Tendinitis is a very common condition that takes place when a tendon or
the tissue surrounding it becomes irritated and inflamed. A tendon is
the tissue that connects muscle to bone and allows you to move.
often times happens from overuse. It could be from an overuse syndrome
or repetitive motion from work, an injury, or an accident. The most
common is from overdoing some type of exercise. Once you have
tendonitis you may experience any or all of the following:
who have elevated risk factors for tendonitis are professional or
amateur athletes, those that do some type of manual labor, and people
who spend a lot of time at a computer keyboard. (There are certain
instances where these conditions will be misdiagnosed as a disease
processes such as rheumatoid arthritis and gout.) We also see a
weakening and breakdown of the tendons affecting the elasticity due to
nutritional deficiency and or advanced aging making this segment of the
population more susceptible to tendonitis.
Lateral Epicondylitis: Commonly referred to as “Tennis Elbow”. Seen when the tendon on the outside of the elbow becomes inflamed and painful. If you extend your wrist backward and experience pain at the outside of your elbow you may just have Lateral Epicondylitis. It is referred to as tennis elbow, due to the mechanism
Medial Epicondylitis: Commonly referred to a “Golfers Elbow”. You may also see this referred to as “Climbers Elbow” or “Little League Elbow”, due to the requirement of the gripping and flexing the forearm for the motions. Seen when the tendon(s) on the inside of the forearm become inflamed and painful. Stress from this tendonitis is placed on the flexor tendons such as, pronator teres, flexor carpi radialis, flexor carpi ulnaris, flexor digitorum superficialis, and palmaris longus whose job it is to bend and flex the palm forward.
Rotator Cuff Tendonitis: Commonly seen shoulder condition, which can result from having a prior strain that for whatever reason has not healed properly resulting in stress on the tendons. Since it is usually a result of another condition, once managed it is important to address the original condition that led to the rotator cuff tendonitis
Chiropractic and the therapies they provide (Ultrasound, Electrical Muscle Stimulation, Cold Laser Therapy) may be helpful for treating tendinitis. Whether there is a restricted range of motion, preventing proper movement of the spine or affected joints, or a pinched nerve, prevented the nervous system from functioning properly, making these corrections so the body has the ability to heal and function properly is the
Warm-Up/Cool-Down: It may sound like something you have heard over and over again, but warming up “Properly” before any type of physical activity is very important, as well as “Properly” cooling down once your activity is complete.
Start slowly: When starting a new activity, take your time. Build the strength and flexibility that the activity requires over time. Little by little you “Will” get stronger and improve, but not if you cause damage because you pushed too hard too soon.
Form Form Form: Learning the proper form required for an exercise or activity is so important, I can’t stress it strongly enough.
Make it a Regular Thing: Doing an activity on a regular basis instead of just once in a while, will keep your body strong and trained for that activity.