Tendonitis

According to SportsMD, there are approximately 300,000 rotator cuff surgeries performed annually in the United States. Although tendonitis of the rotator cuff can result in surgery, there are several treatments available that can help alleviate your tendonitis symptoms before surgery becomes necessary.

Tendonitis refers to the pain, inflammation and swelling that results from overuse or injury of the tendons. The areas that are most likely to be affected by tendonitis are: wrist, elbow, shoulder, ankle, knee, or hip. Whitehall Health Center works with you to identify your specific symptoms and develop the most effective treatment for your condition.

Treatments

Interferential Electro-Therapy

Interferential electro-therapy (IFT) reduces muscles spasms, pain, and inflammation by applying small electric currents to the affected areas. According to the Journal of Physical Therapy Association, IFT may be able to relieve pain more effectively than alternative tendonitis treatments.

Massage Therapy

Collagen and elastin fibers are two proteins that make up the majority of the tendon. Collagen helps improve strength, while elastin fibers allow the tendon to remain flexible. When the balance between strength and flexibility is compromised within a tendon, injuries can occur. Massage therapy helps reduce the potential for injury by increasing collagen production and improving flexibility and strength within the tendon.

Neuromuscular Reeducation

As you walk, talk, lift your arms, or type on a computer, your nerves send signals between your muscles and brain that tell your body how to move. These movements eventually become learned patterns and habit. When your body experiences trauma related to injury, medical conditions, or a stroke, these muscle patterns can be disrupted and movement can become difficult or painful. Neuromuscular reeducation works to relieve pain and accelerate the healing process by restoring muscle patterns.

Symptoms

The following are the most common symptoms of tendonitis:

Pain along a tendon

Although your pain may originate in the tendon, discomfort can extend across the tendon and affect adjoining bones and muscles.

Increased pain at night

The movement of fluids and proteins, to and from your joints, slows down at night which can lead to stiffness and pain.

Pain while moving

Tendons connect muscle to the bone. As you walk, lift your arms, or move your fingers, your muscles contract, which can be painful for those suffering from tendonitis.

Common Forms Of Tendonitis

Achilles Tendon

Achilles tendonitis results from stretching, swelling or tearing the tendon that connects your calf muscle to the back of your heel.

Shoulder

The two most common forms of shoulder tendonitis are those that affect the biceps and rotator cuff. Bicep tendonitis can cause pain in the front or side of the shoulder, forearm or elbow. The rotator cuff causes pain to the group of muscles that connect the arm to the shoulder blade.

Elbow

The most common forms of tendonitis in the elbow include, golfer’s and tennis elbow. Pain usually develops near the elbow and can extend to the upper arm or forearm.

Causes

The following are some of the lifestyle choices, activities and preexisting conditions, that can increase your risk of developing tendonitis:

  • Injury
  • Muscle overuse
  • Repetitive activities
  • Aging
  • Incorrect posture
  • Failing to stretch before and after exercising
  • Diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis
  • Carpentry
  • Painting
  • Scrubbing
  • Gardening and other yard work
  • Tennis
  • Skiing
  • Pitching and throwing
  • Golf

Prevent Tendonitis

Tendonitis often results from weak or stiff muscles and tendons. With our functional fitness programs, Whitehall Health Center can help you develop a fitness routine that can help alleviate your tendonitis symptoms. The following suggestions may reduce your risk of tendon injuries:

  • Avoid repetitive activities both at work and home.
  • Develop strength and flexibility in your muscles.
  • Before doing any activity, make sure that you warm up your muscles.
  • Stretch before and after movement.
  • Do not continue any activity if you feel pain.

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