Our San Diego chiropractors put this page together to inform you on different types of tendinitis, symptoms associated with the injury and how to treat your diagnosis.
In order to live a happy, healthy life, it’s important to take care of your body. After all, you only get one – don’t you want to be able to use your body to its fullest abilities, and get the most movement and mobility from it that you possibly can?
What causes tendInitis?
Unfortunately, when we overuse or overwork our bodies – which is common – we can develop a condition known as “tendonitis” also known as "tendinitis." Specifically, this condition occurs when our tendons (bands of tissue that connect our muscles to our bones), either become inflamed, irritated or tear.
Tendons are found throughout our bodies, and range from small and delicate to large. When we repeat a motion, or do a motion too quickly (e.g. weight lifting, rowing, tennis, etc.), tendinitis can form.
Types of tendinitis
Tendinitis can commonly form in a myriad of areas, including:
- Plantar Fascia
- Achilles Tendon
These different areas can dictate the type of pain or symptoms felt by someone suffering from tendinitis. Depending on your injury, as well as your lack of movement or mobility, you may find it beneficial to seek chiropractic assistance.
Though tendinitis can cause pain, often in tissues surrounding the injured joint, the particular type of pain will vary. While weakness, redness and swollen areas are common, ailments in relation to specific tendons include:
- Shoulder: Also known as “rotator cuff tendonitis,” shoulder pain is generally dull, can affect the upper arm and/or chest, and even cause an inability to sleep.
- Elbow: Commonly known as “tennis elbow” or “golfer’s elbow,” pain can affect both the outer and inner side of the elbow. In more severe cases, the forearm or wrist can be affected.
- Knee: Tendinitis in the knee, or “jumper’s knee,” can create pain above and below the kneecap.
- Wrist: Sometimes referred to as “De Quervain’s disease,” pain is found at the back of the wrist, and near the base of the thumb.
- Achilles Tendon: Tendinitis in the Achilles tendon affects the back of the heel and/or two to four inches above the heel.
When visiting a chiropractor for your pain and symptoms, make sure you are prepared to describe the condition, and where the pain is located. For example:
- Is the pain sharp or dull?
- Do you ever feel numbness or a burning sensation?
- Are there specific exercises or activities that cause the pain to increase?
- Do you feel pain in more than one area of your body?
Knowing what to expect prior to your visit, and better understanding your condition, can assist your chiropractor in suggesting options for recovery and relief much faster.
To determine whether or not you are suffering from tendinitis, your doctor will not only ask you questions, but may also conduct a physical exam to assess tenderness, swelling and weakness. This exam, as well as your medical history can generally attest if tendinitis is present.
As with any condition or ailment, the faster it’s treated, the better. Once tendinitis is treated, you will likely regain your flexibility and strength. Again, depending on the type of tendinitis, and the body part affected, your doctor may recommend an assortment of treatments, including:
- Anti-inflammatory Medication
- Voodoo Wrap
- Physical Therapy
You can attempt to avoid tendinitis by always being mindful of your form and technique when working out, warming up before intense activities, paying attention to your body’s aches and pains and wearing proper footwear.
Learn to Heal
At Your Healthy Spine, we don’t believe anyone should have to live in pain or discomfort. You have a right to not only enjoy your body, but also get the most out of it. To help you accomplish this goal, we offer a range of services. From chiropractic to massage, to acupuncture and naturopathy, we can assist you with all of your movement and mobility needs.