If you are an active person or someone who is tied to their PC daily, at some point you are likely to suffer from a common condition called tendonitis.
This article provides an insight to all the different areas in which tendonitis can occur. A breakthrough treatment called PainShield is now available to reduce your pain and support the stages of your recovery.
What is Tendonitis?
Tendons are the strong tissues that attach muscles to your bones. You can see what they look like on the back of your hand by extending your fingers . Tendonitis is an injury and swelling of one or more tendons causing pain and restricted movement. The overuse or repetition of a certain movement over a period of time causes the affected tendon to become inflamed. It is a chronic (long-term) pain and can sometimes be called tendinopathy. Tendinopathy is a general term that means injury to the tendon without specifying what the damage is.
Tendonitis is more common in middle-aged people who play a lot of sport or perform repetitive movements. Rheumatoid arthritis can increase the risk of suffering from tendonitis. In some cases there is no obvious cause and this is called idiopathic.
What is a Tendon:
Some tendons are covered by a tendon sheath called synovium, this contains synovial fluid which allows them to glide easily. Tenosynovitis is inflammation of the fluid-filled sheath that surrounds a tendon, leading to joint pain, swelling, and stiffness.
Symptoms of tendonitis include:
- Feeling a lump in the tendon area.
- Grating or cracking when you move the tendon, called crepitus.
- Pain in the affected tendon that gets worse when you move.
- Restriction of movement within the affected area.
- Swelling, heat and redness around the site.
Conditions related to Tendonitis & Causes
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome:
A condition that causes pain, tingling and numbness in the hand. It has been found to be more common in women as they have a smaller carpal tunnel.
- Occupational factors, repetitive motions: sewers, knitters, bakers, typing and cashiers, Or any wrist movements that you do over and over.
- Conditions like hypothyroidism, obesity, rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes.
An inflammation of the fluid filled sacs that cushion the joints.
- Repetitive movement.
- Excessive pressure on the joints.
- Arthritis and gout.
- Immune deficiencies including HIV and diabetes.
- Rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma & systemic lupus erythematosus.
- Certain medications.
A painful condition of the tendons caused by overuse of the elbow. This pain can be classed as 2 things:
Tennis Elbow: causes pain on the outside of your elbow.
- playing tennis, badminton or squash.
- any throwing sports like the javelin or discus.
- using shears whilst gardening.
- decorating the house.
- using your elbow continuously in the same movement such as a plumber or bricklayer.
- activities that involve fine, repetitive hand and wrist movements.
- other activities that involve repeatedly bending the elbow.
Golfers Elbow: causes pain on the inside of your elbow.
- Throwing movements, like archery, baseball, football, javelin and softball.
- Weight training.
An injury to the patellar tendon. (Jumpers Knee)
- Rapid increase in amount of training & intensity.
- Playing/training on rigid surfaces like concrete.
- Poor foot posture, knee or hip control.
A tear of the Achilles tendon, a cord that connects the calf muscles to the heel bone causing heel pain. Older people and people having bone spurs are at increased risk.
- Suddenly increasing the intensity of exercise without a proper warm up.
- Playing sports that require swift or rapid movements.
- Wearing high heels for long periods of time.
- Running on uneven surfaces & wearing the wrong shoes.
Inflammation of one or more joints and is more common in people over 40 years of age.
- Wear and tear of cartilage.
The most common form of tendonitis is the rotator cuff, this is also called impingement syndrome.
- Keeping your arm in the same position for long periods.
- Sleeping on the same arm every night.
- Playing sports requiring the arm to be moved overhead repeatedly like tennis.
You can treat a mild tendon injury at home, and it should improve in two to three weeks. More serious injuries can take a few months.
Advise would be:
- Support the affected area with a bandage or similar support.
- Rest & elevate the injured area on a cushion or a pillow when you are sitting or lying down.
- Take painkillers such as anti-inflammatory tablets, topical creams or gels.
PainShield – A New Treatment available for Tendonitis
For those of you who suffer from recurring flareups of tendonitis there is finally a long-term solution called PainShield. It effectively reduces your pain and will also encourage the tendon to heal and recover. Once you can move your injured area without pain, you should move it as often as possible so that it doesn’t become stiff.
Use the PainShield device whenever you feel your tendon is beginning to aggravate again and you can keep it in your medicine cabinet for any other problems you may have, as it has many indications.
About the PainShield Device:
PainShield is an ultrasound device, which consists of a driver and disposable actuators which are held in position by an adhesive patch. The ultrasound effect is used to treat pain and encourage soft tissue healing of the affected area. The device is very safe using a technology that has been around for many years. There have been no adverse effects recorded.
PainShield is a simple, wearable device which allows the delivery of ultrasound treatment for up to 6.5 hours. We believe that it is the smallest and most portable therapeutic ultrasound device on the market.
Please refer to our product information page to see if you are suitable to use the PainShield Device. We would suggest that you contact a medical professional prior to its use. If you have any further questions or wish to order please contact our customer service team: