. The healing process is known to take six weeks or longer, and you shouldn’t return to intense activities until your chiropractor gives you the OK.
During the healing process, your body will generate scar tissue which will aid in the healing process. Once you have fully healed, the scar tissue will need to be broken down to regained full mobility and flexibility.
Your chiropractor may use various methods of treatment to break down scar tissue. He or she may recommend gentle massage, mild stretching, and even light exercising once tissues are fully healed.
Here’s the good news, tendonitis may be completely healed with the help of an experienced chiropractor. Not only will your chiropractor employ the treatments mentioned earlier in this article, but he or she may also advise you on lifestyle choices to help reduce the chances of injury in the future.
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