Definition: Tendinitis

Tendinitis is defined as the inflammation of a tendon. There may be tenderness or pain, plus swelling which can restrict the movements available to the muscle that is attached to the tendon. Sometimes the skin around the tendon becomes red and feels hot to the touch.

Causes

Tendinitis can come about as the result of infection, irritation or an injury to the tendon. Frequently, tendinitis is the result of continual overuse and misuse of the tendon, which will be linked to general misuse of the body and the whole self. For this reason, tendinitis is often included under the umbrella term of Repetitive Strain Injury.

For instance, the Achilles tendon in the back of the heel is not very elastic and can be strained by wearing unsuitable shoes. Also, many people have an end gaining attitude towards exercise and keep pushing themselves so that they overuse or over-stretch the tendon, which results in it becoming inflamed - or even torn and ruptured.

Treatment

The medical treatment for most types of tendinitis usually focuses on reducing the symptoms and includes anti-inflammatory drugs or corticosteroid injections to the area around the tendon. A physiotherapist may suggest some exercises and use ultrasound for the condition.

Whilst such treatments may bring about temporary relief, if the underlying habits of misuse that are the predominant cause of tendinitis are not addressed, then the condition may well return. However, by learning and applying the Alexander Technique to everyday movements, one can maximize the possibility of avoiding a re occurrence.

Tendinitis in the Achilles may require a plaster cast to restrict movement in the ankle, whilst the tendon has a chance to heal. In extreme cases, where the tendon has ruptured, surgery may be required. After such severe problems, learning and using the Alexander Technique in order to walk around in a way that lets go of any limp and avoids re-straining the Achilles, would be a wise move.

 

For more information, you may read my article on Repetitive Strain Injury 

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