What is tendonitis?

What is tendonitis?

We hear the word tendonitis a lot, but how does it start, how can you treat it, and how can you prevent it?

Tendonitis is the inflammation of a tendon attached to the end of a muscle, usually where it attaches to the bone. Sometimes tendonitis involves small tears if the tendon is inflammed enough. There are many areas where tendonitis can occur including: Shoulder, knee, ankle, heel, elbow, wrist, or hand.
Tendonitis occurs for many reasons including: Increase in activity, repetitive movements, sudden injury, or with age.

To treat tendonitis you can rest from the activity, use ice, take medication or do physical therapy. Physical therapists can do massage, teach exercises, and use modalities to calm down the tendonitis.

In order to prevent tendonitis it is important to modify repetitive activities if you can. For example, if you are a car mechanic working with your arms overhead see if you can make your work station more level with the task to avoid repetitive overhead movements, or take a break every hour and stretch. If you are sitting at a desk all day and you have a conference call, instead of sitting get up and walk around. Also utilize a proper warm up before go running or play tennis, and cool down properly as well.

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