Tendonitis (Tendinitis)

Tendonitis.When tendons, the bands of tissue that attach your muscles to your bones, become inflamed or irritated, you have tendonitis. The most common sites for tendonitis are elbows, wrists, knees and heels, though any tendon can become inflamed.

Tendons are made of a tough, flexible tissue. They can be small, like those in the hands, or thick and ropelike, like the tendons in the thigh. Tendonitis is usually caused by overuse, such as throwing a ball too often or increasing physical activity too rapidly, like when you start a new exercise regimen. You can help prevent tendonitis by stretching before physical activities. This can increase your range of motion and will help keep you from catching a tight ligament off guard.

Some common musculoskeletal complaints that go by other names are actually tendonitis. These include “tennis elbow,” “golfer’s elbow,” “jumper’s knee” and “pitcher’s elbow.” But you don’t have to play sports to develop tendonitis. Tendons can also become inflamed from activities like gardening, carpentry, other repetitive tasks or even household chores. Left untreated, tendonitis can lead to chronic pain and secondary injury, but chiropractic care can help your tendonitis heal naturally.

Symptoms of Tendonitis

Tendonitis causes pain in the tissues surrounding a joint. In some cases, the joint may feel weak and the area may be red, swollen and warm to the touch. Your specific symptoms depend on which area of your body is affected:

Treatment of Tendonitis

When you have tendonitis, you should limit use of the affected area. It may take weeks of rest to allow the body to heal, but chiropractic treatment can help speed up the process without drugs, steroid injections or surgery. Chiropractors can treat tendonitis using adjustments and techniques designed to break up scar tissue, reduce inflammation and return normal function to the affected area.

Treatments may include anti-inflammatory therapies such as low-level laser or electrotherapy to help with tissue repair. Anti-inflammatory supplements may also be recommended. If you have scar tissue, which can impede mobility, chiropractors can break up the adhesions, promoting faster healing by increasing blood flow to the area. When appropriate, chiropractors can also recommend rehabilitative exercises. If you have signs of tendonitis, ask us how we can encourage your body to heal using safe and effective methods.