Tendinitis is a very common complaint; it’s an injury or irritation in your tendons, which are the thick, fibrous tissues that connect your muscles to your bones. People who regularly engage in activities that require repetitive motion – such as factory workers, those with desk jobs, and athletes, to name just a few – often develop tendinitis. Though it’s uncomfortable, tendinitis does not have to slow you down; chiropractic care can help.
Tendinitis: The Telltale Signs
Tendinitis usually presents with specific signs that make it recognizable:
- Pain in the affected area that worsens with movement
- Stiffness and reduction in range of motion in the affected area
- Mild to moderate swelling in the affected area
- Tenderness around the affected area
- Warmth and redness around the affected area
Tendinitis: The Causes
Repetitive motions of nearly any variety can inflame your tendons and lead to tendinitis. Tendinitis can strike nearly any part of your body – but it’s most common in the shoulder, hip, knee, elbow, wrist, thumb, and ankle areas. Repetitive motion, however, is not the only tendinitis culprit; moving awkwardly, maintaining improper posture, and engaging in physical activity that is too rigorous for your fitness level can all lead to or exacerbate tendinitis. Similarly, injuries and physical trauma can also contribute to tendinitis. Autoimmune disorders like diabetes, some inflammatory conditions, and certain infections can likewise play a causative role in tendinitis.
Complications of Tendinitis
Tendinitis, if left untreated, can become a chronic condition that can lead to a rupture or tearing of the tendon, which often requires surgery. In its extreme, untreated tendinitis can lead to unavoidable permanent damage (even with surgery). Tendinitis is not something you should ignore.
Tendinitis and Chiropractic Care
Tendinitis is primarily an inflammatory disorder, which makes chiropractic care its ideal method of treatment. Chiropractic care provides a medicine-free, holistic, and hands-on care mechanism for healthily reducing inflammation. If you are suffering from tendinitis, don’t ignore or attempt to work through your pain; seek experienced chiropractic care. If left unchecked, tendinitis can worsen and even cause persistent problems, so you should take the important first step of obtaining chiropractic care and guidance.
Fight Back against Tendinitis, and Contact a Tampa Bay Chiropractor Today
If you’re experiencing tendinitis – and a lot of people are – don’t simply live with it or through it; instead, contact Tampa Bay Spine & Injury for an appointment today. As pain specialists, our multidisciplinary team provides truly integrated physical medicine, and we will work with you to effectively address your tendinitis. We have two offices that are conveniently located in Brandon (813-381-3852) and St. Petersburg (727-898-3852), so please call and allow us to help you effectively treat your tendinitis.