What is tendonitis?
Tendonitis is a painful condition involving inflammation of tendons. Tendonitis is almost always caused by repetitve movements of a tendon, such as when keyboarding, guitar playing, golfing, baseball pitching, running and tennis. Tendonitis can develop in the wrists, elbows, shoulders, hips, knees, ankles, and feet. Common types of tendonitis include:
- patella tendonits
- achilles tendonitis
- shoulder tendonitis
- hip tendonitis
- peroneal tendonitis
- biceps tendonitis
- bicipital tendonitis
- plantar fasciitis
- elbow tendonitis
- deQuervain’s tendonitis
- calcific tendonitis
- golfer’s elbow
- tennis elbow
Sometimes the tendons become inflamed for a variety of reasons, and the action of pulling the muscle becomes irritation. If the normal smooth gliding motion of your tendon is impaired, the tendon will become inflamed and movement will become painful. If your tendonitis persists, over the counter anti-inflammatories are an optional choice. However, if no relief occurs, discontinue and seek a physician.
In some cases, a cortisone injection into the tendon can help reduce the inflammation.
Lasty, manual therapies like chiropractic along with physiotherapy modalities can be a good non-pharmaceutical option for treating acute and chronic cases of tendonitis. Modalities are adjunctive therapies such as ice, heat, traction, neurostim, laser, and light therapy.
If your tendonitis is caused by too much typing, make sure that your workstation is set up ergonomically: monitor at eye level; keyboard tray to allow arms to fall naturally to your side while typing; and a chair with good back support, and foot stool to take some pressure off your thighs. Keep your elbows at a 90-100 degree bend and keep your wrists straight, inline with your forearms. Keep your mouse and other accessories within a small arc from your keyboard to minimize repetitive reaching. Lastly, stretch your wrists, shoulders, neck and back every hour. If at all possible, try to rotate tasks every other month to avoid repetitive stress to your wrists.
We have several therapeutic approaches to treating acute and chronic wrist pain, including Inter-X active stim, Solaris light-wave therapy, endermotherapy, active release technique, joint mobilization, chiropractic extremity manipulation, and traction.
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