tendonitis painDo you experience a dull ache or pain in your hand, wrist or forearm when lifting weights or playing tennis? Are you suffering with foot, knee, ankle or heel pain when playing sports – such as basketball, baseball or running? Is your job – painter, carpenter, teacher or hairstylist, resulting in loss of motion in your shoulder? Perhaps you are experiencing tendonitis symptoms and looking for drug-free treatment options.

So, what is tendonitis? Tendonitis is inflammation or irritation of a tendon (thick fibrous cord that attaches muscle to bone). Tendonitis can occur in any of the body’s tendons – however, it is most common around the heel, Achilles tendon, knee, hip, shoulders, elbow, wrist and base of the thumb. Common names for various tendonitis include: Tennis Elbow, Golfer’s Elbow and Swimmer’s Shoulder.

According to reports, more than 4 million people in the US see a physician for tendonitis symptoms. Symptoms may range from mild to severe pain, and appear suddenly or over time. Early warning signs and symptoms of tendonitis may include:

  • Pain or dull ache, stiffness, tenderness, burning and/or swelling in the affected area
  • Restricted movement – without pain
  • Pain is generally worse in the morning and in the evening
  • Pain is experienced during and after movements of the area affected.

What causes tendonitis? While tendonitis may be caused by a sudden injury, often the condition stems from overuse or repetition of a specific movement over time. Perhaps an occupation or hobby – such as gardening, skiing, swimming, cleaning or working out at the gym – involve repetitive movement, which can place stress on the tendons involved in performing the task. Proper technique is vital while performing tasks to prevent overloading the tendon.  Age may also be a risk factor for developing tendonitis symptoms.

Once a comprehensive assessment is conducted and contributing factors are identified, rehabilitation can begin. The immediate goals are to eliminate pain, reducetendonitis sympoms inflammation, diminish muscle tightness and promote healing of injured tissues – then, to restore flexibility, strength and range of motion.

Today more than ever, people suffering with tendonitis are working with Pain Management Physicians, Physical Therapists, Chiropractors, Certified Massage Therapists, Acupuncturists and Registered Dietitians. By detecting poor posture, inefficient movement patterns, lack of core strength, as well as muscular, structural or chemical imbalances – many injuries, which may result in tendonitis, can be prevented.

Tendonitis treatment options and guidelines may include:

  • Pain Management: Based on the severity of the injury, short-term medication management, as well as injections of ligaments, muscles, bursae, joints and specialized injections, such as epidural or facet joint block injections may be necessitated.
  • Passive and Active Physical Therapy – To restore muscular balance.
  • Chiropractic Care – To restore structural balance.
  • Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine
  • Therapeutic Massage
  • Orthotics, Foot Levelers, Supports
  • PRICE (Updated from the RICE Principle – Rest, Ice, Compress, Elevate): The “P” stands for protection. If you should sustain an injury, stop playing and protect the injured part from further damage. Avoid placing weight on the injured part and seek help.
  • Diet and Nutrition: Poor dietary choices can lead to chronic inflammation – increasing pain sensitivity. Daily supplementation of Vitamin D can help alleviate a deficiency and pain, according to recent studies.
  • Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water before, during, and after a practice, competition or exercise session to prevent dehydration. Water helps flush away acidic waste products from the muscles, which can cause muscle irritation and pain.
  • Know your Limits: If you experience pain, stop and rest. Seek medical attention if the pain persists.

At AIMS, we believe that education is vital. We take the time to explain, what is tendonitis, along with the causes that led to the condition – in order to prevent a reoccurrence. A customized tendonitis treatment program can help restore your health.

Call New Jersey’s own Alternative Integrated Medical Services today at 732-254-5553 and receive a FREE Initial Consultation. Our goal is to provide the most advanced and compassionate pain relief. Our Team of Experts and friendly staff at your local East Brunswick, NJ AIMS Clinic, will help you reduce or eliminate pain and improve function. As our patient, we will teach you how to regain your health with our revolutionary new treatment program.