Understanding Tendinitis

A tendon is a tough band of fibrous connective tissue that usually connects muscles to bone and is capable of withstanding tension.  Tendons are similar to ligaments, both are made of collagen.  Ligaments join one bone to another, while tendons connect muscles to the bone.

Tendinitis is inflammation or irritation of a tendon – any one of the thick fibrous cords that attach muscles to bone.  

Although tendinitis can be caused by a sudden injury, the condition is much more likely to stem from the repetition of a particular movement over time.  Many people develop tendinitis because their jobs or hobbies involve repetitive motions, which puts stress on the tendons needed to perform the tasks.  

While tendinitis can occur in any of your body’s tendons, it’s most common around the shoulders, elbows, wrists, knees and heels.  Some common names for various tendinitis problems are tennis elbow, golfers elbow, pitchers shoulder, swimmers shoulder or jumpers knee.   

The signs and symptoms (pain) associated with tendinitis tend to occur at the point where a tendon attaches to a bone.  The condition causes pain and tenderness just outside a joint and is typically described as a dull ache, especially when moving the affected limb or joint and may include mild swelling.

This condition can be successfully treated by use of joint manipulation, therapies to reduce tendon inflammation and improve circulation.     

Join us at our free Body Signals Workshop on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 @ 6:00 at our office where Dr. Livingstone will focus on the upper extremities of the body; the shoulders, elbows and wrists.  Call (403) 320-1015 today to register.