Alternative Physical Medicine of Colorado
Alternative Medicine & Chiropractor located in Littleton, CO
When tendonitis develops gradually, it’s easy to ignore the mild pain alerting you to a problem. But early treatment is vital because inflammation makes the tendon vulnerable to a rupture. At Alternative Physical Medicine of Colorado in Littleton, Colorado, Ron Spallone, DC, has years of experience healing tendonitis and developing a customized rehabilitation plan that prevents future problems. To learn more about tendonitis treatment, call the office or schedule a consultation online today.
Tendonitis Q & A
What causes tendonitis?
Tendonitis refers to an inflamed tendon, a common problem that can affect any tendon in your body. Healthy tendons are essential if you want to move well. These strong cords of tissue connect muscles to bones, so when the muscles contract, the bone moves.
The top causes of tendonitis include:
- Straining the tendon
- Performing repetitive movement
- Enduring excessive training
- Increasing the duration or intensity of your exercise
- Getting an inflammatory condition
- Developing calcium deposits on the tendon
When your tendonitis goes untreated or doesn’t have time to heal, the damage gets progressively worse, and the ongoing inflammation weakens the tissues. That’s when you can end up with a partial or complete tendon tear.
What are the most common types of tendonitis?
Many types of tendonitis carry the name of the sport that tends to cause inflammation, but it’s the specific repetitive motion during that sport that leads to the tendon problem. Any activity that duplicates similar movements can cause tendonitis.
These are a few of the most common types of tendonitis:
- Golfer’s elbow
- Tennis elbow
- Rotator cuff tendonitis
- Jumper’s knee
- Achilles tendonitis
- Biceps tendonitis
- De Quervain’s tenosynovitis
Tendonitis also frequently affects the ankle.
What symptoms develop if I have tendonitis?
Pain is the top symptom, especially pain that gets worse when you move. The area along your tendon may feel tender, and you could have some swelling.
You may also experience problems that seem unrelated to your tendonitis because weak tendons have a widespread impact. For example, shoulder tendonitis can affect movement in your wrist and hand.
How is tendonitis treated?
Tendonitis often improves with rest and gentle stretching, but the team at Alternative Physical Medicine of Colorado can offer even more relief. They provide treatments that accelerate healing, reduce inflammation, and ease your pain.
A few examples of your treatment options include:
- Chiropractic manipulation
- Massage therapy
- Physical therapy
- Cold laser therapy
- PRP injections
- Stem cell therapy
- Shockwave therapy
Your provider designs a customized rehabilitation program that strengthens your muscles and tendons. If your tendonitis developed from a sports injury, they recommend training changes to balance your muscles and prevent future bouts of tendonitis.
If you develop tendonitis due to everyday activities or because of work-related movements, your rehabilitation focuses on retraining your muscles and learning proper ergonomic form.
Don’t put off getting help for tendonitis. To prevent progressive inflammation and damage, call the office or book an appointment online today.