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Tendonitis/ Tenosynovitis

Tendonitis - inflammation of tendon ( can be Achilles tendon, patellar tendon, elbow tendon, wrist tendon, shoulder tendons aka the rotator cuff), 
Tenosynovitis - inflammation of the gliding surface of the tendon and the surrounding sheath; Sheathed tendons are usually found in the wrist and ankles where tendons pass close to the bone.
Calcific tendonitis - calcium deposits in tendon usually from chronic inflammation

Signs/Symptoms- persistent pain, referred pain, pain decreases after warming up, pain increases after use, muscle weakness may occur, common with strains and sprains heat, swelling, stiffness usually in musclo-tendinous junction because of weakness and limited blood supply there
Causes: over use of tendon/muscle,  tendon/muscle is not strong enough to do the requested movements, misalignment of posture causing more wear and tear on specific areas

Treatment Guidelines:  

  • decrease pain and swelling break up adhesions
  • triggerpoint injured area and surrounding areas 
  • realign and balance posture  
  • deep tissue work to muscles of the tendons to relieve pressure  
  • ice massage or vascular flush (alternating hot and cold, ending in cold)  
  • light stretching
  • exercise to strengthen
    Common types: Achilles tendonitis, patellar tendonitis, rotator cuff tendonitis, infraspinatus tendonitis, tennis elbow, shin splints, repetitive stress syndromes (RSI)

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