Tendonitis and Tendinosis

Do you often find yourself moving the same limbs over and over for your occupation or sporting activities? Do you then find your affected area becoming stiff or painful? If you have answered yes to both of these, keep reading!

You will be wondering by now what this means for you, but before I tell you, I want to assure you this is something that is manageable and treatable. Today, we are going to focus on tendonitis and tendinosis. But before we get into it, lets go back to basics and understand what a tendon is.

What is a tendon?
A tendon is what connects our muscles to our bones. These are tough fibres, like the one pictured.

Now we know the basics, we are going to learn about tendonitis and tendinosis! Good news once again though, if we look after and listen to our bodies we can treat and prevent this from occurring again! After all, no one likes to be in pain.

What is the difference between tendonitis and tendinosis?
The main difference between tendonitis and tendinosis is the presence or absence of inflammation. The explanations below will help you understand this better.
Tendonitis: is inflammation in the tendon. This should be short term and generally goes away within a couple of days.
Tendinosis: is a non-inflammatory degenerative condition that causes degeneration in the tendon due to overuse and not treating tendonitis correctly or in a timely manner.

Tendonitis has been a common term that has been used for many years, however it is actually a very rare cause of tendon pain. Doctors are generally still using this term out of habit. Tendinosis on the other hand is more common and will usually not respond to anti-inflammatory treatment as well. This is where early detection and prevention are crucial.

What are the symptoms of tendonitis/tendinosis?
The symptoms of tendonitis/tendinosis may very from person to person, however the most common symptoms are listed below:

Image result for achilles tendonitis– The pain may become worse when you use the tendon (For example: when you hit a tennis ball you may feel pain in your elbow)

– The pain becomes worse and the joint may become stiff especially at night

– The area may be tender to touch
– The area may be red, warm or swollen
– There may be a loss of strength to that area

 

Where are the most common tendon injuries?
Tendon injuries can occur in any tendon of the body, however the most common tendon injuries occur near the following joints:
– Elbows
– Knees
– Ankles

– Shoulders

How do we get a tendon injury?
Most tendon injuries are a result of gradual wear and tear on our bodies or the overuse of the tendon. This includes people in occupations were the same motion of a joint is required over and over or someone who plays sport such as tennis or golf that uses the same arm to hit.

Tendon injuries are generally due to the following:
– Not warming up correctly
– Poor sporting techniques (for example: Using a tennis racquet that is too heavy)
– Not resting enough between activities
– Not stretching before and after activities

How do you treat a tendon injury?
REST: The most important treatment for tendonitis/tendinosis is to REST the area and stop doing the things that makes it painful.

Image result for ice packICE: Applying ICE to the area will help to reduce the inflammation in the case of tendonitis. This will be when you feel the initial pain in the tendon.
STRETCHING: STRETCHING the muscles connected to the tendons helps to return flexibility to the tendons. The team at DSTT can help with all your stretching needs!
EARLY TREATMENT: TREATING tendonitis early is the most important thing you can do to prevent developing tendinosis.
MASSAGE THERAPY: MASSAGE THERAPY is very beneficial for tendon injuries as it can help to relax the muscles connected to the tendons by decreasing inflammation and promoting blood circulation and healing

What we can do to help!
WOW! That’s a lot of information, but the good thing is the team at Distinct Soft Tissue Therapy can help!
Massage therapy is very beneficial to assist in the treatment of tendonitis or tendinosis. Following the initial treatments the team at Distinct Soft Tissue Therapy are dedicated to maintaining the current level of functioning, preventing tendonitis from occurring again and educating you on some self care techniques!
Prevention is key! After all, I say this once again, no one likes to be in pain!

If you think you have tendonitis or tendinosis give the team at Distinct Soft Tissue Therapy a call on 0438 282 407 to book an appointment or book online at http://distinctstt.com.au

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