Chiropractors have many ideas about how to heal tendinitis.
What is Tendinitis?
An inflammation of a tendon is referred to as tendinitis. Tendons attach muscles to bone. With tendinitis, patients experience tenderness and pain around the joint. The knees, heels, wrists, elbows, and shoulders are most likely to have this inflammation. Elbow pain or elbow tendinitis might be called tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow. Rotator cuff pain and rotator cuff symptoms may be referred to as pitcher’s shoulder or swimmer’s shoulder. Jumper’s knee is another type of tendinitis.1 Golfer’s elbow causes inner elbow pain, whereas tennis elbow pain is on the outside. These are repetitive use disorders.2 Tennis elbow is also known as lateral epicondylitis.3 The medial epicondyle is impacted by golfing, so golfer’s elbow is called medial epicondylitis.4 Jumping, running, and “repetitive knee flexion into extension” may cause the patellar tendon to become inflamed as a result of overuse. Tendinitis can also be triggered by misalignment, joint laxity, flexibility issues, and aging.5
If a tendon ruptures, surgery would likely be necessary; however, most cases of these disorders can be treated with medications, rest, and physiotherapy.6 Tennis elbow treatment and golfer’s elbow treatment options are similar. Ice can be used to reduce inflammation. Ice should be utilized “multiple times a day, with an hour between icings” for about 10 minutes at a time. Chiropractic and soft tissue treatments, via a chiropractor and massage therapist, could be beneficial for tendinitis.7 Chiropractors can also treat shoulders. To reduce the initial inflammation and pain, chiropractic treatment may employ ultrasound, heat, ice, and electrical muscle stimulation. Some of the therapies offered include hands-on treatment, range-of-motion exercises, manipulation and stretching, massage and release techniques, and suggestions about strengthening exercises. These conservative treatment measures can help to avoid surgery. Chiropractors might also suggest ergonomic and movement changes to prevent further injury, while they assist with the rehabilitation process.8 To treat the knee chiropractors can use techniques similar to those which are used for the shoulder. The adjustments might be done manually with “quick, strategic thrusts” or with “a device called an Activator”. The practitioner could help with patient with mobility and stretching. A strengthened muscle performs more efficiently, and patients will want to avoid atrophy. It is also important that the patient does not overdo certain activities while in recovery. A knee brace may be recommended, initially, to provide support, reduce tension, and alleviate pain.9
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