Tendinitis is inflammation or irritation of a tendon — the thick fibrous cords that attach muscle to bone. The condition causes pain and tenderness just outside a joint. While tendinitis can occur in any of your tendons, it’s most common around your shoulders, elbows, wrists, knees and heels.
It is usually insidious, meaning pain comes on overtime. In saying this, acute ruptures are not uncommon. When tendon pain comes on insidiously, it is a usually a result of tissue overload through the region, whilst your level of activity is a factor, other things such as biomechanics (how you move), training surfaces, footwear, nutrition and even some medications can all be large contributing factors.
Pain often described as a dull ache, especially when moving the affected limb or joint, tenderness and mild swelling
Treatment for such conditions usually focuses on strengthening the tendon to improve its ability to tolerate load whilst also working on any biomechanical factors that are placing undue stress on the tendon. Physiotherapists can help you improve your techniques/ biomechanics in relation to the injury. They will also relieve the pain and de-load the area through acupuncture, taping, passive movement and education.
You can also use at home remedies to help through RICE- rest, ice, compression, elevation.
If you would like to learn more about our services, or have some questions regarding our treatment options in our Mount Lawley clinic, feel free to give us a call.
You can reach us at (08) 9271 8805 and one of our friendly team members will be happy to answer your questions.