conditions we treat

tendinitis

Tendinitis is a condition where a tendon becomes inflamed from overuse or excess stress on the tissue.

When this is treated early, recovery is often a short and uncomplicated process. Tendinitis can occur throughout the body.

Types of tendinitis include:

  • Biceps tendinitis
  • Hamstring tendinitis
  • Gluteal tendinitis
  • Rotator cuff tendinitis
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Quadriceps tendinitis
  • Patellar tendinitis (jumper’s knee)
  • Medial epicondylitis (golfer’s elbow)
  • Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow)

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What is tendinitis and how is it treated?

Tendinitis is a condition where a tendon becomes inflamed from overuse or excess stress on the tissue.

When treated early with rest and therapy, recovery is often a short and uncomplicated process. This treatment usually involves ice and pain-free stretching.

If tendinitis is not addressed early, it can turn into a different condition known as tendinopathy or tendinosis, during which collagen or scar tissue build up at the cellular level. Tendinopathies tend to take weeks or months to develop and take much longer to treat to full resolution. 

At Premier Sports & Spine, we specialize in treating cases of tendinitis and tendinosis without the athlete having to take any time off from their sport. We use several forms of sports massage techniques to aid in recovery and maintain or improve  range of motion.

If you’ve had pain in tendons for more than a week or two, it is important to get the injury evaluated and treated quickly to prevent the problem from becoming chronic. 

Tendinitis is not usually a long-term condition if patients follow the physician’s treatment plan. However, it can become chronic when not addressed properly.

What is patellar tendinitis?

Commonly known as “jumper’s knee,” patellar tendinitis is an overuse injury that causes pain ranging from mild to severe and tenderness just below the patella. Anterior knee pain can be sharp when climbing stairs, jumping or squatting. It can also be dull and achy when sitting.

Signs and symptoms of patellar tendonitis include:

  • Anterior knee pain just below the patella
  • Pain made worse with jumping, running, climbing stairs, weight bearing activities
  • Gradual onset of pain
  • Stiffness in the tendon in the morning

A person may even notice weakness in the knee when putting stress on this part of the body. Jumper’s knee can gradually progress and become debilitating, so it is important to see a sports chiropractor if you have ongoing knee pain. Left untreated, it can become a tendinopathy causing chronic pain.

Patellar tendinitis can be caused from many different issues, such as:

  • Muscle imbalances between the quadriceps, hamstrings, and gluteal muscles
  • Poor flexibility
  • Repetitive movements in physical activity.
  • Poor biomechanics which can include the feet, knees, and hips
  • Rapid increases in training and intensity

Patellar tendinitis is traditionally seen in people in their teens, 20s and 30s who perform repetitive jumping movements in sports like basketball, volleyball, soccer, track, and field. 

If you are looking for relief from knee pain caused by patellar tendinitis, contact Premier Sports & Spine today.

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