Chiropractic care is a drug-free method of reducing inflammation and pain for those suffering from Tendonitis.
Tendonitis is a condition that occurs when the motion of a tendon is impaired, thus becoming inflamed and causing pain. The term ‘tendonitis’ literally translates to ‘inflammation of the tendon’ (‘itis’ refers to inflammation).
When the motion of a tendon is impeded for any reason, it will become inflamed and painful. This phenomenon is known as Tendonitis. The tendons play an important role in the movement of the body. This structure connects the muscles to the bones and enables mobility. When a muscle contracts and pulls on a bone for movement, it is the tendon which transmits the force necessary for this process to take place.
When a patient is suffering from Tendonitis, the normal, gliding motion of the tendon is impaired, leading to inflammation and pain.
Causes of Tendonitis
There are several reasons why tendons may become inflamed. Sports injuries and injuries of overuse are the main causative factors, mostly due to the repetitive nature of some athletic activities. Office workers may experience tendonitis in the wrist from typing. In some cases, beginning a new activity or physical exercise may irritate and inflame the tendon. The tendons also lose elasticity with age; those over forty are more susceptible to this condition.
Because tendonitis affects different parts of the body, the various types of tendonitis usually refer to whichever area is affected. For example, patellar tendonitis is the term for jumper’s knee, while the Achilles tendon is affected by Achilles tendonitis.
Pain and restricted movement are typical characteristics of Tendonitis. Those affected by this condition will find it difficult to move the afflicted body party. This can devastate attempts to participate in athletic activities and may restrict everyday motion. Tendonitis patients might also experience visible swelling; a burning sensation; pain when the tendon is under pressure (such as during weight lifting); and pain when the area is touched or moved.
Chiropractic and Tendonitis: Relief from Inflammation and Pain
Chiropractic uses spinal adjustments to achieve a reduction in the inflammation and pain associated with Tendonitis. This is a hands-on, drug-free, and intuitive approach to Tendonitis—because Tendonitis is a disorder of inflammation, it makes sense for patients to seek out healthcare modalities aimed at reducing inflammation.
Long-term, low grade inflammation is not only painful, but also carries serious risks for the overall health of the body. By realigning the spine, chiropractic addresses inflammation for better health and less pain. Spinal adjustment can also increase the motion in the joints for restored mobility. By applying a controlled force to restricted (or, hypomobile) joints, movement can be resumed. When normal movement occurs, pain and inflammation can be reduced.