Tendonitis is a common ailment that affects thousands of Americans every year. The condition is defined by pain, tenderness, or swelling centered around the point where a tendon attaches to the bone. Your tendons are fibrous cords that serve as anchor points between bone and muscle. These structures can become compromised over time due to age, repetitive motion, or injury. Treatment of tendonitis depends on the type, severity, and overall health of the patient.
What Causes Tendonitis?
While sudden injury is a possible cause of tendonitis, most cases are the result of repetitive motion. Patients who develop tendonitis often have careers or hobbies that stress the tendons by repeating the same action over and over again. Those who participate in sports such as bowling and tennis, or who work in industries that require performing the same task the same way for many hours during the day are at risk. As patients age, it becomes more and more important for them to take steps to prevent tendonitis.
What Can Prevent Tendonitis?
While age can make it more likely that a patient will develop tendonitis, there are steps that can be taken to prevent it. In addition to taking occasional breaks from your repetitive activity during your work or play, there are other steps you can take.
Stretch First – Stretching is an important way to prevent injury while performing these activities. Giving your body a chance to limber up can ensure you don’t experience an injury later.
Vary Your Activities – Mix up your activities by changing what you’re doing or how you’re doing it. Exchange running for biking, or trade jobs with someone you work with every couple hours.
Practice Good Technique – Many activities can cause injury if you’re not performing them correctly. The proper technique takes the strain off the tendons and reduces the possibility of your becoming injured.
Ergonomics – Ensure that your workspace utilizes ergonomic principles. A comfortable ergonomic chair with a properly placed keyboard and desktop can go a long way to protecting you from conditions like carpal tunnel, one variety of tendonitis.
What Treatments Are Available For Tendonitis?
The methods used for treating tendonitis vary depending on the severity of the case, its location, and the health of the patient. Most conservative treatments include over-the-counter medication, resting the tendon, and applying ice to the affected area. In more severe cases, patients may be provided with Corticosteroids that help reduce inflammation and pain. Physical therapy is sometimes beneficial in certain cases by strengthening the muscles and tendons. Other treatments include:
Ultrasonic Treatment – A small incision is made to insert a device that eliminates scar tissue from tendons using ultrasonic waves.
Dry Needling – Small holes are made in the tendon using fine needles. This stimulates healing activity in the tendon.
Platelet-Rich-Plasma – Platelets are extracted from your blood and injected into the affected area. This treatment has been shown to be effective in cases of chronic tendonitis.
Surgery – In cases of tendon rupture or tearing, surgery may be required to repair and reinforce your tendon.
If you’ve been experiencing symptoms associated with tendonitis and are seeking relief, it’s time to make a call to Dr. Seth J Steber today. You can reach out to our clinic at 570-657-6851 to schedule an appointment. On the day of your appointment, you’ll arrive at 265 Pine Cove Ct in Lehighton PA and be greeted by our helpful staff, who will help you take the last steps to prepare for your appointment. Consider printing out your new patient forms from our website to make seeing Dr. Steber even easier!