The nice weather is here! It’s time to go outside and enjoy activities such as tennis, golf and gardening. However, many people find themselves limiting their activities due to a dull ache or pain in their hand, wrist or forearm. Others experience symptoms in their foot, knee, ankle or heel when playing sports – such as basketball or baseball. Whether you are a painter, hairstylist or work out at the gym, if you experience a loss of motion in your shoulder, or any of the symptoms above, then an evaluation is important to determine if you are experiencing tendonitis symptoms.
Tendonitis refers to inflammation or irritation of a tendon – a thick fibrous cord that attaches muscle to bone. It can occur in any of the body’s tendons – mostly around the heel, Achilles tendon, knee, hip, shoulders, elbow and base of the thumb. It may be referred to as Tennis Elbow, Golfer’s Elbow and Swimmer’s Shoulder. So, when patients come to The AIMS Clinic to get a better idea of what is tendonitis, our Team of Experts will discuss the symptoms and factors/causes of the condition.
If you are one of the four million people in the US who seek care, your tendonitis symptoms may include:
• A dull ache, pain, stiffness, tenderness, burning or swelling in the affected area.
• Restricted movement – without pain.
• You may experience pain during and after movement of the affected area.
• In general, pain is worse in the morning and evening.
Now that we have explained what is tendonitis? The next question is…
There are many causes of tendonitis. Below are some of the factors associated with what causes tendonitis:
• A sudden injury
• Overuse or repetition of a specific motion over time (carpentry, shoveling, raking)
• Incorrect posture or technique
• Health conditions (arthritis, gout, thyroid disorder)
We understand your pain and the need to regain your health. We will conduct an assessment and create a tendonitis treatment plan to eliminate pain, reduce inflammation, diminish muscle tightness and promote healing on injured tissues, in order to restore flexibility, strength and range-of-motion. This is accomplished by integrating passive and active physical therapy (restores muscular balance), chiropractic care (restores structural balance), podiatry (addresses faulty foot structure, abnormal gait) and acupuncture (increases the flow of blood and oxygen supply to an affected area).
Some people suffering with tendonitis may try some home remedies first:
• PRICE: Protect, Rest Ice Compress and Elevate
• Increase water to stay hydrated, increase supplementation and avoid foods that can lead to inflammation
• Over the counter orthotics
• Reduce activity level
However, if you are still experiencing tendonitis symptoms, treatment may be necessitated. Perhaps our Podiatrist will recommend a custom molded orthotic, or you may benefit with Chiropractic, Physical Therapy or Acupuncture treatments. Our Team utilizes cryotherapy, heat lamps, moist heat, ultrasound, electric stimulation, taping, trigger point therapy, massage and footwear evaluation.
Once we reach our tendonitis treatment goals, we provide recommendations to avoid a recurrence:
• Stay hydrated – helps to flush away acidic waste products from muscles, which can cause irritation and pain.
• Know your limits and listen to your body! Seek medical attention if pain persists.
• Stretch, exercise and cool down regularly – with your doctor’s consent.
• Try to not stay in one position too long.
Discover The AIMS Team and our compassionate tendonitis treatment options to help eliminate your tendonitis symptoms! Call New Jersey’s own Alternative Integrated Medical Services today at 732-254-5553 and receive a FREE Initial Consultation.