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Tendonitis/Tendinitis

What is Tendonitis/Tendinitis?

It is a condition in which the tissue connecting muscle to bone becomes inflamed.

Can physiotherapy help people with tendonitis/tendinitis?

Yes. Physiotherapy is an effective treatment for tendonitis/tendinitis.

What are the causes of tendonitis/tendinitis?

  • Overuse of the tendons by repetitive actions

  • Calcium deposit along the tendon at the site of insertion

  • Bone spurs on the heels

  • Any sporting activity that requires lots of jumping and running

  • Running on hard surfaces

  • Poor sporting technique, such as holding a tennis racquet or golf club incorrectly

  • Inappropriate sporting equipment, such as a tennis racquet that’s too heavy

  • Lifting weights that are too heavy

  • Lifting heavy weights without warming up properly

  • Neglecting to warm up properly prior to sport or exercise

  • Extreme and regular physical effort, such as an intensive sports training schedule

  • Not taking enough time between training sessions to allow full recovery

  • Exercising in cold temperatures

  • Awkward positions that are maintained for a long time

  • Being obese, which puts excessive pressure on the tendons of the legs

How do I know if I have tendonitis/tendinitis?

You will experience the following symptoms:

  • Pain and tenderness, which is often worse when you move it

  • Swelling

  • You may have more pain and stiffness during the night or when you get up in the morning

  • The area may be tender, red, warm, or swollen if there is inflammation

  • You may notice a crunchy sound or feeling when you use the tendon

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