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How Do You Know if You Have Tendonitis?

How Do You Know if You Have Tendonitis?

Tendonitis is a common condition that can cause pain, swelling, and stiffness in the affected area. It occurs when the tendons, which connect muscles to bones, become inflamed or irritated due to overuse or injury. In this blog post, we will discuss how you can recognize the signs of tendonitis and when it may be time to seek help from a physiotherapist or chiropractor.

Pain and Tenderness: One of the most common symptoms of tendonitis is pain and tenderness in the affected area. This pain may worsen with movement or activity and may feel achy or sharp. If you experience persistent pain in a specific tendon, such as in your elbow (tennis elbow) or shoulder (rotator cuff tendonitis), it could be a sign of tendonitis.

Swelling and Redness: Another indication of tendonitis is swelling and redness around the affected tendon. The area may appear swollen, warm to the touch, and may even have a reddish hue. This inflammation is part of your body’s natural response to injury but can lead to discomfort and limited mobility if left untreated.

Stiffness and Limited Range of Motion: Tendonitis can also cause stiffness and a decreased range of motion in the affected joint or muscle group. You may find it challenging to fully extend or flex the joint without experiencing pain or discomfort. This stiffness can make everyday activities such as reaching overhead or bending your elbow more difficult.

Crepitus: In some cases of severe tendonitis, you may notice a crackling sensation or sound when moving the affected joint. This sensation, known as crepitus, is caused by friction between inflamed tendons and surrounding tissues. While not always present in cases of tendonitis, crepitus can be a telling sign that something is amiss with your tendons.

When to Seek Help: If you suspect you have tendonitis based on these symptoms, it’s essential to seek help from a healthcare professional such as a physiotherapist or chiropractor. These specialists can conduct a thorough assessment, provide treatment options such as manual therapy, exercises, ultrasound therapy, or bracing to reduce inflammation and promote healing.

Recognizing the signs of tendonitis early on can help prevent further damage and expedite your recovery process. By paying attention to symptoms such as pain, swelling, stiffness, crepitus, and seeking help from a physiotherapist or chiropractor when needed, you can effectively manage this common condition. Remember that rest, ice therapy, gentle stretching exercises are often recommended for treating mild cases of tendonitis before progressing into more aggressive treatments like injections or surgery if necessary. Don’t ignore persistent pain – listen to your body’s signals and take steps towards healing today!

If you have any questions or would like to explore further, please book a free, no-charge online appointment with either myself, Dr. Laura Rashty, BSc, DC, or another Kitchener chiropractor at CARESPACE. We are happy to listen and are here to help!

Laura Rashty, Bsc, DC

Laura Rashty, Bsc, DC

Stop your aches and pains with hands-on manual therapy from Dr. Laura, Registered Chiropractor. Dr. Laura also offers wellness coaching on exercise, diet, and stress management and has a special interest in working with pre-natal and post-partum patients, children, and older adults. She is trained in Webster Technique (pregnancy care), Thompson Technique, Myofascial Release Technique (MRT), and trigger point therapy. She created individualized plans for each client using a combination of manual, Activator, and drop-piece adjusting. Dr. Laura completed her Bachelor of Science majoring in Human Kinetics at the University of Guelph and later graduated summa cum laude from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC). During her time at CMCC, she learned about the growing body of evidence on the mind-body connection and as president of the Mindfulness Club and vice-president of the Interprofessional Club she became aware of how various health disciplines can work together with chiropractors for better outcomes. To better help you relieve pain and achieve your health goals, Dr. Laura will collaborate with the team to develop effective multidisciplinary coordinated plans.

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