Tendonitis can affect any tendon, but no matter where the condition occurs, you should never ignore the pain. Untreated tendonitis weakens the tendon and puts you at risk for a tendon rupture. The team at All Health Physical Therapy Inc. in Tucker, Georgia, has extensive experience finding solutions that alleviate the inflammation and gradually restore strength and movement as the tendon heals. To learn more about tendonitis treatment, call the office or schedule an appointment online.
Tendonitis refers to inflammation that affects any tendon in your body. Tendons connect muscles to bones, so when you develop tendonitis, the pain affects your ability to move the bone attached to the inflamed tendon.
You can develop tendonitis from:
When tendonitis goes untreated, the ongoing inflammation weakens the tendon and increases your risk of a tendon tear.
The primary symptoms of tendonitis are pain and difficulty moving or using the affected area. You may also develop some swelling or a grating sensation in the joint. Because these symptoms are generic, it’s important to see your doctor to get a proper diagnosis and to be sure your inflammation doesn’t lead to complications like a tendon rupture.
A few of the most common types of tendonitis include:
A type of tendonitis called posterior tibial tendon dysfunction causes adult-onset flatfeet.
You may need to temporarily immobilize the affected area to give the tendon time to heal. When you’re cleared to start rehabilitation, your physical therapist at All Health Physical Therapy Inc. designs a treatment program to strengthen the muscles, alleviate your pain, and improve your range of motion.
The team has extensive experience in a wide range of physical therapy techniques, including manual therapies and passive and active exercise.
At the start of your treatment, your therapy may focus on passive exercises to maintain movement without using your muscles. Then you’ll gradually increase your activity as your pain and swelling improve.
Your treatment may include:
Your physical therapist at All Health Physical Therapy Inc. also helps you prevent future bouts of tendonitis by retraining your muscles. You’ll learn the proper form and how to use your muscle during activities that stress the inflamed tendon, whether you need to learn how to safely lift heavy groceries or you want to engage in athletic activities.
To get expert help for tendonitis, call All Health Physical Therapy Inc. or book an appointment online.