Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 7:07PM
Dr. Martin Dziak in Massage Therapy, chronic condition, inflamation, tendon, tendonitis
Tendonitis is an inflammation of a tendon. By nature, tendinitis is a chronic condition with an initial acute inflammatory stage.

Tendons are made up of dense collagen fibers, and attach muscles to bones. They have limited blood supply, and their health can be easily compromised in the areas of friction and compression. When a tendon gets injured, the limited blood supply causes the slow healing process of the tendons.

Causes of Tendonitis

The most common cause of tendonitis is overuse. A lot of people experience tendonitis from playing tennis or golf after a season of inactivity. With the introduction of a new physical activity or even just an increase in the level of exercise, inflammation and irritation of the tendon is quite common. Another cause is age-related. Unfortunately, as we age, the tendons lose their elasticity. Tendonitis can also develop over time from years of excessive repetitive work such as that of a carpenter or computer operator.

Symptoms of Tendonitis

The primary symptom of most types of tendinitis is pain. Some positions or movements can cause a greater degree of pain than others. You may also feel the lack of smoothness in the movement of the affected muscle. Sometimes, the tendon sheath fills with liquid and becomes inflamed. In other cases, it's dry and causes obvious friction when you move. In severe cases, tendons can rupture causing increased pain and swelling and possibly permanent change in function of the related muscle and joint.

Types of Tendonitis *Wrist *Achilles (ankle) *Patellar (knee) *Rotator Cuff (shoulder) *Elbow (Tennis and Golf Elbow)

Treatment of Tendonitis

Early treatment intervention of tendonitis will help prevent the development of further damage to the tendon. The first rule of thumb is to stop all activity that causes the pain. *Rest *Get treatment – visit a massage therapist or sports injury professional *Apply ice to reduce inflammation *See your doctor for other treatment options

Massage Treatment for Tendonitis

Why massage? Recent studies have found that deep friction massage may actually stimulate the collagen production in damaged tendon fibers, and this in turn, can promote a more speedy recovery (Med Sci Sport Exercise. 31:531-535, 1999).

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