Causes of Tendinitis
Tendinitis is the inflammation of one or more tendons—the tissues found in the joints that connect the muscles to the bone. The symptoms of tendinitis include aching pains, swelling, pain through motion, and pain through touch.
Tendinitis is a common sports injury and most frequently occurs as a result of a repetitive action such as swinging a golf club. That’s why tendonitis often goes my the name golfer’s elbow, tennis elbow, pitcher’s shoulder, etc. Some of the most common sufferers of tendinitis are those who engage in sports like swimming, baseball, tennis, golf, and basketball. Tendinitis can also be caused by other repetitive tasks outside of sport, such as typing or playing piano.
In order to prevent tendinitis it’s important to maintain proper form when playing your sport and to give your joints adequate rest. This is especially true for older people who are already at higher risk for tendinitis.
Treatments for Tendinitis
As tendinitis is the inflammation of the joints, one of the best ways to recover is the rest the joints. For many athletes, however, this answer isn’t good enough. They can’t just stop playing their sport, so they need a treatment that will strengthen their tendons and relieve inflammation.
In our practice, we focus on treatments that engage the body’s self-healing mechanisms and treat root causes rather than symptoms. One treatment we’ve found effective against tendinitis is stem cell therapy. Stem cell therapy involves injections of stem cells to the joints affected by tendinitis. These cells help to repair and fortify the strained tissues, allowing athletes to get back to their game faster.