Tennis elbow, jumper’s knee, and swimmer’s shoulder are different names for the same condition: tendonitis. Once tendonitis develops, it’s essential to help it heal. At Innovation Spine Medical, with two New York locations, Dmitriy Fuzaylov, MD, and Ronald Michelli, DC, offer integrative therapies that speed up healing and reduce tendon inflammation, getting you on the road to a faster recovery. To get expert care for tendonitis, call the Long Island office in Malverne or the Queens office in Rego Park, or book an appointment online today.
Tendons are strong cords of tissue that connect muscles to bones. When a muscle contracts, it pulls on the tendon, and that makes your bones move. As a result, tendons stand up to significant stress and commonly become inflamed. That’s when you have tendonitis.
Tendonitis most often develops when you:
In the early stages of tendon irritation and inflammation, the problem usually heals — as long as you rest the muscle and give it time to heal. When tendonitis doesn’t heal, the ongoing inflammation weakens the tissues and increases your risk of tearing the tendon.
Many types of tendonitis carry a name reflecting an activity that commonly stresses the tendon. A few examples include:
Another common type is ankle tendonitis.
The primary symptom of tendonitis is pain. In most cases, the pain gets worse when you move the muscle. You may also have tenderness along the tendon or notice some swelling.
Many people develop problems that seem unrelated to tendonitis. That happens because a weak tendon affects more than one localized joint or muscle. For example, tendonitis in your shoulder can interfere with wrist and hand movement.
As long as you don’t have a significant tear in the tendon, tendonitis gradually improves with rest and gentle stretching exercises. However, your provider at Innovation Spine Medical can do more. They offer treatments that reduce inflammation and help your tendon heal faster.
After carefully evaluating your tendonitis, your provider may recommend treatments such as:
As your inflammation diminishes and the pain eases, your provider develops a rehabilitation program that strengthens the muscles and tendons. They also help you prevent future tendonitis problems by recommending proper ergonomic form or ways to change your training regimen.
If you have pain when moving a muscle, call Innovation Spine Medical or book an appointment online today.