Tendonitis

If you live with tendonitis, you know how painful it is.  If you’re in pain though and aren’t sure if that’s the cause, here are some common symptoms to look out for:

  • Pain at the site of the tendon and surrounding area. Pain may gradually build up or be sudden and severe, especially if calcium deposits are present.
  • Loss of motion in the shoulder, called “adhesive capsulitis” or frozen shoulder.

If you’re dealing with the painful symptoms, you may wonder how you ended up having this. There are numerous reasons someone can end up having tendonitis, but typically it’s caused by repetitive or minor impacts to the area or in some cases, a serious injury.  This issue is also seen more commonly in adults over the age of 40 because as tendons age, they tolerate less stress, lose elasticity, and are easier to tear.

Here are a few every day activities that can cause the matter: Gardening, raking, shoveling, painting, scrubbing, throwing, and more.

Kind of makes you want to put off that major house project or perhaps, make an excuse for why you’re letting your house get just a little dirty…or paying teenagers to shovel during winter storms, doesn’t it?!

Risk Factors for Elbow, Hip & Shoulder Tendonitis:

Of course, there are other more complicated reasons people can end up with shoulder tendonitis or wherever your source of pain resides

  1. Overuse- Are you a weekend warrior—playing hard and exercising only on the weekends, and then retreating to your sedentary life during the week? That can cause issues with the tendons, which are either not used to the movements or are accidentally overused.
  1. Bad Stretching– Poor stretching pre and post exercise or when playing sports is a ripe risk factor.
  1. Issues Stemming From Your Health- Any stresses from conditions, such as, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, psoriatic arthritis, thyroid disorders, or perhaps, unusual reactions to medications you might be taking for another health issue.
  1. Poorly Placed Bone or Joint- If you have an abnormal or poorly placed bone or joint, this can cause issues in your soft tissues.
  1. Infection From a Bite– If you’re the lucky victim of a cat or dog bite to your hand or finger, an infection can cause tendonitis.

Chronic Knee Pain: Areas of Pain

A torn or sore tendon may be the source of your chronic knee pain, but it can occur in any area of the body where a tendon connects a bone to a muscle. The most common places are:

  • Base of the thumb
  • Elbow
  • Shoulder
  • Hip
  • Knee
  • Achilles tendon

Treating Achilles Tendonitis Treatment

Achilles tendonitis treatment, as well as other forms such as shoulder, hip and knee, requires various treatments depending on the severity of the pain:

First:

  • Avoid  activities that aggravate the problem
  • Rest the injured area
  • Ice the area the day of the injury
  • Take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs or using topical anti-inflammatory gels

Still not feeling better? You may need more advanced help, like:

  • Corticosteroid injections:Corticosteroids (often called simply “steroids”) are often used because they work quickly to decrease the inflammation and pain.
  • Physical Therapy: This can be very beneficial, especially for a “frozen shoulder.” Physical therapy includes range-of-motion exercises and splinting (thumb, forearm, and bands).
  • Surgery: This is only rarely needed for severe problems not responding to other treatments.

You should see your doctor if you experience any of the following as they could be signs of a more serious matter:

  • Fever (over 100 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Swelling, redness, and warmth
  • General illness or multiple sites of pain
  • Inability to move the affected area

To start feeling well again, contact Advanced Wellness and let our integrative multidisciplinary practice work with you. Call us today at (732) 431-2155

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