Are you suffering pain in your muscles, close to a joint? It may be tendonitis and our highly skilled osteopaths at Enhance Osteopathy may be able to help!

Osteopathy for Tendonitis

What is tendonitis?

Tendonitis is inflammation of a tendon and usually occurs due to overuse. Tendons are bands of strong connective tissue that attach muscle to bone. The most common symptom of tendonitis is pain that is dull and aching, sharp and burning or radiating. Recovery from tendonitis is often lengthy. Your osteopath will work with you to determine the cause of your tendonitis and decide on a course of treatment.

Common area of tendonitis

Common areas of tendonitis include:

  • shoulder e.g. supraspinatus or biceps tendonitis
  • elbow e.g. tennis elbow or golfers elbow
  • wrist
  • knee
  • shin
  • heel e.g. achilles tendonitis

Symptoms of tendonitis

The symptoms of tendonitis can include:

  • pain
  • swelling
  • stiffness and restricted mobility at the affected joint
  • muscle weakness
  • warmth in the joint area.

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Osteopathy may help

Osteopathy for tendonitis may help by:

  • Identifying the cause such as poor sporting technique and postural imbalances.
  • Reducing muscular tension and increasing blood flow to the affected tendon via soft tissue massage and stretching.
  • Creating a management plan to improve healing time, reduce pain and ultimately a return to normal activity.

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

Why are tennis and golfers elbow so common?

Tennis and golfers elbow are so common that they are two of the few conditions that most people coming to the osteopath have heard of. We don't all play tennis or golf so why is that? The answer is anatomy.

Tennis elbow's official name is "lateral epicondylitis" and understanding the anatomy goes a long way to explaining why this condition is common. The lateral epicondyle is a line on your arm bone just above your elbow on the outside edge.

The reason it gets inflamed so often is because most of the muscles that extend your wrist backwards all attach here via a common tendon. Meaning no matter how you change your technique when do a repetitive task, like playing tennis, this common tendon is being used every time and can sustain damage due to micro trauma.

Golfers elbow is called "medial epicondylitis" and is exactly the same but on the inside of your arm. The muscles that all attach here, via a similar common tendon, are used every time you flex your elbow and wrist.

Don't put up with pain, call today for an osteopathic consultation to see how we can help!