Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy for Tendinitis
Updated: Jan 30
Tendonitis/Tendinitis is defined by inflammation or irritation of a tendon. Our tendons connect our muscles to our bones. Symptoms of the condition may include pain and tenderness outside the joint that increases with movement. Tendinitis can occur through overuse or repetitive stress placed on the tendon. A tendon is used when a muscle is activated. Tendons insert within joints. Therefore, a tendon may become compressed or impinged within the joint if the structure of the joint is compromised or with repetitive joint movements. Tendons can wear down over time as well, making them more susceptible to injury. Tendinitis can occur to any tendon throughout the body however, some most common areas include:
Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
Medial epicondylitis (golfer's elbow)
Rotator cuff tendinitis (most commonly-supraspinatus)
De Quervain's Tenosynovitis
Flexor tendons through the carpal tunnel
Physical and Occupational Therapy can help to treat your current condition, help you return to full function and safe activities, as well as prevent further issues from occurring in the future.
Treatment begins by guiding you through what positions and activities to avoid that may be contributing to your overuse injury. Interventions for tendinitis will include; modalities and manual therapy to help decrease inflammation, stimulate healing, and release tension in the surrounding soft tissue. We will then guide you through safe stretches, exercises, and activities that can help you recover quickly. We will also guide you through stretches, exercises, and activities that can be helpful to prevent a recurrence in the future, as well as, educate you on those that should be avoided.
Our goals are:
💪 to help you restore your pain-free movements
💪 get you back to full function with no restrictions
💪 provide you with essential tools in order for you to continue to be active on a daily basis
💪 prevent a recurrence and further issues in the future.