How to treat Tendinitis?
Tendinitis or tendonitis is a condition that presents when a tendon becomes inflamed or irritated. There are different steps to follow on how to treat tendinitis often recommended by doctors and physical therapists.
The tendon is a thick non-elastic cord that connects the muscle to the bone. It is made of fibrous collagen tissue. According to the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), too much stress on a joint can tear and inflame tendons. Overdoing a certain exercise can cause this condition to happen.
Most experts often recommend the R.I.C.E treatment for pain relief in a tendonitis. Of course there are other alternative treatments that I will make sure to mention on how to treat tendinitis.
R is for Rest and take it literally. Do not attempt to do any activities that involve strength from the affected joint. Rest is the base and essential part of healing the tissue. You can still perform other exercises and activities that don’t affect the injured tendon.
I is for Ice. Apart from reducing the swelling and reducing the muscle spasms, it decreases the pain by numbing the affected area. Apply ice for 20 minutes for a considerable amount of times each day. Cold packs often have the proper material to be safe on the skin. Another alternative to ice is Biofreeze, that acts faster and better than ice. Biofreeze uses the “Gate Control Theory of Pain”, in which it soothes the sensation of discomfort by blocking any pain “information” travelling to the brain.
C is for Compression. The swelling could cause a small or large loss of motion on the affected joint. It is best to compress it until the swelling has ceased. Special compression bandages and wraps are designed especially for this task.
E is for Elevation. If the tendonitis is affecting a knee, it is best to raise it above the level or your head t help reduce the swelling.
Other alternative treatments are TENS and EMS therapies. They both use a small (and safe) electric current to help relax the pain and accelerate the healing process. Other options are over-the-counter medications to help find relief. Ibuprofen and naproxen have shown to have better results in feeling better faster.
Please take notice that I am no specialist. Any of these recommendations on how to treat tendinitis should be consulted first with your healthcare provider.