Tendinitis is the most misdiagnosed condition of the human body! What’s worse? What you’re trying to do to fix your tendinitis is actually making you worse!
Tendinitis (Yes, I am spelling it right. I’m not sure why the spelling of tendon gets changed when used in this context) is characterized as an INFLAMMATORY condition of a tendon. Rest, ice, and NSAIDS (anti-inflammatory medicine) are prescribed for treatment. Cortisone injections are also frequently used. Typically, tendinitis gets WORSE with activity. Most people suffering with true tendinitis recover within a few weeks.
Tendinosis is probably a term you haven’t heard before. Tendinosis is a DEGENERATIVE condition of the tendon which produces similar symptoms to tendinitis. Treatment of tendinosis includes manual therapy for degenerative tissue removal and eccentric exercise to strengthen and repair the damaged tendon. Symptoms will usually go AWAY with activity. While you may not have heard of tendinosis, tendinosis is FAR more common than its counterpart tendinitis!
I wish I could say that this is a new discovery, but we have known about tendinosis since the 1940’s! Most of the research shows that almost ALL tendinitis cases are actually degenerative – meaning its tendinosis!
Unfortunately, this also means that the drugs, ice, rest, and cortisone injections you have been using to get better is actually making you worse! You see rest, ice, and NSAIDS all aim to prevent inflammation and restricts blood flow to the painful area to heal you. This accelerates the degenerative process.
Since we know that “tendinitis” is degenerative, this leads to the worsening of the condition! This is why you have been struggling with your pain for longer than just a few weeks!
If you have been struggling to fix your “tendinitis” you need to get a better diagnosis. You deserve better answers. You deserve a better solution!
If you live in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City area, the experts at Thrive Spine and Sport are among the nation’s best in treating chronic muscle, nerve, and joint pain. If you are struggling with tendinitis and looking for an expert opinion on what can be done to get you better, call us today at 319-423-0925!
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