Coming from a family where sports is a part of life, I was well aware of injuries. In my family ‘Football’ is big. My dad, Sister, husband and I have all at one point played for a club. I was in Australia, studying for my Remedial 101 practical class. We were studying about the structure of the knee. Study suggest that knee related concerns or injuries are way higher than any other joint in the body. In this class, we had to palpate the knee structure and conduct some test.
There is this one test where you press on the knee cap and check its flexibility. The minute I had under gone that test I jumped in pain. When looked into I had tendonitis of the knee. I had a knee dislocation at the age of 15 and never ever paid much attention to rehab given my age and hence my Right knee was bound for trouble.
Tendons connect muscle to bone. Ligaments connect bone to bone. Tendons are present in every joint. The common problems people face with tendonitis is either in their knees or ankles, or in the shoulder and elbow.
What is Tendonitis?
Tendonitis is inflammation of a tendon, most commonly from overuse of the joint, but it can also be due to infection or rheumatic disease.
Symptoms of a Tendonitis
Tendon injuries can affect many different parts of the body. Commonly affected areas include the shoulders, elbows, wrists, knees, fingers and backs of the heels. Symptoms of a tendon injury can include:
- Pain that gets worse when you move the affected area
- Stiffness in the affected area, which may be worse in the morning
- Weakness in the affected area or being unable to move a joint
- A sensation that the tendon is grating or crackling as it moves
- Swelling, sometimes with heat or redness
- A lump on the affected tendon
If your tendon ruptures, you will usually experience sudden and severe pain, which may eventually settle into a continuous, dull ache or no pain at all. Movement in the affected area may also become more difficult or even impossible. If you think you have injured a tendon, stop doing the exercise or activity that caused your symptoms and rest the affected area initially. As your symptoms start to improve, you can gradually return to your normal activities. In the meantime, taking paracetamol or ibuprofen and applying an ice pack (or bag of frozen vegetables wrapped in a towel) to the affected area may help relieve your pain. Ice is better if its diagnosed as Tendonitis. Because in tendonitis there is alot of pain and swelling and Ice will take the swelling or inflammation away.
For more persistent injuries, your GP may be able to refer you for treatments such as physiotherapy, cortisone injection or shock wave therapy. In some cases, surgery may be recommended to treat long-term injuries that have not improved following other treatments, or to repair a ruptured tendon. For me the shock wave therapy worked wonders. You need to take extra care especially if you are from a sports background, take supplements like the one below to prevent any future problems like arthritis, tendinitis and other wear and tear related concerns
1. Ultra Glucosamine Chondroitin 60 capsules
You can help reduce your risk of tendon injuries by:
- Warming up before playing sports or exercising, and cooling down afterwards
- Making sure you use the correct equipment for the activity you’re doing, such as wearing appropriate footwear.
- Getting specialist coaching or training to help improve your technique in a particular sport
- Not exerting yourself beyond your physical capability
- Exercising the affected area to stretch and strengthen it – a physiotherapist may be able to advise you about the best exercises to do
- Avoiding repetitive movements when possible and make sure you take regular breaks
- Ensuring your desk, keyboard and mouse are in a comfortable position
- If your job involves repetitive movements, ask your employer to provide rest periods, devices to support your wrists, and help with your posture.
Michelle – Your Health Expert