TENDONITIS

Although most consider tennis elbow to be a sports related injury, less than five percent of all tennis elbow diagnoses are actually caused by playing tennis, according to WebMD. Tennis elbow affects up to three percent of the population and is most common for people between the ages of 30 to 50 years old.

How Do I Know It’s Tendonitis?

Tendonitis refers to inflammation, swelling and pain of a tendon caused by overuse or injury. Repetitive activities, poor posture, aging, or forgetting to stretch before and after activity can all cause tendonitis. Systemic diseases such as diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis can also increase the risk of developing tendonitis. The common symptoms of tendonitis include:

  • Pain after activity
  • Sensitivity and pain along a tendon
  • Increased pain at night

What Does Tendonitis Affect?

Tendonitis can affect almost any area of the body but the most commonly affected areas include the hip, knee, ankle, shoulder, elbow, and wrist.

The most common forms of tendonitis include:

Tennis or Golfer’s Elbow

This type of tendonitis occurs in the elbow and is not limited to athletes. Anyone whose job or daily schedule requires repetitive wrist turning or hand gripping can cause injury to the outer elbow’s tendon. Discomfort usually originates near the elbow tendon but can extend to the forearm and upper arm.

Achilles Tendonitis

Achilles tendonitis occurs after swelling, stretching or tearing your Achilles tendon; the tendon that connects your heel to your calf muscle. Achilles tendonitis usually results from the gradual overuse of the tendon, weak or tight calf muscles, aging or arthritis.

Shoulder Tendonitis

Two of the most common forms of shoulder tendonitis are rotator cuff and bicep tendonitis. Bicep tendonitis can cause pain in the front or side of the shoulder, elbow or forearm. The rotator cuff connects the arm to the shoulder blade. Activities that involve repetitive pushing, pulling, reaching, shoulder movement and lifting your arms can increase your risk of developing rotator cuff tendonitis.

What Causes Tendonitis?

Activities that involve strenuous or repetitive motions can increase your risk of developing tendonitis. A few of the most common activities include:

  • Tennis
  • Golf
  • Running
  • Throwing and pitching
  • Scrubbing
  • Raking and yard work
  • Painting
  • Carpentry

Scott Medical Health Center’s Treatments

Massage Therapy

Tendons have to be both flexible and strong. The collagen and elastin fibers that naturally occur within tendons provide both strength and flexibility. But when the collagen or elastin levels are unbalanced, tendonitis can occur. Chiropractic treatments work to increase collagen production and improve strength and flexibility of the tendon, while applying moderate pressure to the irritated areas.

PRP Therapy

PRP therapy safely and effectively accelerates the body’s healing process, and reduces pain without damaging side effects. When platelet rich plasma is administered to a person, natural chemical growth factors speed up the body’s normal healing ability. This is accomplished due to the abnormal high concentration of these growth factors being re-introduced to the injured sight.  The damaged tissue is replaced by new cells, resulting in improved mobility, function, and reduced pain.