Tendonitis

Tendonitis is the inflammation or irritation of tendons.  Signs and symptoms include pain, swelling, and redness around the affected area.  Any part of the body can develop tendinitis but the main occurrences are in the heels, elbows, shoulders, and wrists.

There are a various types of tendinitis but the most common include:

Achilles Tendonitis – This form of tendonitis is the inflammation, swelling, or irritation of the tendon in the back of the ankle.  Causes can range from repeated running or jumping to overpronation.  Even poorly fitting shoes can be a contributing factor.

Tendinitis of the Shoulder (Rotator Cuff Tendonitis) – Shoulder tendinitis occurs in the rotator cuff.  This is common among athletes who swing their arms overhead or for those who continuously extend their arms overhead.   The overuse of the rotator cuff results in the tendon becoming inflamed, swollen, and tender.

Tennis Elbow (lateral epicondylitis) – A very common condition in tennis players and other racquet sports where inflammation, swelling, and soreness occur on the outside of the elbow caused by continuous use of the muscles in the arm and forearm.

Golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis) – Similar to tennis elbow only the pain occurs on the inside elbow.

Jumpers Knee (Patellar tendonitis) – Patellar tendinitis is an injury to the tendon that attaches the kneecap to the top of the shin bone.  This injury is associated with those that do a lot of jumping, running, and kicking.

De Quervain’s tendonitis – This type of injury occurs when the tendons around the base of the thumb become irritated or swollen.

If you’ve suffered from tendinitis then chances are you’ve been given a list of preventative treatments but for the purposes of this website we will be focusing on resistance band exercises.

In many cases physical therapy helps accelerate the healing process by improving the affected areas of tendonitis through strength training with resistance bands.  We have provided a list of routines that will help in your recovery.  Always use proper techniques when conducting these exercises.

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