How Tendonitis Occurs?

Tendonitis refers to an inflammation of a tendon, usually the tendon sheath that connects muscles to bones in the body. Because tendonitis usually affects the small muscles of the arm, patients may have difficulty performing basic activities such as gripping a pencil or writing. The most common triggers of tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow are elbow extension and flexion, increasing through overhead extension and rotation, and sudden, sharp forearm movements. Other common ones are patellar tendonitis and achilles tendonitis.

Tendonitis can result from repetitive movements (such as picking up a tennis racket), from repetitive exercise movements, or from the trauma or stress placed on the arm while using a sporting instrument, such as a golf club. Since tendonitis frequently occurs between muscle groups, tendonitis treatment with physiotherapy is designed to improve general flexibility and muscle strength. As well, special exercises are recommended to prevent tendonitis from reoccurring.

What are the symptoms?

The majority of patients with tendonitis do not experience any significant pain until overuse causes severe pain that is persistent. Usually, swelling, tautness, pain and a loss in strength and flexibility are common symptoms of tendonitis.

Tendonitis Treatment

Tendonitis treatment generally includes a combination of resting the affected area, reducing strain to the surrounding muscles, using anti-inflammatories, icing and cooling. In acute cases of tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow, physiotherapy is recommended.

Our physiotherapists will treat tendonitis by reducing the inflammation, provide some exercises to improve the range of motion and use some modalities such as manual therapy, icing and/or ultrasound.

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How Long It Takes To Recover From Tendonitis?

It really depends on the injury (golfers elbow, patellar tendonitis or achilles tendonitis). The individual but generally speaking, it takes between two to four weeks. If it’s chronic, it can take a lot longer. There may be restriction of motion of the joint due to scarring or narrowing of the sheath of tissue that surrounds the tendon.

Tendonitis – Physiotherapy Appointment

If you want to book an appointment to start your recovery process, please contact our physiotherapy clinic in Burlington. We will book your initial visit with one of our knowledgeable physiotherapists.

As an integrated care clinic, we may suggest you different modalities to help with a faster recovery. An example of such modality can be acupuncture.

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