Tendinitis is very common as it occurs when you have a tendon that is inflamed or irritated. Tendons are the thick fibrous cords that connect your muscles to your bones. Tendinitis causes pain and tenderness in a joint and it's most common in your wrists, elbows, shoulders, hips, knees, ankles and heels. If left untreated, tendinitis can develop into a tendon rupture, which is much more serious, very painful and it usually requires surgery to repair and re-anchor the tendon to the bones. We offer tendinitis pain relief at Campion Chiropractic Clinic in College Station through a personalized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. We have Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner’s on staff to evaluate your specific needs.
Tendinitis presents itself with symptoms of feeling a dull ache in a joint along with mild swelling and tenderness to the touch. It can at times be caused by a sudden injury, but more often, it is from repeating the same movement over time. It can be caused in the workplace, by motions used in a hobby or from playing sports of all types. You may have tendinitis and experience shoulder or elbow pain or hip and knee pain when using the joints.
As we age, our tendons become less flexible and this makes it easier to injure them. Occupational risk factors include repetitive motions, frequently reaching overhead, forceful exertion, awkward positions, and vibrations. Any sport you may play that involves repetitive motions also puts you at greater risk for tendinitis and also elbow pain or knee pain from stretched tendons.
A chiropractor will evaluate your source of joint pain and may order x-rays to make a diagnosis. You may need a prescription anti-inflammatory to reduce the swelling as well as wearing a brace, resting the joint, icing the joint, ultrasound, electric muscle stimulation or other therapies to loosen the tendon and lessen the inflammation. After the swelling is relieved, you may require massage therapy, physical therapy, strengthening exercises, and joint manipulation. Graston therapy is also an option for increasing your range of motion and reducing scar tissue formation.
If you seek treatment from a chiropractor during the early stages of tendinitis, you will find relief in just about a few weeks; although for more severe cases, it can take about six weeks or more to fully heal. Minimizing scar tissue is an important part of healing. You may need to do exercises specifically designed to strengthen the muscles without any stretching of the tendon to break down the scar tissue for it to be fully healed.
At Campion Chiropractic Clinic in College Station, we understand that tendinitis can be frustrating and we’re here to help. Call our clinic today at (979) 464-4400 to make your appointment. We can provide a diagnosis and then form a plan of treatment for your specific needs so that you can regain your full range of motion quickly.