Tendonitis can be a very painful condition. It is an inflammation of the tendinous portion of a muscle usually from overuse, tight muscles, repetitive strain and muscle imbalances. This is something you want to avoid and get treated right away. Here at Brentwood Physiotherapy, we have experienced physiotherapists who can do just what you need to get better. So let’s talk more about Tendonitis and Tendonitis Treatments that will get you back to living your life the way you want to.
What is Tendonitis?
It is an inflammation of the tendon/ break down in the tissue of the tendon ( part of the muscle that attaches to bone). Read more to find out about tendonitis treatments.
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Tendonitis is common in sports injury, it can also result from work or recreational activities. It is commonly referred to as an overuse or repetitive strain injury and can happen to any tendon (tissue that attaches your muscles to your bones). Common types of tendonitis occur at the:
- Elbow (tennis/golfers’ elbow)
- Knee (patellar tendonitis)
- Shoulder (rotator cuff tendonitis)
- Achilles tendon (Achilles tendonitis)
Tendonitis causes pain and loss of function of the affected area. Typically, it starts with a pain that only occurs when using the area and quickly goes away with rest. If left untreated the condition can get worse until pain persists even with rest.
Causes of tendonitis
Tendonitis was thought to be caused by inflammation but the latest research shows it more likely results from a break down in the tendon tissue. That’s why treatment only focusing on reducing inflammation (e.g., rest, ice, medications) only provides temporary relief. Repetitive activity (e.g., jumping, forceful gripping) is thought to overload the tendon and break down the tissues. This result is pain and difficulty using the affected area. Many factors contribute to developing tendonitis including:
- Muscle weakness or imbalance
- Stiff joints
- Poor coordination of movement
- Working in awkward postures
- Poor work, leisure or sports techniques
How physiotherapists help
Physiotherapists provide effective treatment for various types of tendonitis. Your physiotherapist will identify what is causing the problem and provide suggestions to avoid re-injury.
Although its sounds like the wrong thing to do, research shows specific exercises for the tendon helps stimulate the tendon’s internal repair system and restore strength and flexibility. Not any exercise will work. Programs must be specifically tailored to your problem. Treatment is not a quick fix because it takes time to build strength and flexibility and restore function.
Your physiotherapist will:
- Examine and assess the tendon causing the problem
- Assess if posture, muscle tightness, joint stiffness or activities contribute to the problem
- Develop a customized treatment plan that considers how easily your pain is aggravated
- Provide a specific stretching and strengthening program to gradually and safely restore the tendon’s strength and flexibility
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Tendonitis Treatments for all ages
Here at Brentwood Physio we spend the time necessary to diagnose the cause of your pain with a thorough assessment of the affected and associated muscles, joints, ligaments, posture and aggravating circumstances. We then explain your treatment plan and outline a timeframe for treatments and return to regular activities and sports. We provide evidence based treatment techniques and electrical modalities like Laser and ultrasound. Your physiotherapist will provide you with an exercise program tailored to your needs and occupation with the goal to return you a pain free and active life.