Physical Therapy for Tendinitis

Tendinitis is the inflammation or irritation of a tendon; the thick fibrous cords which attach your muscles to your bone. If you have pain or tenderness just outside of a joint, you may be dealing with tendinitis.

While this condition can occur in any of your tendons, it’s most common around your knees, heels, shoulders, elbows and wrists. Some common names for tendinitis issues are:

Although tendinitis can be caused by a sudden injury, you are more likely to develop it over time due to repetitive motion, leading to an overuse injury. Without proper treatment, tendinitis could incrase your risk of experiencing a tendon rupture.

Common Symptoms

  • Pain often described as a dull ache, particularly when moving the affected area
  • Tenderness
  • Mild swelling
  • General weakness

Treatment Options

Most cases of tendinitis can be successfully treated with physical therapy. Eccentric strengthening has been shown to be very effective for chronic tendon issues. Your physical therapist may even suggest using Dry Needling as a type of manual therapy to help stimulate factors involved in tendon healing.

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