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How You Can Beat Tendonitis!

Robbie Adams March 22rd 2018

Tendinitis

Don’t Be Sidelined By Tendonitis!

Tendonitis shouldn’t have to sideline you from doing all the activities that you love to do!

People ask …what is tendonitis? What kind of symptoms will I experience?  How can I reduce the inflammation and pain? In this article we cover all of the above, so get ready for some knowledge the “BioFlex way!”

Elbow Pain

What Is Tendonitis?

Tendonitis is acute inflammation of a tendon which can cause swelling and pain in the affected area. It can affect tendons around the shoulder, elbow, wrist, finger, thigh, knee or back of the heel. Tendinosis is a chronic condition that often develops from acute tendonitis.

Foot Pain Tendonitis

Tendonitis is caused by an injury such as running or jumping and is very common in sporting activities. If the tendonitis heals poorly or incompletely, it can remain swollen, weakened and painful. This is referred to as a tendinosis condition.

Tendonitis and tendinosis  is quite common and can affect anyone, but particularly adults who are especially active on the weekends.  Also, tendons lose their elasticity and become weaker over time, making tendonitis and tendinosis more likely as we age.

Runners Pain

What Are Tendons?

Tendons are the tough, rubbery cords that join muscles to bones. They help move the bones and joints when muscles contract and tension when muscles contract.

Knee Tendons

  • What Is Tenosynovitis? Tendons are enclosed by a sheath with fluid that helps the tendon move. When the sheath becomes inflamed, the condition is called tenosynovitis. Tendonitis and tenosynovitis can occur at the same time.

Tenosynovitis

What Are Tendinopathies?

The term ‘tendinopathies’ is used to describe tendon conditions like tendonitis, tendinosis and tenosynovitis.

Tendinopathies

Symptoms of Tendinopathies

  • Pain that becomes worse if you move the affected area
  • Sensations that the tendon is grating or crackling as it moves
  • Swelling and sometimes with heat or redness
  • Weakness in the affected area (because of the pain)
  • Lump or hardness that develops along the tendon

elbow pain

These are just some of the symptoms you might experience when you have a tendinopathy.

Treating Tendinopathies

Resting The Tendon

Reducing the frequency of the activity that caused this condition may help prevent any further inflammation or damage.

It is critical to rest the affected tendon from further aggravation. Some form of support, such as a bandage, splint or brace, may be helpful as this will reduce movement. Severe cases of tendonitis may need to be immobilized using a cast.

Rest/ Relax

Heat & Ice

You can ease the pain and swelling by applying an ice pack if the tendon is warm, red or recently injured. A warm towel or moist heat pack can be used for more chronic tendinosis. Do not use ice directly on your skin as this may cause a cold burn. Wrap it in a towel or put a towel over the injured area, before applying ice for 10-15 minutes.

Ice and Heat Treatment

Painkillers

Clinical Research has shown that tendinopathies may be treated with mild non-steroidal anti-inflammatory painkillers (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen. Research has also shown that these medications   should not be used for long periods of time and are not recommended for people with asthma, kidney or liver disease. When taking any form of medication regardless if it’s over the counter or prescribed, there are always possible side effects.

Painkillers

Steroid Injections

If there is swelling and evidence of inflammation, a steroid injection around the affected tendon or into the tendon sheath has been commonly used. However, there are potential risks including weakening of the tendon which can lead to tendon tears and ruptures in the future.

Steroid injection

Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy, which involves manipulation, modalities like ultrasound and massage of the affected area can be beneficial.

Physiotherapy

Low Level Laser Therapy / Cold Laser Therapy

Unlike some of the mentioned above treatments for tendinopathies,  BioFlex Laser Therapy, a form of Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT), also known as ‘Cold Laser Therapy’ or ‘Photobiomodulation’ is approved by Health Canada, UL, CE and the FDA to treat many conditions, from sports and soft tissue injuries, to contusions and wound-healing to tendinopathies. (*Please contact us for a list of approved indications for use, as applicable in your region.)

BioFlex Laser Therapy accelerates healing at the cellular level and repairs tissues more completely with less risk of re-injuries. It reduces inflammation and relieves pain and is safe, drug-free, non-invasive and has no side effects. Evidence based guidelines from the American Physical Therapy Association lists cold laser therapy as the second most effective therapy for Achilles tendonitis – second only to specific exercises.

You should always consult your professional health practitioner before starting any form of treatment and you should consider adding  BioFlex Low Level Laser Therapy as part of your rehabilitation process!

BioFlex Laser Array

Learn More

 

Resources:

https://emedicine.medscape.com/article/809692-overview

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/tendinitis/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20378248

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/tendonitis/

 

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