Chronic Tendinitis Information
Chronic tendinitis inflicts many people in the world. It’s a common injury that can appear in those that work every day and/or participate in recreational sports, which is a good majority of the population. The term “chronic” means recurring, and refers to tendinitis that lasts for a prolonged period of time and occurs on a frequent basis.
The most at risk for developing chronic tendinitis are the elderly. As our bodies get older, our tendons began to deteriorate and lose their elasticity – making the elderly more susceptible to tendons breaking and tearing causing scar tissue to form. This scar tissue isn’t as flexible as tendons and without rest, inflammation and pain can and does occur. Areas most vulnerable to being effected by tendinitis are shoulders, ankles, elbows, and feet. These are commonly the main problem areas with tendinitis because they usually don’t have a chance to rest (heal).
While age is one major factor to chronic tendinitis, it’s not the only one. Constant repetitive motion causing a strain on the tendons is a huge culprit. A couple examples of athletes that develop chronic tendinitis include golfers and baseball players (swinging the bat). Over time, these tendons weaken because of the stress forced upon the same locations over and over again.
Other examples of constant repetitive motion are those that type on a computer keyboard all day, those counting money (bank teller, for example) or a ditch digger. Regardless though if you’re on the baseball mound all day or in a bank counting money, a lot of times chronic tendinitis can be avoided by simply doing proper stretching and warm ups. By not stretching, additional strain is being put on the tendons and will lead to rupture or tearing. Once a tendon does this, treatment options are greatly reduced.
Avoiding Chronic Tendinitis
The best way to avoid becoming a victim of chronic tendinitis is to take steps to avoid the activity which can cause you to feel pain and swelling. If the activity is unavoidable as you have to perform it for your job or through recreational sports, warming up is crucial. It’s important though to warm up even before you exercise, not afterwards. Also, change your exercise routine into something that is very low impact so you don’t aggravate your tendons beforehand.
If you’re in the middle of an activity and you start to feel pain and see the swelling take place, apply ice to the inflamed area as soon as possible. If you keep using the inflamed area and do not allow it enough time to heal, you’re going to without a doubt develop chronic tendinitis. The pain and inflammation will just get worse with each use.
A little prevention now can save years of pain and soreness – ignoring your tendinitis now will only multiply the severity of the situation down the road.