Fayetteville Accident & Injury Center Discusses Tendinitis
Tendons are the thick fibrous cords that attach your muscles to bones. They act as pulleys to move a joint. If they become irritated and inflamed, the condition is called tendinitis. Since tendinitis is often the result of overuse, poor posture or improper body mechanics, chiropractic treatment is often helpful to relieve pain. Here are the basics on tendinitis, courtesy of Fayetteville Accident and Injury Center in Fayetteville, NC.
You have many tendons in the body and any of them can become inflamed and painful. However, tendons in certain areas are more prone to tendinitis because they are the most frequently used. These areas include the shoulders, elbows, wrists, knees, and heels. Since certain sports are associated with tendinitis in a particular place, you may hear terms such as tennis elbow, pitcher’s shoulder or jumper’s knee to describe these conditions.
The location of the symptoms is one of the best ways to identify tendinitis. Most people report a dull aching pain when they move the affected limb or joint. The pain is usually located at the spot where the tendon attaches to the bone. The area may be tender to palpation and in some cases, swelling occurs in the same location. Symptoms may appear suddenly if you have an injury or more gradually if the problem is overuse.
Causes and Risk Factors for Tendinitis
Repetitive motion is the most common reason for tendinitis to occur. These motions can occur on the job, in the home or in sports. Improper technique or poor body mechanics can overload the tendons. Tendons become less flexible with age, which increases the risk of tendinitis. Other risk factors include:
- Occupations or sports in which you perform the same motions repeatedly.
- Poor posture or body mechanics.
- Leg length differences or joint deformities.
- Arthritis, gout, and diabetes.
- Medication side effects.
Prevention and Treatment
Whether you’re looking for prevention or treatment strategies, your chiropractor is a good resource. A chiropractor can perform a posture or motion analysis to identify habits that contribute to the problem. Many chiropractors are also trained in workplace ergonomic analysis to identify and correct ways in which your working conditions play a role. Misalignment in a joint can be treated with an adjustment. Corrective exercise programs strengthen and stretch the muscles and help keep tendons more limber. Massage also helps relieve pain.
Contact Fayetteville Accident and Injury Center in Fayetteville, NC!
If you have tendinitis, it’s important to get treatment; untreated, it may lead to degeneration of the tendon. Please contact us at Fayetteville Accident & Injury Center at (910) 484-2001 or come by the office at 2819 Bragg Boulevard in Fayetteville. We offer the full range of chiropractic services and will do our best to meet your scheduling needs.