A tendon is the fibrous, flexible structure that
connects muscle to bone. Your body's skeletal muscles
move your bones by contraction and expansion. The
tissue that transmits the force of the muscle contraction
to the bone is the tendon. Tendinitis is inflammation,
irritation, and swelling of a tendon. If chronic,
tendinosis (tendon degeneration) also occurs. Tendinitis
can occur in almost any area of the body where a
tendon connects a bone to a muscle. The most common
places are the achilles tendon, knee, hip, elbow,
shoulder and base of thumb. When tendinitis afflicts
the elbow, it is also known as "tennis elbow".
Tennis elbow or "lateral epicondylitis"
is a painful condition centering around the exterior
of the elbow, stemming from tendinitis of the wrist
extensor muscles. The development of tennis elbow
begins with small tears in the part of the tendon
that surrounds the elbow and muscle coverings. Further
tears often lead to hemorrhaging and inflammation,
leading to pain. Left untreated, these tears and
injuries can cause pressure that restricts blood
flow. Despite the name, tennis elbow can afflict
anyone who experiences an injury in that area, repetitive
movement, strain or the overuse of muscles.
What are the symptoms
associated with Tendinitis?
Findings consistent with tendinitis typically include
tenderness directly over the tendon, pain with movement
of the tendons and muscles, and swelling of the
tendon. When muscles are strained or overused, they
become inflamed and painful to the touch. For example,
tennis elbow is common among golfers, machinists,
mechanics and computer enthusiasts.
How is Tendinitis diagnosed?
Tendinitis is almost always diagnosed on physical
examination. Studies such as x-rays and MRIs are
not usually needed to make the diagnosis of tendinitis.
However, x-rays may be performed to ensure there
is no other problem, like a fracture.
is the typical treatment for Tendinitis?
Initial treatment of tendinitis involves resting
the injured area, avoiding repetitive activities
that can aggravate and further irritate the problem
further, icing the area and over the counter oral
anti-inflammatory drugs. If these activities fail,
more advanced treatments often ensue such as corticosteroid
injections, physical therapy and for severe problems
not responding to other treatments, surgery.
The Ateevia Botanica PRIME
utilizes the power of phytonutrients such as flavonoids
in the battle for pain relief. In the past decade,
flavonoids have become the focus of attention in
the research community. Part of the polyphenol family,
flavonoids are valued pharmacologically for their
anti-inflammatory activities (such as quercetin).
About 8,000 naturally occurring plant phenolics
have been identified, half of which are flavonoids,
contributing significantly to the color, taste and
flavor of many herbs, foods and drinks. Many phenolic
molecules are effective antioxidants and free radical
scavengers, in addition to being the basis for most
Flavonoids are widely distributed in higher plants
as components of leaves and pigments in flowers.
When not directly visible, they protect plant tissues
and compounds against damage from ultraviolet radiation.
Quercetin affects an array of enzyme systems. It
finds its main use as a safe systemic anti-inflammatory,
indicated in most cases of allergy or inflammation-based
pathology. This application stems from quercetin's
impact on the biochemical processes that influence
these physiological responses in the body. Quercetin
may also have antiviral activity, and play a role
in tumor inhibition. But we must remember that flavonoids
have many properties, and an attempt to list the
physiological effects of isolated chemicals can
obscure the complex, synergistic ways they work.
Because phytonutrients (called phytochemicals by
some) have a gentle impact on so many tissues, organs
and physiological processes, they are described
as biological response modifiers. A comprehensive
review by Middleton and Kandaswami of the impact
of flavonoids on immune system function and the
inflammatory response illuminated a wide range of
effects. PRIME therapy
incorporates the potency of flavonoids, which have
a profound effect on inflammatory cells. Ateevia
Botanica's Please see our "Research"
section under "About
Ateevia" for more information.
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