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Tendonitis is a condition that occurs when the tendons, which are the strong bands of tissue that connect muscles to bones, become inflamed. This can cause pain, stiffness, and difficulty moving the affected joint. Tendonitis can affect any tendon in the body, but it is most commonly seen in the shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees, and heels.

Tendonitis is often caused by overuse or repetitive strain on the tendons. This can happen when an individual engages in activities that put a lot of stress on a specific tendon, such as throwing a ball or typing on a keyboard. It can also occur due to a sudden injury, such as a fall or a blow to the body. Symptoms of tendonitis may include pain, stiffness, and tenderness in the affected area.

The joint may also feel weak and may be difficult to move. In some cases, swelling and redness may also be present. Treatment for tendonitis typically involves a combination of approaches, including rest, ice, and physical therapy. Resting the affected joint can help to reduce inflammation and allow the tendon to heal. In severe cases of tendonitis, surgery may be necessary to repair the damaged tendon. This is typically done through a small incision, and the tendon is then reattached to the bone.

It is important to seek medical attention if you are experiencing symptoms of tendonitis, as prompt treatment can help to prevent the condition from worsening and can speed up the healing process. Your healthcare provider can recommend the best course of treatment for your specific needs.

How can a physiotherapist treat Tendonitis?

A physiotherapist can assess an individuals tendonitis and develop a personalized treatment plan to address the condition. This may include a combination of techniques such as:

Soft Tissue Massage
This type of massage helps to reduce pain and swelling within the affected area.

Acupuncture can effectively treat tendonitis by reducing pain and inflammation, stimulating the body's healing processes, and improving blood flow.

Joint Mobilization
This type of treatment aims to improve the overall range of motion, a critical step to recovery.

Strength & Stretching Exercises
This type of exercise can overcome tendonitis by improving muscle strength and flexibility.

On proper body mechanics and the use of assistive devices, such as braces or crutches, can reduce the risk of further injury and aggravation.

Massage therapy is also an effective treatment for tendonitis, particularly when paired with physiotherapy. It can help reduce pain and inflammation by promoting blood circulation and relaxing tight muscles around the affected tendon. Massage therapy can also enhance the benefits of physiotherapy by improving flexibility and range of motion, which are crucial for a successful recovery.

‍ Acupuncture can further aid in the treatment of tendonitis by targeting specific points to reduce pain and inflammation. This technique can stimulate the body's natural healing processes, improve blood flow, and release endorphins, providing relief from tendonitis symptoms. When combined with physiotherapy and massage therapy, acupuncture can offer a comprehensive approach to managing and alleviating tendonitis.

‍ The frequency and duration of physiotherapy for tendonitis will vary depending on the individuals specific symptoms and goals. The physiotherapist will work closely with the individual to progress their treatment at a safe and appropriate pace. The ultimate goal of physiotherapy for tendonitis is to help the individual improve their symptoms and return to their normal activities as quickly and safely as possible.

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