What Is Tendinitis?

Tendinitis is a very painful condition that refers to swelling and inflammation in a tendon. It’s usually the result of an injury that happens when the body is put under excess physical stress. Tendinitis generally happens when someone does a repetitive stressful action such as jumping or climbing. The increased intensity when exercising or beginning a new physical activity can trigger tendinitis.

Patellar Tendonitis

Treatment For Tendinitis

Using ice or some form of pain relieving medicine is recommended. For more serious cases however, a physician may suggest a stronger anti-inflammatory medication, physical therapy or even corticosteroid injections. These injections can provide direct pain relief – and in some cases, only an injection is required to relieve the symptoms. In rare cases of extreme bursitis, surgery may be an option. If tendinitis doesn’t heal within 2-3 days it could be chronic and form tendinosis. This is the chronic condition where areas that haven’t healed have degenerated collagen. This results in a tendon that is weak and prone to rupture. When tendons get little tears in them, this triggers inflammation, swelling and pain. This is associated with tendinitis and tendinosis. Tendons have slow collagen turnover and this is needed for their repair. Taking the right nutrients can support the healing process and therefore speed up the process of Type 2 collagen in these areas. Preventing Bursitis is possible with an ice pack against the affected area. Taking medications for inflammation and pain, along with plenty of rest can help the healing process.  

Preventative Measures For Tendinitis

For tendinitis, stretching your joints properly before exercise can maximise the range of motion and minimise any repetitive trauma or tightness in the tissues. It’s wise to avoid any activities that place excessive stress on your tendons. If you’re experiencing pain, stop and rest. Mixing up your exercise routine with lower impact activities such as biking or swimming can all reduce your chances of tendinitis. Taking Vitamin C can increase collagen production and the tendon’s capacity to heal. This is best obtained through vitamins and supplements. Vitamin C can help to produce and synthesise large amounts of collagen that are required to heal the tendons. Vitamin E can also increase fibroblast activity and connective tissue cells, healing and synthesising collagen. When swelling and pain near the joint continues, it’s recommended to see your doctor. Especially if the symptoms of tendinitis are still severe and do not go away after 2 or 3 weeks.