Tendonitis is inflammation of the tendon usually due to resulting microtrauma that occurs with vigorous activity, repetitive motions and age. Tendons are fibrous bands that attach muscles to the bones allowing the muscles to move the bones or joints. It most commonly occurs with the Achilles tendon, knee, elbow, hamstring and shoulder muscles (rotator cuff).
The initial inflammation is a normal response to attempt to heal the micro-damage occurring to the tissue. If it becomes self-perpetuating because the repetitive activity continues, it can overwhelm the body’s ability to repair the tissue. This will create a chronic condition and local degeneration may occur exposing the individual to a greater injury. Also, if the individual receives no therapeutic assistance, an acute condition can become chronic.
We approach tendonitis with the following protocols: