Tendonitis is inflammation of a tendon. Common tendons in the body that can become inflamed and cause pain are in the shoulder, hip, wrist and ankle. Tendonitis is a tricky condition to manage, but Osteopaths have treatment and management strategies to reduce the pain associated with inflammation, muscle spasm, joint irritation and nerve compression.
Gluteus Medius Tendonitis
Hip tendon inflammation, commonly felt behind the hip bone in the upper and outside thigh area and possibly referring into the low back/pelvis region or down the side of the leg. May be diagnosed as bursitis, which is the little shock absorbing sac underneath the tendoin just before it attaches to the hip bone.
Shoulder tendon inflammation that restricts movement of the shoulder, causes pain often at the point of the shoulder with movement and referred pain across the top of the shoulder and sometimes down the arm to the elbow. The supraspinatus muscle is an important part of the rotator cuff, so management of this type of tendonitis is esential to restoring normal shoulder function. Supraspinatus tendonitis is possibly the most common type of tendonitis. See our blog for more information on this condition.
Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)
Wrist tendonitis occurs from repetitive work or trauma to the outstretched arm and hand with the wrist in the extended position. A very difficult tendonitis to manage, Osteopaths treat the underlying causes of inflammation, reduce strain caused from other structures in the arm and advise on natural anti-inflammatory measures.
Achilles tendonitis is common amongst active 40 plus year olds, who may not have stretched the calf before exercise or who may have had a history of muscle tears or other injury to the calf. Previous fractured ankles or repetitive ankle sprains may also contribute to pain in the back of the ankle, sometimes just to the outside and referring into the calf. Walking and other upright activities become very difficult and care must be taken to rehabilitate properly.
Early detection of any of the above symptoms and prompt appointment with one of our Osteopaths will put you on the road to recovery quicker and give you effective management strategies to limit future injury.