Tendonitis is an inflammation that occurs in or around the tendons, which are bands of strong fibrous tissue that hold the muscle to the bone. Tendons can usually take large amounts of stress, but occasionally due to disease, injury or overexertion they become swollen. Sometimes the fibres can become damaged and torn and due to this the pain can be very severe. The pain will become worse every time you use the damaged tendon and it will take longer to heal. Tendonitis usually takes 2 weeks to heal. Symptoms of tendonitis include:
Painful tenderness and/or stiffness at a joint
Occasionally, mild swelling at the joint
Sometimes there is also a numb or tingling feeling.
Tendons usually become swollen if they are overworked. So any sudden exercise when your body is not ready for it such as lifting weights and repetitive stress can all contribute to tendonitis
Certain vitamin supplements have been found to help heal tendonitis, however ask your doctor before taking any form of supplement. They are Vitamin C, E, beta carotene, selenium and zinc.
Resting the sore tendon is the best treatment, also keep your weight off the affected area.
Always do warm up exercises before any activity.
When to seek further professional advice
If the pain has not eased up in 7-10 days or if it is very severe and it is swollen.
Aromatherapists often recommend applying the essential oil of Chamomile onto the affected area to help soothe and reduce the inflammation. Herbalists will recommend using white willow taken orally to help with pain and Bromelain, an enzyme that is found in pineapples can be taken orally to help reduce inflammation in the soft tissues. There are a number of over the counter homeopathic remedies that can be used for tendonits as well as Arnica, an anti-inflammatory and Ruta an antispasmodic.
Rest your sore tendon so that it can heal is the most common recommendation. You can also apply a cold compress immediately after the injury occurred. A pain killer can be taken if it is needed. You could also consult a trained physical therapist for advise on an appropriate exercise that can be done to help strengthen the areas around the tendon and the tendon itself, after it has healed.
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