You’ve probably heard of jumper’s knee, tennis elbow, and swimmer’s shoulder. These are all forms of tendinitis, an injury to the joints that can be caused by sports activities. Tendinitis is caused by repetitive motions, like swinging a golf club, resulting in overuse of the joint. These types of activity place stress on the tendons in the joints, and overtime, tendinitis can occur. Tendinitis, in short, is inflammation of the tendons in a joint. This irritation can cause pain and render joints unusable if not addressed.
While inflammation is a naturally occurring immune response in the body, too much inflammation isn’t a good thing. Initially, when injured in a sport, the joint in question will become inflamed, which is the body’s natural healing response. When left untreated, the initial inflammation can result in further inflammation, and that’s when there is a problem.
When an athlete has tendinitis, the tendons that connect bones together (like in a joint) become inflamed. Some symptoms of tendinitis include aches of the joint where the tendons connect to the bone, pain when moving the joint, swelling, and tenderness to the touch. Where tendinitis is more severe, the tendon can rupture and may need surgery. However, it tis usually mild and completely treatable with the right care.
The most important step to reducing the risk of tendinitis is to ensure proper form during sports related activities. A good coach can help with this, but a chiropractor is just as important. Chiropractors like Dr. Owen are experts at joint movement, mobility, and flexibility. He will look at your form, and will assess posture. After checking for proper movement in the joints, Dr. Owen can then assess which therapy techniques and exercises to perform to ensure the joints are working properly. When the joints work properly, and an athlete has good form, the chances of getting tendinitis greatly decrease.
However, if you’re an athlete that already has tendinitis, we can give you different therapy treatments. The evaluation will be similar, but the therapy treatments will focus on relieving the symptoms of tendinitis first, and then work on proper form and movement will take place. The main priorities of our chiropractic care are to ensure the pain is managed, the injury healed, and that the injury does not occur again.
Health Back Chiropractic is the perfect solution to sports related injuries. Unlike most conventional doctors who likely will only prescribe pain medications, Dr. Owen will get to the root cause of the pain and work with patients to heal in a more natural way, ensuring you’re back at your game as fast and as healthy as possible.