The way the human body is made and the things you put it through on a daily basis create almost a perfect storm for injuries. One of the parts of your body that is easy to injure and can lead to a lot of pain are the tendons. Here is what you need to know about injuries to your tendons and how your chiropractor may be able to help.
Types of Tendon Injuries
Your tendons anchor the muscles of your body to your bones. Any activity that uses muscles puts pressure on the tendons – so that’s pretty much everything! The most common types of tendon injuries are:
- Tendonosis, which is when small tears have occurred in the tendon and around it as a result of overuse.
- Tendonitis, which is when the tendon becomes inflamed.
Causes of Injury
Most of the time tendon injuries occur near the joints, such as the elbow or knee. They also commonly pop up in the ankle, shoulder, and heel. These types of injuries can happen suddenly, but most of the time they are a result of small tears that have occurred over time but have not had the opportunity to heal.
Anyone can injure a tendon, but anyone who performs the same types of movements over and over again is at the highest risk for injury. Swimming, running, tennis and other repetitive activities can lead to injuries of the tendon because they weaken them and make them prone to injury. Of course, sudden trauma or even age can contribute to a tendon injury as well.
Symptoms of a Tendon Injury
If you have injured a tendon then you may notice:
- Reduced strength
- Affected area warm to the touch
- Crunching sound when using the affected tendon
Treatment of Injuries to Tendons
When you come to your chiropractor with a tendon injury they can help to guide you through the healing process. A lot of treatment can be done at home, including:
- Resting the injured area
- Gentle stretching to help improve range of motion and prevent stiffness.
- Ice therapy to help reduce inflammation and swelling.
Your chiropractor may also direct you toward strengthening exercises and stretching exercises you can perform at home to help rehabilitate the injured tendon. This, in conjunction with chiropractic adjustments and a review of your posture when performing the activity that may be causing the problem, can help to keep you from experiencing future episodes.
If you suspect a tendon injury, talk to your chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic today!
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