Tendonitis and Tendonosis Treatment

Whether it’s pitcher’s shoulder, tennis elbow, or runner’s knee, anyone with tendonitis wants relief from pain. The soreness, aching sensation and chronic discomfort of tendonitis around muscles are caused when a tendon connecting a muscle to a bone is overused, injured or used improperly due to compensation. Once tendonitis has been properly diagnosed, Minnesota Movement’s approach to treatment that addresses the underlying cause of the injury can be utilized with great results. Tendonitis can heal under chiropractic care with correct rehabilitation and the person can prevent reinjuring the affected area in the future.

What Causes Tendonitis?

Tendonitis can occur through sports participation when certain joints are overused, or when the athlete is undertrained or uses poor technique in sports. In certain occupations, repetitive movement, such as typing, can cause tendons to become inflamed. Injuries and repeated trauma also can contribute, as can autoimmune disorders (such as diabetes), some inflammatory conditions, and some infections. Tendonitis shows up mostly in the shoulder, elbow, wrist, thumb, hip, knee, and ankle.

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What’s the difference between Tendonitis and Tendonosis?

The main difference between tendinosis and tendonitis is time. Tendinosis is a chronic (persistent or recurring) condition caused by repetitive trauma or an injury that hasn't healed. By contrast, tendonitis is an acute (sudden, short-term) condition in which inflammation is caused by a direct injury to a tendon.

  • Tendinosis does not involve inflammation. As such, while it can be painful, there is usually no redness or warmth of the surrounding soft tissues. When examined under a microscope, tiny tears (microtears) of the tendon may be seen, but there would be no evidence of inflammatory cells.

  • Tendonitis, by contrast, does result in inflammation and is characterized by swelling, redness, and warmth in addition to pain. When seen under the microscope, inflammatory cells would be present. Tears and damage would typically be more pronounced.

Tendonitis and Tendonosis are very common over-use injuries that many people suffer from at some point in their lives. It presents itself as a sharp, severe pain in a joint. The techniques and knowledge of the providers here at Minnesota Movement are perfectly fit to treat these injuries and conditions.

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Signs and Symptoms of Tendonitis:

  • Pain that worsens when the affected limb is moved

  • Stiffness and loss of range of motion

  • Swelling

  • Tenderness

  • Warmth and redness

  • Crackling sensation

How can Minnesota Movement Chiropractic Care help with Tendonitis?

  • Adjusting the extremities and joints surrounding the musculotendonous area

  • Manual Muscle Therapy to relax over-active muscles

  • Transverse Friction Massage to alleviate pain

  • Topical Pain relief

  • Kinesiology Tape with RockTape

  • Corrective Exercises and Eccentric Focused Rehabilitation