How Chiropractic Care Can Relieve Tendonosis

Many people visiting a chiropractor may go in believing they are suffering from tendinitis, a common injury in which the tendons are inflamed and cause pain. However, it has been found recently that many people who believe they suffer from tendinitis may actually be suffering from tendonosis, a very different disorder that may require more intervention. If you are experiencing pain, visiting a Charlotte chiropractor can help you understand which of these conditions may be the cause. Greater Life Chiropractic is able to help determine which condition may be causing your pain, as well as develop a plan to relieve the pain in the most appropriate way.

Tendinitis vs. Tendonosis

Tendinitis occurs when the tendon has micro-tears, which lead to inflammation. This is typically a result of putting too much stress on the tendon or a single force that is too sudden or strong. The body part suffering from tendinitis will be in pain and possibly even feel like it is burning, made worse by common activities. Decreased flexibility and strength are also common symptoms of tendinitis.

In contrast, tendonosis is a long-term degeneration of the collagen in the tendon due to overuse. When tendinitis is untreated, it can become tendonosis—every small movement can worsen the condition over time. Any overuse of a tendon can lead to this, and it is more likely to happen if an individual has poor posture or uses the limb in an awkward way.

The symptoms of tendonosis are very similar to tendinitis, with pain and trouble moving being initial symptoms. You may also notice the body part is hot to the touch, appears swollen, or makes a clicking sound upon movement.

When tendonosis occurs, the goal is to strengthen the tendon over time to reach active recovery.

Addressing Tendonosis with Chiropractic Care

The reason it is important to distinguish tendinitis and tendonosis is that they may be treated differently. Tendinitis is treated with common methods like ice and rest, as well as benefiting from anti-inflammatory medicines and cortisone injections in more severe cases.

But when tendonosis is the issue, these methods are not necessarily the best course of action as inflammation is not usually present. Instead, the goal of tendonosis treatment is to break the injury cycle and reduce stress, focusing on rest, bracing, ergonomics, and physical therapy. Chronic tendonosis will often take 3 to 6 months to fully heal, where tendinitis is usually cleared up in 6 weeks.

By dealing directly with the ligament weakness and cartilage deterioration, chiropractic care can be an effective method for healing tendonosis. A proper combination of chiropractic adjustments and exercises can help the tendon regain its strength, preserve range of motion, and increase circulation going forward.

At Greater Life Chiropractic, you will benefit from the safe and effective care of Dr. Grant Lisetor, who will evaluate your tendonosis and design a program designed to aid your recovery. The best thing you can do for tendonosis is to seek treatment before it occurs, but if you feel you may be suffering from this condition, contact us today for your first consultation.


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