Do you suffer from the pain and stiffness of Tendonitis? I do. I have Tendonitis in my right wrist. It’s hard to pinpoint the actual cause of Tendonitis, but, just like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, it can be caused by repetitive movements. The Tendonitis I have is probably a result from working in a factory some years ago. I performed a job that required the same twist of my right wrist for eight or more hours a day. Had I known more information about Tendonitis at the time, I could have changed jobs and avoided a lifetime of pain and stiffness.
Tendonitis is basically an inflammation of a tendon. This disease occurs most commonly in your joints- wrists, elbows, shoulder, ankle, and hip. Sometimes when you use a joint in your body over and over again, this action causes minute tears in the tissues. These tears weaken the tissues in your joint. These weak places then become inflamed and painful when the joint is used again.
Unfortunately, because of their makeup and their purpose, muscles, ligaments, and tendons take a very long time to heal. Even when they do heal, they never have the same amount of strength as they originally did. Plus, after they have been injured once, it’s easier for them to become damaged again.
The symptoms of Tendonitis include pain, soreness, and stiffness in the affected joint. You may also feel a burning sensation around the joint too. And, you may also notice a slight swelling around the joint. A feeling of numbness or tingling can also occur in the joint if you continue to use it after the first symptoms have appeared.
The treatment of Tendonitis relies basically on resting the affected joint. My healthcare professional advised me to wear a cock-up splint on my right wrist when that joint bothers me. The cock-up splint immobilizes my wrist so it can rest. He also prescribed taking over-the-counter Ibuprofen products such as MotrinÃ¢Â?Â¢ or AdvilÃ¢Â?Â¢. Ibuprofen works better than TylenolÃ¢Â?Â¢ in relieving the pain and stiffness because it has anti-inflammatory properties.
I know from personal experience that Massage Therapy can also be effective in temporarily relieving the discomfort that Tendonitis causes. Acupuncture is also said to relieve wrist, elbow, shoulder, ankle, or hip joint pain. I just haven’t been brave enough to try that yet.
If the Tendonitis becomes severe, the affected tendon can rupture. If this happens, you’ll need to have surgery to repair the tendon.
Tennis Elbow is a form of Tendonitis. You’ll feel the pain of this in your upper arm. Achilles Tendonitis creates pains and discomforts above your heel, while
Patellar Tendonitis affects the area just under your kneecap.
If you are experiencing pain, stiffness, burning, or other uncomfortable symptoms in any of your joints, you may be suffering from Tendonitis. Call your healthcare provider for a check-up.