Tendinitis is a very common condition that takes place when a tendon, the tissue that connects a muscle to the bone it will allow you to move, or the tissue surrounding it becomes irritated and inflamed.
Tendonitis will happen from some type of overuse. It could be from an overuse syndrome or repetitive motion from the type of work you do, or a type of injury or accident, but probably the most common is from overdoing some type of exercise. Once you have tendonitis, in the affected areas you may experience any or all of the following:
Those who we typically consider
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.