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Tendonitis in New Jersey

Tendonitis is an inflammatory condition that causes pain and reduced range of motion. With offices in Totowa and Lafayette Township, Performance Rehabilitation offers tendonitis treatments that help alleviate symptoms for residents in New Jersey.

What is Tendonitis?

Tendonitis is the term used to describe irritation or inflammation of a tendon, a thick, elastic cord that connects muscles to bones.

What Causes Tendonitis?

Tendonitis is usually from repetitive but minor strain on a part of the body. However, it may also be caused by a more sudden and serious injury.

Tendonitis can be caused by several activities, such as:

  • Painting
  • Raking
  • Digging or shoveling
  • Housekeeping
  • Gardening
  • Carpentry
  • Golfing
  • Pitching or throwing
  • Tennis
  • Scrubbing
  • Skiing

Poor posture at home or work or using bad stretching habits prior to physical activity also increase the risk of developing tendonitis. Other risk factors for tendonitis are:

  • Dislocated or abnormal bones or joints, such as legs of differing lengths
  • Arthritis which changes joint position and strains soft tissue supporting the joint
  • Strain from other disorders, such as gout, psoriatic or rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid diseases
  • Negative reactions to medications
  • Overusing tendons or overworking them too soon when they’re not acclimated to certain motions or tasks. Tendonitis is often seen in “weekend warriors” who only exercise or play hard during weekends.
  • In some cases, infections may result in tendonitis, particularly those caused by animal bites on the finger or hand.

Most of the “tendonitis” that we treat is really tendinosis as rarely is the tendon red and inflamed. The muscle tissue within the tendon undergoes changes that make it weak and susceptible to injury. Recovery from tendinosis is often a lengthy process as it requires the individual to commit to re-training of the muscle and this requires at least 8 weeks for histological changes to occur and improve the quality and strength of tissue.

Who Gets Tendonitis?

Anyone can experience tendonitis, but it’s more often seen in adults, particularly those of the age 40 and older. As tendons get older, they lose elasticity, vascularity decreases, fatty infiltrate occurs and are less able to withstand the strain. This increases one’s risk of tendon strain and tear.

Where Does Tendonitis Occur?

Tendonitis can develop in virtually any part of the body where tendons are present. The most common locations for the condition are:

  • Elbows
  • Bases of the thumbs
  • Hips
  • Shoulders
  • Achilles tendons
  • Knees

What are the Symptoms of Tendonitis?

Symptoms of tendonitis are:

  • Pain in the tendon location or nearby area. Pain may be sudden and severe or increase gradually, especially if there are calcium deposits.
  • Losing motion in the shoulder, also known as frozen shoulder or adhesive capsulitis.

How Can You Avoid Tendonitis?

To prevent tendonitis, consider these tips when engaging in activities:

  • Start slowly at first and increase your activity gradually.
  • If you notice unusual pain, stop and do something else. Come back to it later, and if the pain returns, avoid the activity for the remainder of the day.
  • Develop strong spinal core musculature
  • Improve your posture.
  • Change positions when working. For example when raking, change from the right to left side of your body so as to not over stress one side (usually the dominant side).

How is Tendonitis Treated at the Performance Rehabilitation?

Your Performance Rehabilitation physical therapist can help you avoid recurrences of tendonitis by teaching you to use your joints and muscles in a safer, more efficient way. For instance, patients with tendonitis of the rotator cuff can learn how to move their shoulder in ways that limit cuff impingement. Our therapists will provide a comprehensive assessment of your posture, joint, muscle, and nerve mobility. Identifying what is causing the tendonitis/tendinosis and treating it appropriately allows the patient to eliminate pain and restore function. Prescriptive home exercises are an integral component to recovery. Learning how to move properly and inhibit over activation of muscle groups that can lead to tendonitis and improve neuromuscular control of the proper muscle sequencing for normal movement is paramount to recovery and utilized by our therapists at Performance Rehabilitation., our physical therapists will customize a plan of treatment for you by evaluating not only your current situation but also your general goals and needs to determine the therapy program that best suits you.

Injury and strain to the tendons that connect your bones and muscles can greatly reduce your movement. The physical therapists of Performance Rehabilitation, with offices in Totowa and Lafayette Township in New Jersey, offer treatments for tendonitis. To find out about our services, contact us today to schedule a personal consultation.