When it comes to constant pain and loss of function in the elbows, knees, shoulders, heels or wrists etc, one of the most common causes is Tendonitis. This condition is the result of inflamed tendons, which are the tissues that connect your bones to your muscles. You can suffer from tendonitis anywhere tendons are present in the body.
It’s not always easy to self-diagnose tendonitis though since some people feel a burning sensation when suffering from it and others describe it as a dull ache. In addition, there are also other common symptoms of tendonitis which are tenderness, swelling, stiffness, soreness and weakness.
If the condition worsens it can often lead to pain even when at rest. In general, most people will feel tendonitis pain during some type of physical activity. In fact, tendonitis is often caused by repetitive actions performed in sports and other activities such as the condition known as tennis elbow.
If you believe you may be suffering from tendonitis it’s recommended that you visit a doctor or a physiotherapist for testing and diagnosis. If you do happen to have tendonitis the good news is that it can be effectively treated with physiotherapy. The pain can be minimized and your mobility and range of motion can be returned to normal if the tendons and muscles are strengthened and stretched.
Tendons usually become inflamed or injured because they can’t handle the physical activity you’re performing since it places too much stress on them. In some instances, you may feel pain for just a day or two and it will then disappear by itself. In other cases the pain will linger and become more intense when you use the tendons to complete difficult or repetitive tasks. If this is the case then you may want to visit a physiotherapist for treatment.
How Physiotherapy Can Help Tendonitis
There are several forms of physiotherapy used to treat tendonitis pain such as heat, ice, manual therapy, electrical stimulation, heel lifts, arch supports, taping/splints, ultrasound, exercise, massage, stretching, and iontophoresis. Manual therapy is used to treat the joint, tendons and surrounding tissue such as the ligaments and muscles. In addition, exercise is prescribed to improve the tendons’ strength.
At Fit Physiotherapy of Newmarket, our goal is to alleviate the pain and rehabilitate the condition so you can resume your daily routine and normal activities as soon as possible. We will discuss your medical history, diagnose your condition and create the most effective and personalized therapy program to help treat it. The specific therapy treatments used will depend on the level and type of pain you’re feeling as well as your flexibility and range of motion and the specific tendon which is affected.
We will pinpoint the cause of the problem and also suggest how to avoid it from recurring. The tendons’ flexibility and strength will be safely restored over time through therapy with a program that has been specifically created for your unique condition. The recovery time will vary depending on each individual and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may be prescribed to help alleviate the pain and swelling.
In many instances you’ll have to cut back on physical activity and sports until the tendon has healed and is no longer causing pain. However, in most cases you will be able to take part in physical activities which don’t place any strain or stress on the injured tendon.
About FIT Physiotherapy
FIT Physiotherapy is a physiotherapy clinic in Newmarket, Ontario. We specialize in sports physiotherapy and associated injuries such as tendonitis. For more information on tendonitis or any other physical condition you may be suffering from and how physiotherapy can help it, please contact our team of professionals at Fit Physiotherapy.