Tendinitis is a painful condition that results when a tendon becomes inflamed or irritated. It is a quite common type of injury for people engaged in sports. When you hear someone say that they have a sort of generalized "elbow pain" or "knee pain," it could very well be tendinitis that they are referring to. If you are suffering from a painful tendon, the good news is that a chiropractor at Kane and Kendall Spine Management in Montgomery, IL can help. Here are some of the most common tendinitis FAQs that we hear at our clinic.
What Are the Symptoms of Tendinitis?
Tendinitis causes a dull and aching pain in a joint. This is usually in an elbow or the knee, but it can also impact a shoulder or hip. Tendinitis is sometimes caused by a sudden injury, but in most cases, the cause is a "repetitive motion injury." Think of an athlete like a pitcher who throws a baseball several hundred times per day, or a tennis player who swings a racket repeatedly; this repetitive motion can injure or strain a tendon over time. Assembly-line workers or employees who are required to make the same body motion for extended periods of time can also experience tendinitis.
What Are the Risk Factors for Tendinitis?
Simply getting older is one of the biggest risk factors for developing tendinitis. As we age, our joints and tendons become less flexible and it becomes easier to cause an injury. The work and sports conditions listed above that involve repetitive motions for long periods of time are also a significant risk factor.
Can Chiropractic Care Provide Tendinitis Pain Relief?
After diagnosing your tendinitis, a chiropractor at Kane and Kendall Spine Management will begin a course of treatment with you. The early goal of treatment will be to relieve the pain by loosening the tendon and reducing inflammation. This may require the use of a brace on the affected joint, as well as rest and icing therapies. Ultrasound, electric muscle stimulation and other therapies may be deployed. Once the swelling is reduced, the treatment will shift to chiropractic massage therapy, joint manipulation and physical therapy techniques to achieve long-term healing.
What is the Prognosis for Tendinitis with Chiropractic?
A chiropractor can help you recover from elbow pain, knee pain or other forms of tendinitis relatively quickly, especially if you seek care as early as possible. For the most severe cases of tendinitis, it can take up to six weeks or longer to fully treat the injury. Breaking down scar tissue is an important part of the process to ensure long-term healing. We will work with you on exercises to strengthen supportive muscles without straining the impacted tendon.
Contact Us for Chiropractic Care for Tendinitis
If you're suffering from any type of repetitive motion industry, a chiropractor at Kane and Kendall Spine Management can help you recover! Call us at (630) 906-1700 to schedule an appointment.