Tendon irritation

What is a tendon?

A tendon is a connection between a muscle and a bone that acts a rope to pull a joint into motion. A tendon has poor blood circulation and has more difficulty healing than a muscle. Taking rest helps and then slowly rebuilding the load on that joint is key. In order to recover as quickly and well as possible, it is important to find out the cause of the tendon complaints.

What are the symptoms of tendon irritation on the upper body?

What are the symptoms of tendon irritation on the lower body?

  • Hamstrings (back thigh, sometimes just below the buttock)
  • Hip
  • Buttock
  • Groin pain
  • Knee (Runners knee)
  • Tibia/MTSS (Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome)
  • Heel bone / heel (heel spur)
  • Achilles tendon

What are the causes of tendon irritation?

  • Incorrect position of the foot: flat feet, increased pronation
  • Restriction of movement of the spine, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees, ankle and feet
  • Poor posture pattern/movement pattern
  • Improper training/sporting
  • Weak muscles or shortened muscles
  • Instability of the spine/pelvis, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees, ankle and feet
  • Overweight

Chiropractic and a tendon irritation/tendonitis

The initial phase of treatment is aimed at reducing the load on the tendon, getting the pain symptoms under control and protecting the area from further trauma. Our chiropractors work with the kinematic chain thus if you are suffering with ‘tennis elbow’, our chiropractors will also be assessing your wrist, shoulder, neck and upper back for dysfunction. After that, the chiropractor will gradually introduce exercises to make the tendon stronger. It is important to tackle the tendon complaints quickly, because these types of complaints can lead to chronic instability, tendon tears or a frozen shoulder. The recovery then takes a lot longer.

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