Tendons are bands of strong connective tissue that attach muscle to bone. Tendonitis is inflammation of a tendon as a result of repetitive straining of the tendon until micro tears form. Other causes include poor sporting technique, lifting weights without warming up properly, intensive sports schedule with inadequate rest/recovery,

Symptoms include pain and swelling, stiffness of the affected joint, muscular weakness and sometimes warmth in the joint area. Most cases usually resolve spontaneously in one to two weeks. However, if there is no improvement or the joint has not been properly checked and rehabilitated, the recovery can be lengthy.

Common areas of tendonitis include:

Osteopaths may help your tendonitis by:

  • identifying the cause such as poor sporting technique or posture.
  • working on the muscles and structures around the joint to increase blood flow to it.
  • providing advice on management of causes and decreasing inflammation e.g. applying ice, rest and starting a mobility programme

We may also refer you to a GP for any additional medications or treatment.

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