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Dealing With Tendinitis

inflammation of a tendon, which causes pain. A common cause of tendinitis is minor impact on the affected area in a repetitive manner. Many common activities that individuals engage in recreationally or through work may cause tendinitis. Some of these activities may include skiing, pitching a baseball, shoveling, painting, cleaning, raking, carpentry, and gardening. Poor posture while engaging in these activities can be a contributing factor. Neglecting to stretch during and prior to exercise also increases a risk for tendinitis.

Although tendinitis can occur in younger people, it is most typical in adults over the age of forty. Much like other systems in the body, the tendons become less elastic with age and, of course, over time take on more and more stress. Over time, the tendon becomes less capable of absorbing stress, and therefore an inflammation occurs.

Common symptoms of tendinitis include pain on the tendon or in the surrounding area. Pain may either be sudden and severe or may be gradual. Sudden and severe symptoms are most common when calcium deposits are present. Tendinitis can occur anywhere a tendon is present, so, anywhere a muscle is being attached to a bone. Common areas for tendinitis are the knee, the hip, the shoulder, the elbow, the base of the thumb, and the Achilles tendon.

One very strong form of tendinitis is the inflammation of the Achilles tendon. The Achilles tendon is located behind the foot and connects the heel bone to the calf bone. It is considered the largest tendon in the body. A common affliction to the Achilles tendon is Achilles tendon tear or rupture. In the instance of the Achilles tendon tearing or rupturing, the Achilles tendon either tears or ruptures, causing a sudden loss in strength in the tendon.

It is possible to avoid the onset of tendinitis by observing some simple practices in day-to-day life. First, if you are going to begin a workout regimen, it’s a good idea to start slow. If you are dormant and want to become active, you should not just jump right in. Gradually increase your activity level. Use limited expectations when managing your motion. And importantly: if something hurts, discontinue the workout and come back later. If the pain recurs again, give yourself a full day off. If it still persists, consult a physician before continuing the activity.

If you do have tendinitis, the initial treatment will be to avoid activities that are causing the issue to occur. Resting the injured area and allowing it to heal is integral to recovery. Icing the area where the tendinitis is occurring can help, as can taking certain over-the-counter drugs that are specifically tailored for anti-inflammatory purposes.

Long-term issues with tendinitis may require more substantial treatment such as physical therapy, surgery, or corticosteroid injections. If the issue persists after a week of rest, you should see your physician and begin to explore options for treatment. 

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