Chiropractors located in Barrington, IL

Tendonitis describes the irritation of a tendon, which is connective tissue that attaches bone to muscle. If you have pain in areas such as your hip, elbow, or shoulder, it may be a result of this tendon inflammation. The doctors at ChiroFit help residents of Barrington, Illinois heal from this annoying, nagging condition. Make an appointment with ChiroFit by calling the office or using the online booking tool.

Tendonitis Q & A

Why do I have tendonitis?

Repetitive action is often the cause of tendonitis. Normal activities performed at work, at home, or during sports and workouts can be responsible. A few examples include:

  • Swinging a tennis racquet or golf club
  • Painting
  • Gardening, raking, and shoveling
  • Throwing and pitching a ball

If you have poor posture or fail to stretch on a regular basis, you’re more vulnerable to tendonitis, too.

Who is at risk of developing tendonitis?

People of any age can get tendonitis, but it often appears after you’ve reached 40. Older tendons are more sensitive to stressors.

An injury or any stress placed on a joint puts you at risk. So does poor posture and abnormalities of the bones or joints.

Where does tendonitis occur?

Tendonitis can appear at any joint. Some of the most common sites of tendonitis include:

  • Elbows
  • Shoulders
  • Achilles
  • Hips
  • Knees

What are the symptoms of tendonitis?

Tendonitis pain often builds up gradually. You may feel tender at the site of the affected tendon, and the surrounding area may feel inflamed or look swollen. Shoulder tendonitis can result in a loss of motion.On the other hand, sometimes tendonitis pain can come on suddenly.

How is tendonitis treated?

At-home therapies such as ice, rest, and over-the-counter anti-inflammatories may ease your symptoms. Chiropractic care and physical therapy address the root of the problem causing tendinitis to occur. At ChiroFit, the emphasis is on rehab and prevention of a recurrence -- not just on addressing the symptoms of your tendonitis.

The doctors at ChiroFit can help with muscle dysfunction and imbalance that may be contributing to your tendonitis. Dry needling therapy and other soft tissue interventions also relieve the inflammation in the surrounding muscles.

Corrective exercise therapy helps retrain your movement patterns, so you put less stress on the tendons. The doctors also rule out other potential causes for your pain.

How long does it take to overcome tendonitis?

Tendonitis can be a long-term issue. It may take several weeks or months to resolve. Healing requires regular treatment and commitment to at-home exercises and therapy.

You may experience immediate relief within a few weeks, but it takes time to retrain movement patterns to prevent tendonitis from becoming chronic or progressing to a tendon tear.