Are you wondering “What is Tendonitis?” And “Do I Have it?”
Tendonitis (also called tendinitis) is an inflammation or irritation of a tendon, a thick cord that attaches bone to muscle. For example Patellar tendonitis (jumper’s knee) is an inflammation of the patellar tendon, which connects the tibia to the patella.
Overuse injuries to tendons essentially demand too much from a tendon without allowing the tendon time to repair itself. Certain areas of tendons have a poor blood supply, and, not surprisingly, these areas of the tendon are most prone to injury. That’s why the Achilles tendon and the rotator cuff tendons are prone to injury. When tendons are used excessively, the body needs to be able to repair these tendons. If the inflammation is significant, the tendon may remain inflamed, and the acute injury can turn into a chronic tendonitis.
Due to their highly specialised ultrastructure and slow collagen turnover, tendons and ligaments are very slow to heal if injured, and rarely regain their original strength. Partial tears heal by the rapid production of disorganised type-III collagen, which is inferior in strength to normal tendon. Recurrence of injury in the damaged region of tendon is common.
The most common areas tendonitis affects:
The most common tendon areas that become inflamed are the elbow, wrist, biceps, shoulder (including rotator cuff attachments), leg, knee (patellar), ankle, hip, and Achilles. Of course, tendonitis will vary with each person, as it strikes the areas you use most.
Overuse injuries to tendons essentially demand too much from a tendon without allowing the tendon time to repair itself. Certain areas of tendons have a poor blood supply, and, not surprisingly, these areas of the tendon are most prone to injury.
When tendons are used excessively, the body needs to be able to repair these tendons. When the tendons are used excessively, the amount of damage made overtake the body’s ability to repair itself.
There are many everyday activities that can cause tendonitis, including:
oThrowing and pitching
Tendons can also become inflamed after a traumatic injury. In this situation, a single event may cause an inflammatory reaction within a tendon. If the inflammation is significant, the tendon may remain inflamed, and the acute injury can turn into a chronic tendonitis.
As with overuse tendonitis, if a traumatic injury is not allowed time to repair the damage and inflammation, a chronic condition can result. That is why rest is an important part of the treatment of tendonitis.
Once the problem has been properly diagnosed as tendonitis, treatment of the condition can begin. It is important to have this evaluated by your doctor to ensure you have the correct diagnosis before initiating a treatment plan.
Who Gets Tendonitis?
Anyone can get tendonitis, but it is more common in adults, especially those over 40 years of age. As tendons age they tolerate less stress, are less elastic, and are easier to tear.
The tendonitis symptoms you experience may vary slightly depending on where in the body the inflammation has occurred.
-Tendonitis commonly causes pain or a dull aching sensation around the affected tendon, especially when that part of the body is in use.
-The area may also feel tender to the touch and may be swollen, depending on how serious the injury is.
-Symptoms can vary from an achy pain and stiffness to the local area of the tendon, to a burning that surrounds the whole joint around the inflamed tendon. With this condition, the pain is usually worse during and after activity, and the tendon and joint area can become stiffer the following day.
Self Help Tips
It is always important to thoroughly stretch all of the muscles in the body to warm up before you engage in any type of physical activity.
Don’t forget to stretch after you’re done exercising.
Avoid participating in only one type of activity– for example, if you lift weights one day, try going for a swim the next to take the pressure off of your joints.
It is vital you talk to a doctor if you believe there is just a chance you have tendonitis, the sooner you diagnose the problem, the quicker you can heal it.
Treatment of tendon injuries is largely palliative. Acupuncture is an alternative treatment that can be used to reduce pain and heal injured tendon more quickly.
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