Tendonitis

Tendonitis

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Tendonitis

General Condition

What is Tendonitis?

Tendonitis or tennis elbow is a painful condition that affects the tendons—the cords that connect muscles to bones. Tendons are responsible for helping your muscles move your joints.

Tendonitis can occur anywhere in your body where muscles attach to tendons; it’s most common in the:

  • Upper arms (tennis elbow)
  • Lower arms (golfer’s elbow)
  • Elbows (lateral epicondylitis)
  • Wrists/hands (de Quervain’s disease)
  • Feet (plantar fasciitis)

What are the types of  Tendonitis?

There are three main types of tendonitis:

  • Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
  • Golfers elbow (medial epicondylitis)
  • De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis

Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow is a condition that causes pain on the outside of the elbow. It can be caused by repetitive motion and use, like playing tennis or performing manual labor.

The symptoms include tenderness and inflammation in the area where tendons attach to bone, pain when bending your wrist back and forth, and weakness in your grip strength.

Golfers Elbow

Golfers elbow is similar to tennis elbow but affects the inside of your elbow instead of the outside. It’s caused by overuse of muscles that bend your wrist backwards, like those used for golfing or baseball pitching.

De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis

This type of injury affects the tendons along the thumb side of your wrist where they meet up with bones, especially if you’ve injured them before! You might notice swelling around these tendons after using them for extended periods of time to write or type.

What are the causes of  Tendonitis?

Common causes of tendonitis include:

  • Overuse of your wrist, such as typing all day at work
  • Repetitive motions, like playing tennis or golf
  • Strain on the joint, such as lifting heavy objects
  • Wear and tear from age or overuse
  • Repetitive motions that place stress on tendons, such as playing sports or using tools for long periods of time
  • Overuse injuries from activities like running or tennis lessons
  • Injury from falling onto an outstretched hand

What are the symptoms of  Tendonitis?

Symptoms include:

  • Pain, especially when you move the affected muscle or tendon
  • Stiffness in the affected area
  • Tenderness and swelling in the affected area
  • Pain, stiffness, and swelling in the elbow, wrist, or hand.

What are the risk factors of Tendonitis?

There are some risk factors that may increase your risk of developing tendonitis:

  1. Age – Tendons become less elastic as you age and may be more likely to develop tendonitis.
  2. Repetitive tasks – If you do the same task over and over again (like typing), this can put more stress on your tendons than if you change it up regularly.
  3. Not warming up before exercising – Warming up will help loosen up stiff muscles and tendons before exercising so they don’t get too tight during activity.
  4. Improper training techniques – If your training program doesn’t focus on proper form or technique for an exercise, you may be putting extra stress on your joints which could lead to tendonitis down the road!

Recommended Exercise

General Condition

What are the exercises for Tendonitis?

Physical therapy exercises are designed to help you strengthen the area around your joint and improve its motion. These exercises may include range-of-motion activities such as stretching, strengthening exercises like range-of-motion exercises and active isolated movements of the affected joint.

The exercises for tendonitis include:

Wrist flexion (palm up)

Hold your arm out in front of you with your palm facing up. Slowly move your wrist back and forth, bending it slightly more than halfway at a time (about 45 degrees). Do 5-10 reps on each side, being careful not to overdo it.

Wrist extension (palm down)

Hold your arm out in front of you with your palm facing down. Slowly move your wrist back and forth, bending it slightly more than halfway at a time (about 45 degrees). Do 5-10 reps on each side, being careful not to overdo it.

Hand circles

Starting with the hand fully extended in front of you and rotating clockwise 10 times before switching direction and rotating counterclockwise 10 times as well

What are the treatments for Tendonitis?

There are many different treatments for tendonitis, including rest, heat, cold and massage therapy. You may also want to consider physical therapy or acupuncture. The most common treatment for tendonitis is rest and stretching exercises.

  • RICE (rest, ice, compression and elevation)
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises

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General Condition

What brace is used for Tendonitis?

Elbow Brace with Strap

The main function of an elbow brace for tendonitis is to keep the injured area in place so that it doesn’t move around as much and cause further damage. An elbow brace will have straps on it that will go around your forearm and wrist area so that it stays in place while you wear it.

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