If you suffer from tendonitis, you know how it impacts your life, sometimes making everyday things more difficult. It can interfere with many of your day-to-day activities and just wears you down mentally as you struggle to go about your day with it. You may not know what is wrong until you are diagnosed, but you certainly know something is wrong. Fortunately, there are ways to treat it.
Tendons are bands of fibrous connective tissue. They attach muscles to bone, enabling movement. When a muscle contracts, such as the muscle in your calf, the tendon enables the muscle to move your foot because of its connection to the bone. When a tendon becomes irritated and inflamed, the problems resulting from the inflammation can be long-lasting and interfere with certain movements if it is not diagnosed and treated.
Sometimes tendons are confused with ligaments, but they are not the same. Ligaments connect bone to bone, as in the small bones in your fingers.
Tendonitis occurs when a tendon becomes inflamed. tendonitis can affect any tendon in the body, but there are certain places that are affected most commonly. There are several types of tendonitis, often named for the activities that cause it. These include tennis elbows and golfer’s or baseball elbows. These types of tendonitis are due to inflammation of the tendons that move the wrist either toward or back from the palm. There are also other types such as swimmer’s shoulder and jumper’s knee.
If you have tendonitis and it isn’t treated properly, a more serious condition called tendinosis can develop. This means that degenerative changes in your tendon can develop, and even new blood vessel growth is abnormal. Worse, your chances of having the tendon rupture increase. This condition is much more serious and may result in surgery.
There are several symptoms that can signal tendonitis. If you have one or more of these symptoms, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have tendonitis, as they can appear with other conditions as well. Only a professional can properly diagnose tendonitis.
It is sometimes caused by strain, as in suddenly “moving the wrong way.” It can also be caused by an injury.
Tendonitis is most often caused by overuse of a particular joint, as in the case of repetitive movements over a period of time. This is known as Repetitive Strain Injury. This can be the result of exercise or sports that involve repetitive movements, as with the aforementioned golfer’s and tennis elbow. Sports that are most likely to result in tendonitis include basketball, baseball, golf, running, tennis, bowling, and swimming. It’s more likely to occur in people who participate in sports without proper training or who don’t use good techniques.
It can also be caused by repetitive movements that are related to a person’s job. If your job involves repetitive movements, often being in awkward positions or in them for periods of time, frequently reaching over your head, forceful exertion or vibration, you’re more likely to develop tendonitis.
There are several things you can do to avoid the possibility of getting tendonitis or easing it once you have it. These include:
First of all, the chiropractor will assess your condition to find out the cause and rule out any other possibilities. This is a very necessary step, as some of the symptoms of tendonitis are similar to those of arthritis, especially joint stiffness and pain.
After assessing your condition, if tendonitis is diagnosed, the chiropractor will formulate a plan to help you that is natural and doesn’t involve surgery or drugs. This plan can include rest, ice, immobilizing the affected joint temporarily, physical therapy, strengthening exercises, massage, laser therapy, electrical muscle stimulation, and manual trigger point therapy. If the movement of the affected joint is lessened, joint manipulation can also help.
Chronic tendonitis is a condition that has been affecting the joint for at least six months. During the evaluation, the chiropractor will look for the exact point of the pain. This could be an injury that occurred elsewhere but is now affecting a joint elsewhere in your body. The injury could cause a misalignment of a joint or joints, which can cause extra strain in the tendons while they try to hold everything together.
If a misalignment is discovered, getting everything back in place can cause the tendonitis or the symptoms to disappear completely. Your chiropractor will then give you exercises to follow to strengthen the affected muscles and help keep this misalignment from happening again. Chiropractors usually recommend other methods to help heal and prevent future problems, such as lifestyle changes, diet changes and supplements, offering a full body approach. This will also help to prevent such problems elsewhere in the body before they can happen.
Consulting a good chiropractor is a good first step to helping your tendonitis. A chiropractor can also help with many other conditions, such as neck or back pain, injuries from car accidents, sciatica, sports injuries, and other problems. You can contact an industry leader at Active Life Wellness Center, located in Brampton, ON. They have a convenient website at WWW.ALWC.CA to learn how they can help!
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