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Updated: Jul 25, 2022

Pain from tendonitis is not something you have to live with if you know what to do when and if it strikes.

What Is Tendonitis?

Tendonitis (aka Tendinitis) is defined as inflammation of a tendon. A Tendon connects muscle to bone, unlike Ligaments which connect bone to bone. When Tendons become inflamed they can cause pain, weakness, and can make many activities almost unbearable! Although we have hundreds of tendons in our bodies, there are really only a handful that will typically cause problems.

The most common locations to develop Tendonitis are:

Elbow - Tennis Elbow & Golfers Elbow

Knee - Patellar Tendonitis

Heel - Achilles Tendonitis

Wrist & Hands - Texting Thumb, Carpal Tunnel, Trigger Finger

Shoulder - Rotator Cuff/Bicep Tendonitis

Why Does It Happen?

Tendonitis can develop when a person overuses or injures a tendon, for example, during sport or repetitive activities. It is normally linked to an acute injury with inflammation.

Self Help For Tendonitis

Mild to moderate tendonitis is actually easy to treat if you deal with it early and properly. When tendonitis pain is first noticed it's best to avoid or modify the activity that caused it and to ice the injured area.

But, the problem with this approach is that many times you can't avoid to activity that caused it. For example, if you have tendonitis in your wrist and you work on a computer all day, it's going to be tough to not use your wrist or hand for 2 weeks. Sometimes braces or straps are effective at relieving pain and taking pressure of the injured tendon.

When tendonitis is due to exercise its usually best to modify that exercise or avoid it all together until the tendon heals and the swelling subsides.

If icing and avoiding activity does not help and tendonitis pain persists, it's time to seek help.

Laser Therapy For Tendonitis

When tendonitis gets bad enough where resting and icing doesn't help, that's where Laser Therapy comes in. Laser Therapy will directly help to reduce inflammation and stimulate healing. I've personally seen this hundreds of times with people that had tendonitis so bad or for so long that they were literally at their wits' end.

Depending on the severity of the problem and specific tendon involved, a series of treatments is typically needed to get the problem under control and healing.

Please contact me directly with any questions at 651-430-3229 or schedule an appointment online here

Dr. Hanson

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