Tendonitis is what happens to the body when repetitive motions wear down the tissue of a particular part of the body. Muscles, tendons, and ligaments may all become affected.
Common types of tendonitis, also called repetitive strain injury, include carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis or golfer’s elbow, and trigger finger. However, any area of the body can be affected by repetitive strain.
Injury occurs when particular parts of the body experience heavy use without proper conditioning. This can happen when there is no warm up or cool down, when consecutive actions occur too quickly, or when the tissue gets insufficient rest between movements. Using
equipment that isn’t the right fit or weight for your body can also lead to repetitive strain injury.
The affected muscles stretch, swell, break down, and tear. This leads to stiffness, numbness, and pain.
Symptoms of Tendonitis
Common symptoms of tendonitis include:
• Burning or aching pain
• Numbness or tremors in the affected area
• Weakness in the affected area
• Poor circulation
Symptoms may be specific to the type of strain you experience. Those suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome may find they cannot grip a doorknob. Those with trigger finger may have stiff joints and be unable to bend the finger.
Initially, tendonitis sufferers may notice pain and discomfort only while performing the repetitive action. With time, the pain becomes more widespread, seeping into other areas of life and making simple tasks difficult.
Can Chiropractic Care Help My Tendonitis?
Chiropractors train in effective pain management and healing techniques for tendonitis and repetitive strain injury. Once your chiropractor has examined your symptoms, you can work together to create a tendonitis treatment plan that will work for you.
Treating the swelling associated with tendonitis is a necessary first step. Trying to correct the problem with swelling present can cause more damage.
Reducing swelling can be done through the use of cold compress, ultrasound technology, and electrotherapy. Both ultrasound technology and electrotherapy work by sending gentle, painless rays deep into the tissue to stimulate the cells, promote blood flow, and reduce swelling.
Once swelling has gone down, your chiropractor can employ other techniques to relieve numbness and pain. Deep tissue massage may help rejuvenate muscles that have become scarred due to repetitive damage. The massage works by increasing blood flow and lymph fluid production, which promotes healing. This can lessen tingling and numbness as well as provide relaxation and pain relief.
Gentle joint manipulation is often used to relieve pressure on surrounding tissue, particularly pinched nerves. For example, carpal tunnel sufferers often experience pain in the arm and wrist due to misaligned joints putting pressure on nerves in the neck and upper back. Once the chiropractor realigns the offending joints, this pressure escapes and the pain diminishes.
Joint adjustments can also aid in reducing stiffness and restoring range of motion in the affected area.
Tendonitis Relief Outcomes
Using these tendonitis remedies can help patients find the relief they’re looking for to return to normal life. While pain and swelling typically subside within a few weeks of treatment, it often takes closer to six weeks for the injury to repair fully. It is vital to finish treatment to ensure you don’t have a relapse in symptoms.
Chiropractic treatment for tendonitis is a proven therapy for reducing pain and allowing your injury to heal fully. The chiropractors at Michigan Chiropractic Specialists are trained in and dedicated to helping their patients find relief.