Tendonitis is an injury that occurs with overuse when a tendon (the thick cord that attaches the bone to the muscle) becomes inflamed or irritated due to an impact or injury. The damage occurs when the body is unable to rebuild the tendon with ample rest. Today we’re discussing some of the most common treatment options for tendonitis in Louisiana.
Because tendonitis is most often caused by recurring stress – commonly from a sports injury or work stress – rest is the most important factor. However, the following seven treatment options have proven successful prior to considering surgery.
1. Physical Therapy: Physical therapy can help expand the range-of-motion and reduce pain and inflammation affecting the tendon. Closely monitored physical therapy exercises can also strengthen the attaching muscle to provide better protection against greater tendon damage, as well as decrease the chance of it reoccurring. Stretching and strengthening exercises in the muscles around the affected area have been known to help relieve the symptoms of tendonitis in Louisiana. Physical therapy is a popular course of treatment because of how effective and preventative it can be.
2. Cortisone Injections: If the symptoms of tendonitis are persistent, an injection of cortisone may be considered. Cortisone is a powerful anti-inflammatory medication, that’s injected directly to the site of inflammation instead of as oral medication. This can be extremely helpful for situations that are not improved with rest or other treatments. Because cortisone shots offer immediate, short-term relief, a lot of people go back to their regular activities, including what caused the tendonitis in the first place. Doing so often results in recurrence of the tendon issues and the potential to increase the chance of chronic problems. If you get cortisone shots for tendonitis, be sure to finish the suggested resting period by your doctor.
3. Anti-Inflammatory Medications: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (or NSAIDs) are often prescribed by an orthopedic specialist as a type of over the counter pain relief for reducing tendon pain, swelling and inflammation. These medications can be administered taken as a pill or as a cream. Some people prefer using anti-inflammatory creams because of the immediate, soothing feeling when the cream is rubbed directly on the affected area. These medications should not be taken for long periods of time, and you should check with your Louisiana orthopedic specialist before taking them if you have any current medical issues.
4. Electrotherapy: Electrotherapy is used to reduce inflammation, decrease pain, promote tissue repair and increase blood circulation, and eventually, range-of-motion in the joint. Nerve fibers are stimulated by the small electrical impulses from the electrotherapy machine. It decreases the pain because endorphins are released when the machine sends the electrical impulses. Electrotherapy can be used to treat both acute and chronic tendonitis in Louisiana, but usually early on when the tendonitis isn’t severe, and in combination with other treatments like physiotherapy, heating and icing.
5. Braces and Splints: Protecting the affected tendon will also provide quite a bit of relief and give it time to heal. And a wrist splint or knee brace can provide protection when performing activities or sports that demand effort from the joints in the affected area. Braces and splints are a common treatment for tendonitis, especially if it isn’t severe. Often just mobilizing the affected area can completely eliminate pain and inflammation.
6. Ultrasound: Ultrasound technology is often utilized by physical therapists in order to increase joint circulation. The ultrasound machine sends sound waves and produce heat towards the affected joint to reduce pain, loosen tight muscles, and speed healing. They’re also extremely effective in reducing inflammation. Oftentimes you will feel immediate relief from an ultrasound session, which typically last for around 5 minutes. Ultrasound treatments are commonly used in the sports industry to treat a wide range of muscle and tendon issues, including tendonitis.
7. Ice and Heat: A simple but important and fairly beneficial treatment for tendonitis in Louisiana is applying ice and heat. Alternating ice packs and heat packs to an injured joint will lesson inflammation, increase circulation and loosen tightness. Ice can help numb the area and heat can provide general warm relief. It can be very soothing to employ this treatment method, and is often effective in the early stages of tendonitis before it gets too severe.
If you feel that you may be suffering from the symptoms of tendonitis in Louisiana – don’t hesitate – call our office today to schedule a consultation and let’s discuss your options for getting pain-free!