Tendons are thick cords that attach muscle to bone. Tendonitis is an acute inflammation of a tendon, that commonly affects the wrist, elbow, shoulder, knee and Achilles tendon. It is often caused by repetitive activities or incorrect postures at work or home of the affected and surrounding joints, leading to overuse of soft tissues. There are many activities that may cause tendonitis, with golf, tennis, throwing, typing, painting, running, and jumping being a few of them.
Symptoms of tendonitis include pain at the site of the tendon and surrounding area, loss of motion, weakness and swelling. In the acute phases, it is important to rest, ice and avoid the activities that aggravate the problem. However, tendonopathy may take weeks to months to go away, depending on the severity of your injury.
Physiotherapy is very beneficial to assess and treat tendonitis. We can provide education on recovery time lines, guidance on rest and possible splinting/taping, therapy for pain and symptoms, mobility and strengthening exercises, and a plan for progressive loading and gradual return to activity to help prevent tissue damage.
Our goal at Summit Physiotherapy is to help keep you moving!