How We Treat Tendinitis
Tendinitis, also sometimes called overuse tendinopathy, is a painful condition that results from inflammation or an actual tear in the tendon. While it can occur anywhere in the body, it is more common in certain areas and can result in knee pain or elbow pain. Early treatment can help prevent complications. At Capitol Rehab of Crofton, we have a number of treatment strategies to deal with tendinitis. If you’re looking for tendinitis pain relief, we’re your Crofton chiropractor of choice.
Each muscle is connected to a bone by thick, fibrous cords called tendons. Although it occasionally results from an acute injury, tendinitis is much more likely to be an overuse injury. Repetitive motions such as typing, running, throwing and using a tennis racket or golf club can all result in tendinitis. Over time, you develop tiny tears – called micro tears – in the tendon itself. Untreated, these tears can become larger, and in severe cases, the entire tendon tears. The tears cause the tendon to become thickened and inflamed, which causes pain, limited motion and loss of strength. Tendinitis is most common in the shoulders, elbows, wrists, knees, and heels.
Symptoms and Diagnosis
The common names for tendinitis, such as tennis elbow, swimmer’s shoulder or pitcher’s shoulder, indicate likely causes of this problem. Repetitive motion is the source of the problem. Symptoms occur at the point where the tendon attaches to the bone and include dull, aching pain, especially when you move the affected joint. Tenderness and mild swelling may also occur. The diagnosis is usually made based on patient history and symptoms, but a diagnostic test such as an MRI may also help pinpoint the problem. Age, certain sports and occupations that require repetitive motions, awkward positions, frequent overhead reaching or forceful exertion are risk factors for tendinitis.
Prevention and Treatment
As with most musculoskeletal problems, prevention is the first choice. At work, the correct ergonomic design makes a difference. Take frequent breaks to stretch muscles. Cross-train or change your activities frequently throughout the day. Engage in regular exercise to stretch and strengthen muscles. Always pay attention to posture and body mechanics. Once symptoms occur, seek treatment. See your Crofton chiropractor at the first sign of a symptom such as knee pain or elbow pain. Rest is an important component of both prevention and treatment, while joint adjustments, massage, and acupuncture can also be helpful.
Schedule an Appointment Today!
If you suffer from tendinitis, please contact Capitol Rehab of Crofton at (410) 451-3561. Located at 1302 Cronson Boulevard, in Crofton, MD, we treat the whole family. In addition to tendinitis pain relief, you’ll find advice about weight loss and sports nutrition here. We offer extended and Saturday hours to help meet your scheduling needs.