Tendinitis( or Tendonitis ) is a condition that can not only take a toll on your daily activities due to pain and discomfort, but the condition can also worsen if not taken care of during the beginning stages. There are a variety of reasons tendinitis occurs and a variety of treatment methods used for preventative measures.Review below for additional information regarding the condition, signs and symptoms, and treatment methods. For additional information, feel free to contactour Kennesawlocation today!
What Are Tendons?
Tendons are the structural entity that connects your muscles to your bones. They consist of fibrous tissues that are tough, but flexible for moving. So, when we want to walk, jump, run, catch, or anything involving movement, your muscles use your tendons to pull the bone in the motion of which you wish to move. Tendons come in a variety of sizes and are connected to every muscle and bone in your body. Some tendons are tiny, like the ones that connect to your fingers and toes, and others are large, like the ones that connect to your legs and arms.
What Happens When A Tendon Gets Hurt?
When a tendon gets inflamed, or hurt, moving your muscles can be irritating and painful depending on the severity of the injury. Tendinitis, an inflammation of a tendon, can be a result of a variety of factors such as:
- Poor blood supply, which results in a weaker tendon due to lack of oxygen and nutrients
- Overuse of an injury
- Irregular bone structure, which would result in possible surgery to even out the bone area to improve tendon movement
What Are The Signs and Symptoms of Tendinitis?
Signs and symptoms include:
- Tenderness of the tendon area
- Swelling of a tendon
- Pain when moving a muscle or tendon
Most common areas for tendonitis:
- Achilles Tendon
- Posterior Tibial
- Patellar (kneecap)
- Rotator Cuff
If you start to notice any pain or swelling of a possible tendon area, contactAddison Sports Clinic for an exam.
What Are My Treatment Options?
There are a variety of treatment methods used to help aid in the pain, discomfort, and overall prevention of tendinitis.
The very first thing you want to do is apply ice. Reducing the swelling will help the pain accompanied with inflammation. Icing will help the tendon to go back down to its normal functioning position and reduce further aggravation.
#2- Rest & Protect
In addition to icing, you want to make sure you rest the area and protect it from additional strenuous use until it can be evaluated by your professional chiropractor.
#3- ART Treatments
At Advance Pain and Spine Center, Dr. Jason Addison specializes in ART treatmentsfor patients currently suffering from a variety of forms of tendinitis. ART treatments consist of specific stretches and movements used to place the tendon and muscle back to their normal functioning positions. Before ART is considered for treatment, an evaluation is done first to determine the severity of the injury. ContactDr. Jason today for additional information on ART treatments.
#4- Additional Treatments
Taking non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory will also help to reduce inflammation and irritation. Cortisone shots may be a method of treatment if tendinitis continues. Not all areas can be treated with cortisone shots, so always consult with your physician before considering this form of treatment.
For additional questions on treatment methods, feel free to contactour staff at Addison Sports Clinic today!
Treating the issue before it advances is vital for fast healing and prevention. If you notice signs and symptoms, always follow treatment recommendations with icing, resting and contacting your professional ARTChiropractorfor an evaluation. Tendinitis is not a condition you have to live with. Contact us today for more information.