Taking Down Tendinitis

With school starting back up, many students are excited to see their friends and participate in their favorite activities. Whether it’s football, volleyball, cheerleading or lacrosse, the main thing is students can do activities they love with their fellow classmates. What we might miss, though, is when those students feel pain in their joints. In other words, when they begin experiencing tendinitis.

What is tendinitis?

Tendinitis refers to inflammation in the muscles connected to your bones. It can be either very sudden and sharp, or it can develop over time.

Symptoms you can look for, if you have tendinitis, include swelling, heat in the affected area, and tenderness. Aside from pain, you may also have stiffness and loss of motion in the affected limb.

Crackling is another symptom that can appear. This occurs when there is a lot of scar tissue in the joint, which rub together during movement. It can also occur when that tissue rubs against bone in that joint.

Causes behind tendinitis…

Each case of tendinitis is unique since inflammation can occur suddenly.

Often, inflammation appears when we do repetitive actions, whether in sports or daily work life. The most common places for tendinitis to appear in include the wrist, knees, ankles, and shoulders.

In addition, when it comes to sports, athletes can feel pain in those same joints if they aren’t using proper form or techniques. Some examples include:

  • Baseball and softball players develop rotator cuff tendinitis from pitching the ball.
  • Dancers and cheerleaders experience pain in their ankles and hips after certain jumps or kicks.
  • Volleyball and basketball players can feel pain from landing on the court hard with their feet.

Students who don’t do sports experience the same pain as well. Marching band. Theater. Show choir. The list goes on. 

The main point is any student can experience tendinitis, even if they don’t play sports.

Diamond Chiropractic and Zone Technique are here to help…

With this technique, Dr. Nilles will focus on balancing the body’s Zone 5, or the musculoskeletal system. Focusing on this zone will improve blood flow to the muscles and reduce inflammation.

In addition, focusing on balancing Zone 5 will improve nerve communication between the brain and muscles as well. This helps reduce any muscle spasms students may have, along with reducing pain and stiffness in the affected areas.

Chiropractic care is effective for a variety of reasons. Not only will it help your children recover from tendinitis pain, but it will also help them feel healthier and more energetic. Before you know it, your children will back in the game, and you will be cheering them on from the sidelines.