According to WedMd, “Tendinitis (also called tendonitis) is an inflammation or irritation of a tendon, a thick cord that attaches bone to muscle.” Tendonitis is most often caused by repetitive, minor impact on the affected area, or from a sudden more serious injury. Repetitive activities that cause tendonitis can be anything from gardening to shoveling, from painting to golf. Bad posture at work or home and not stretching properly before or after exercise and activities can also cause tendonitis.
Thankfully, if you are suffering from tendonitis you should know that there are many treatment options available! If you contact Pain Stop, one of our pain professionals will look at your particular case of tendonitis and put you into a treatment plan that will include one or more of the treatments below, as well as a plan for at-home things you can do…
9 Treatment Options for Tendonitis:
1. physical therapy – Physio therapy can held increase range-of-motion and reduce pain and inflammation affecting the tendon. For more on what to expect from physio therapy, visit our Physio Therapy Blog.
2. Active Release Techniques – ART is a massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. It is used for a variety of conditions including headaches, carpal tunnel and of course tendonitis.
3. Joint injections – Anti-inflammatory trigger point injections are often prescribed by our pain doctors for tendonitis sufferers. For more information on trigger point injections, click here.
4. Over the counter medications – Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as Ibuprofen are sometimes suggested to manage symptoms at particular times, though at Pain Stop we don’t want to see our patients have to rely on any type of medications. Our goal will be to get your tendonitis under control so that you don’t need even over-the-counter medications.
5. Massage therapy – Massage therapy also has many benefits when it comes to lessening pain and encouraging blood flow to the affected tendon. Deep massage techniques can also promote mobility and speed up healing.
6. Electro-“Stim” Therapy – This is a long-used treatment when it comes to reducing inflammation, decreasing pain, promoting tissue repair, blood circulation and eventually range of motion in the joint.
7. Braces and splints – Protecting the affected tendon will also provide relief and allow it to heal. A wrist or knee brace provides protection when performing activities or sports that demand effort.
8. Ultrasound – Ultrasound technology is often used by physio therapists in order to increase joint circulation, via sounds waves that produce heat towards the affected joint.
9. Ice and Heat – Alternating ice and heat packs to an injured joint will lessen inflammation and increase circulation.
Living with tendonitis can limit activities that you love and decrease quality of life. Please contact us today to setup a free consultation and get a treatment plan started!