Seemingly out of nowhere, you have developed a pain. It may be in your arm, shoulder, wrist, fingers, heel, ankle, knee, groin, or a similar joint.
At first it was a distinct pain only occurring when you moved a certain way, like sweeping or bicycling. Overtime, it may have graduated to a chronic aching which accompanies the original acute pain.
It may be difficult to put a finger on the exact location of the pain. When you bend, lift, or twist a certain way the pain fires up or down the specific body part, seeming to come from everywhere at once.
You may only be able to determine the exact location once you physically press on the tissue around the joint while performing the motion.
When pressed, a super-intense, searing pain occurs. When the chronic pain also develops, the whole body part aches but it is still most severe in that same location.
Does this sound like you? Does that pain sound familiar? If so you are one of the thousands of people who suffer from one of the many forms of tendonitis or “tendinitis” as it is referred to in the medical community.
Perhaps you have been diagnosed by a doctor or another medical professional, but you either doubt the diagnosis or it was not fully explained.
Maybe you are trying to self diagnose your symptoms. Either way, you have found this article because you still have questions about your condition and you want to know more.
Chances are, you want to know how to stop the pain. Because knowledge empowers us to help our selves, consider this your crash course on your condition and treating tendonitis.
What Is Tendonitis?
If you remember the basics of grade school biology, you may remember the most common picture of human anatomy showing the bones of a skeleton covered in muscle tissue from head to toe.
The skeleton provides the support structure and leverage for all of our body’s motion. The muscles expand and contract to move the skeletal structure and create your every motion. Without these two essential body parts, you would just be a lump of flesh who can’t even chew food or breathe.
If you were to look closely at the anatomy graphic, you would see “cords”, similar to outstretched rubber bands, at the end of every muscle. The cords connect the muscle to the bone.
Like rubber bands or bungees, they stretch and flex with the muscle, pulling on the bone and creating fluid motion. These thick, flexible bands are your tendons.
Because the primary purpose of the tendon is to facilitate motion, the primary injury to a tendon results from motion. Sometimes there is an intense injury from a one-time motion like a fall or an accident, causing a sprain which will normally heal quickly.
Chances are you did not heal quickly, because you are not experiencing a sprain but instead have the classic symptoms of tendonitis.
The precise causes of tendonitis vary for each person, but all tendonitis cases are the result of a repetitive motion injury. This means the body part, specifically the joint, has repeatedly made a movement which over-strained the tendon.
It may be the movement was repeatedly done using too much force or resistance. It is more likely the motion was done in a manner that repeatedly pulled the tendon beyond its normal capability and range.
Each time the body moved in this manner, microscopic tears occurred in the tendons. At first, you may not have had tendonitis symptoms. As the repetitive motion continues, the tears get deeper and spread. Sooner or later, the pain shows up every time you make that motion.
It is not a surface pain, it radiates deep within your skin. However, it also feels different than a bone injury, such as a break, which would constantly throb throughout the bone. .
Because your tendon nerves predominately carry impulses from the core of your body, to your tendon, and then outward through your muscles toward your extremities, the pain also travels in this direction.
This is distinctive from most similar injuries which radiate out in all directions. There is no numbness or tingling sensations, which are common symptoms of similar injuries like nerve damage.
If the problem goes untreated, the tears will continue to spread. Eventually, similar motions will trigger pain as well. As the tendonitis develops, all movements may begin to hurt.
This is considered the chronic pain of tendonitis, but the sharp pain still happens when you repeat the original damaging motion.
Why Do You Have Tendonitis?
You now know a repetitive motion has caused your tendonitis, but you may be unsure what that means. Most people repeat motions every day of their lives without injury, so you may have difficulty determining the specific motion causing your problem.
It is very normal to suffer pain from a motion when your peers do not. This is because you have an increased susceptibility to the condition, either in the way you perform the motion, how much you strain your muscles, or your biological tendency toward weakened tendons.
Each person’s individual tendonitis causes are unique.
As the name implies, it frequently occurs during sports which require the tendons in the forearm to swing, lift, punch, or generally move in an unnatural way, such as swinging a golf club.
Pitcher’s shoulder, swimmer’s shoulder, and jumper’s knee are examples of similar forms of tendonitis in different parts of the body.
Not every tennis player or golfer will get tendonitis in the forearm, it occurs when the patient’s tendons are either too weak or are ill-prepared for the repetitive motion.
Furthermore, athletes are not the only people who can get tendonitis in the forearm. Non-athletes who perform similar repetitive movements like waxing floors, trimming weeds, or hammering nails can also get “tennis elbow” for the same reason.
The same goes for all other forms of tendonitis. You do not have to be an athlete to suffer from tendonitis. In fact, some forms of tendonitis, especially in the lower body, are the result of not being athletic or sporty.
For example, achilles tendonitis (tendonitis of the achilles tendon on the back of your heel), typically occurs because your tendons are out of shape due to inactivity and are not capable of healthily supporting your extra weight when you walk.
Don’t dismiss your symptoms in any tendon simply because the condition is nicknamed after a sport. Don’t look for a more complicated explanation when the simplest one is most correct.
If these symptoms sound like yours and you perform any type of repetitive motion with the affected joint, you need treatment for tendonitis.
Treating And Curing Tendonitis: Short And Long Term Relief
In this day and age we expect instant results. We do what we must to feel better as soon as possible. We commit fully to a tendonitis treatment plan and, if it is a quality treatment, the plan works. The pain goes away and you find relief.
Unfortunately, treating tendonitis is typically a reactive type of therapy. In other words, the pain occurs and you react to make the pain go away.
However, most treatment plans stop as soon as relief is found. All is well and good, until the repetitive motion begins to cause tears once more and the pain resurfaces. You must start your tendonitis treatments over to find relief once more.
There is something to be said for short-term relief. If tendonitis pain is interfering with you life, it is hard to think about anything else. You absolutely must find relief right away.
However, don’t stop once the pain goes away. Keep working to improve your tendons so you can find lasting relief from tendonitis.
This is when you must be reactive but you must also become proactive, you must act to prevent the recurrence of tendonitis. Essentially, you must cure your tendonitis to make sure it never comes back. The e-book Tennis Elbow Secrets Revealed can help you get both short and long term relief to your pain.
In the book, you will learn the details of using RICE (rest, ice, compression, and elevation) to quickly stop tendonitis pain.
You will learn how to use a tendonitis brace to amplify the benefits of both rest and compression. You will also learn safe alternatives to traditional anti-inflammatory medicines to help relieve your immediate pain, reduce swelling, and speed up healing.
Once you have stopped your immediate pain, Tennis Elbow Secrets Revealed will teach you the principles to avoiding a relapse. You learn to condition and tone your muscles and tendons, making them resistant to tears even when under great strain or when moving unnaturally.
The book’s techniques are especially useful because they do not require expensive gym equipment and deliver gym-quality results using common household items. The book will also teach you how to nourish your tendons from the inside out, to support your strength and flexibility training.
Tendonitis in the forearm (tennis elbow) is the most common form of tendonitis. Therefore the book’s primary focus is on this part of your body. However, all tendons behave the same. They move the same, strengthen the same, flex the same, tear the same, and heal the same.
If you suffer from another form of tendonitis, learning the training and treatment fundamentals in this book will help you develop similarly effective strategies for your ailing tendon, no matter where it is located. Remember, knowledge is power and now you have the knowledge to cure your pain.