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What is Tendonitis?
Tendonitis is irritation or inflammation and pain within any of the body’s tendons.
A tendon is the thick cord that attaches muscle to bone. While tendonitis is able to affect any of the body’s tendons, creating pain surrounding the joint, tendonitis mostly occurs around the shoulders, elbows, wrists, knees, and heels.
Luckily tendonitis pain is fairly simple to treat, the R.I.C.E method generally will speed recovery and home ultrasound can be incredibly helpful in reducing inflammation and providing relief.
The tell tale symptoms of tendonitis in any region of the body are weakness and pain surrounding the tendons, stiffness, and potential swelling. This is caused by the repeated contraction of muscles that puts stress on the tissue and causes small tears in the tendons attaching the muscles to the bone. Simply meaning – tendonitis is caused by over use and repetitive motions. Other risk factors that may cause tendonitis in the elbow are :
- Age – Although tendonitis can affect anybody it is most common in people 30-50 years old.
- Activities & sports
Although tendonitis may not always be preventable luckily it is very treatable. The tendonitis injury itself is generally self-limiting meaning it will eventually heal on its own over time, however the pain can be quite severe for several weeks or months so reducing pain and inflammation and regaining motion is the most important action.
The R.I.C.E (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) method is recommended once signs of tendonitis begin to present, painkillers such as ibuprofen can assist in reducing pain, and lastly home ultrasound such as Sonic Relief is incredibly effective in increasing local blood flow, increasing healing, and relaxing tissue to reduce pain and aid in the natural healing process.
Types of Tendonitis
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Adductor Tendonitis
- Patellar Tendonitis
- Rotator Cuff Tendonitis
- Tennis and Golfers Elbow
- And other types too!