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Tendonitis (also known as tendinitis) is a common condition where tendons become inflamed, tear, or are just irritated. The condition can happen through a multitude of ways. Most commonly, tendonitis occurs through some sort of excessive use of your tendons. Many athletes and physically active people can become afflicted with this condition, often through one of the following:

  • Over-exertion – performing the same physical activity too much, such as excessive jogging or swinging a bat repeatedly
  • Over-loading – performing a physical activity far beyond your capabilities. Examples might include increasing weights while lifting by hundreds of pounds or running a marathon with little to no training.

If you are a very physical person, tendonitis can become a big problem. Tendons are crucial to the operation of movement for your body. They connect the skeletal structure to the musculature. This allows your body to move together freely. Without tendons, bones and muscles would simply be separate entities. Tendons allow the body to fluidly navigate through life.

Tendonitis can show up in a variety of ways. Symptoms of this condition can include:

  • Stiff movement
  • Joint tenderness
  • Joint weakness


Types of Tendonitis

Tendonitis is also not relegated to one particular muscle. There are multiple forms of tendonitis which can show up in any joint that performs physical activity.

  • Tennis elbow – a form of tendonitis which indicates an irritation in the tendon connecting the elbow to the forearm muscle
  • Golfer’s elbow – inflammation of the tendons on the inside of the elbow
  • Patellar tendinitis – tendonitis that is inflaming the tendon connecting the kneecap with the shinbone
  • Tendinitis of wrist – inflammation of the tendons within the wrist
  • Achilles tendinitis – inflammation of the Achilles tendon, or the Achilles heel
  • Swimmer’s shoulder – when the tendon of the shoulder blade is subject to excessive contact with the bone
  • De Quervain’s tenosynovitis – inflammation of the tendons on the inside of the thumb

Recovery Time for Tendonitis

This condition is a difficult one, but it’s not permanent. Tendonitis cases are varying in lengths of recovery. Depending on the harshness of the inflammation, your recovery could take several months to several weeks. The important item here is to make sure that you don’t rehabilitate incorrectly. With incorrect methods, your tendonitis could keep you away from doing what you love even longer. That’s why it’s necessary to make sure that your progress proceeds at the correct pace.

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Short Term Cures for Tendonitis

Short term alleviations are available to help ease the symptoms of tendonitis. Anyone afflicted with this condition can simply ice the area as soon as they get the injury. One can also take anti-inflammatory medication or utilize anti-inflammatory gels. Depending on the severity of it, this may fix the problem immediately.

Prolonged tendonitis can require a heavier cost. For instance, steroid shots may be necessary, as they can decrease pain almost immediately. If this doesn’t work, then dire measures may be needed. Surgery can be performed in extreme cases of tendonitis and is avoided until all other options are eliminated.

Before you resort to the drastic measures like the ones above, seriously consider all alternatives. The easiest and more surefire way to help clear up your tendonitis, while also helping to prevent further instances of it, would be to engage in physical therapy.

Benefits of Physical Therapy for Tendonitis

Physical therapy with the experts at BioMotion is sure to expedite your recovery almost immediately. We deal with tendonitis cases on an almost daily basis. Because of this, we’ve built up an arsenal of tools that are able to treat your condition. We won’t simply tell you what to do. We’ll work with you and help you accomplish the goals necessary to have better joints than you had before. Physical therapy can clear up your tendonitis while also providing the necessary education to help eliminate the chances of repeated instances of tendonitis.

Our physical therapists will help you in multiple ways. First, we’ll engage you in specified movement therapy. By addressing the afflicted joints and tendons, we’ll be able to push through and start repairing the damage. While the process will be painful, you will be there with physical therapists who will know your limits. We won’t let you fall down without fighting for your progress first.

We will also monitor your progress closely. By making sure you stay away from any unnecessary movement, you will progress all the more quickly. This is also a difficult process, but it is necessary to perform rehabilitation under professional guidance. Taking recovery into your own hands could only prolong the healing process. Through oversight, your health and movement will return better and faster.

BioMotion Physical Therapy wants you to recover well. That’s why we want to help you. We want to give you the guidance necessary to be better. We want to enable you by providing the tools necessary to overcome tendonitis. More than anything, we want to return you to the active lifestyle that you lead. Your life is important. Let BioMotion help put your life back in motion.

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