Tendonitis Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention at St. Joseph Chiropractic
Tendonitis is an injury that can cause a significant amount of pain and discomfort. If severe enough, it may even impact a person's ability to work, play sports, or function in day-to-day life. At St. Joseph Chiropractic, our chiropractor uses natural techniques and therapies to not only heal injured tendons but to help identify why the tendon became injured in the first place. This two-pronged approach can help maximize healing and prevent issues from recurring.
What is Tendonitis?
When you see the suffix "-itis," think inflammation. With tendonitis, something causes a tendon (a fibrous structure connecting muscle to bone) to become inflamed and irritated. Commonly affected tendons include the Achilles (heel), quadriceps (knee), patellar (jumper's knee), biceps, elbow (golfer's elbow/tennis elbow), and rotator cuff (shoulder).
If a tendonitis injury is left untreated, chronic inflammation of the tendon can develop. When this happens, the condition is usually referred to as tendinopathy or tendinosis.
Signs and Symptoms of Tendonitis
Signs and symptoms of tendonitis can usually come on relatively quickly, can persist for days or weeks, and can range from mild to severe. They include:
- The sensation of popping, cracking, or grinding with movement
- Swelling, warmth, redness, and tenderness near the tendon (sometimes a lump or bump is visible or palpable)
- Pain, often within certain ranges of motion (a "painful arc")
- Stiffness in the nearby joint
Causes of Tendonitis
In most cases, "overuse" of a tendon is cited as the main cause of tendonitis. However, it's not just frequent use per se that leads to inflammation and injury. Other questions should be investigated and answered:
- Is their form or body mechanics impaired?
- Are they doing frequent repetitive movement?
- Are they trying to do too much or lift too much weight beyond their current ability?
- Are they frequently jumping, pounding, or decelerating?
- Do they have other underlying range of motion limitations or postural imbalances?
- Are they not giving their bodies sufficient rest, hydration, and nutrition to support healthy tissues?
Addressing and answering these questions helps optimize recovery.
How Our St. Joseph Chiropractor Treats Tendonitis
Our St. Joseph chiropractor uses natural and holistic techniques to heal tendonitis and prevent recurring irritation with drug-free natural services such as:
- Chiropractic adjustments to trigger natural pain relief and improve joint alignment and function
- Modalities like ultrasound and cold laser therapy to stimulate cellular metabolism and tissue repair
- Soft tissue mobilization to increase healing blood flow and reduce swelling
- Kinesio tape to reduce tendon pressure
Are You in Pain from Tendonitis?
If you live near St. Joseph, MO, and are struggling with tendonitis, contact St. Joseph Chiropractic now at 816-279-0700 to schedule an initial appointment with our chiropractor, Dr. Craig Mattox.