Could Chiropractic Care at Snyder Family Chiropractic Help Your Tendinitis Symptoms?
Pain becomes a constant part of your life when you’re suffering from tennis elbow, Achilles tendinitis, swimmer’s shoulder, or any other form of tendinitis. Chiropractic care offers an effective way to ease pain, tenderness, and swelling during your recovery.
What Is Tendinitis?
Tendons are strong cords that connect muscles to bones. Your tendons help muscles move bones and absorb shock when moving. Tendinitis happens when they become inflamed. Although tendons are flexible when you’re young, they stiffen and weaken as you grow older. In fact, this starts in your mid-twenties! Unfortunately, this may mean they become inflamed more easily.
Tendinitis can affect tendons anywhere in your body, causing pain that may last several weeks. Although the injury often affects athletes, anyone can develop tendinitis. It happens most when engaging in repetitive movements, like hitting a ball or running. Other risk factors include bad posture, occupation, or athletics that require overhead movements, or working with vibrating tools. You might also develop the condition after weeding your overgrown flower beds or repeatedly swiping your finger across your smartphone.
Tendinitis can also be caused by overuse, which could occur if you exercise too long or too intensely. According to a research article in American Family Physician, overuse injuries most often affect the:
- Rotator Cuff in the Shoulder
- Patellar Tendon in the Knee
- Achilles Tendon at the Back of the Heel
Symptoms of tendinitis include:
- Pain, Which May Worsen at day’s end or When You Move the Muscle or Joint
- Warmth, Swelling, and Stiffness
- Crackling Sound When Moving the Affected Part of Your Body
How Dr. Jeff Snyder Can Ease Tendinitis Symptoms
Your visit to your Phoenixville chiropractor, Dr. Jeff, starts with a thorough examination to determine why you have tendinitis. Although you may know that playing golf is the reason your elbow hurts, Dr. Snyder can determine if a muscle imbalance or other underlying issue is a contributing factor.
Treating with Snyder Family Chiropractic in Phoenixville could help you:
- Relieve Pain. We offer a variety of treatments aimed at easing your pain, including exercise therapy, heat and cold therapies, soft-tissue mobilization, ultrasound therapy, and electrical muscle stimulation therapy. Chiropractic treatment prompts your body to release natural painkillers and promotes healing by increasing blood flow.
- Improve Flexibility. Swelling and inflammation cause stiffness, reducing your range of motion and worsening pain. In addition to soft tissue mobilization, and other treatments, your Dr. Snyder will use spinal adjustments to realign the vertebrae in your spine and reduce stiffness. Misaligned vertebrae can press on nerves and cause muscles and tendons to tighten. Once your vertebrae are correctly aligned, you will most likely notice that flexibility improves.
- Get Rid of Scar Tissue. Your body reacts to an injury by creating new tissue around the injured area. Although this reaction is helpful initially, scar tissue buildup restricts your movement and triggers pain. Treatments break up scar tissue that can limit your flexibility and range of motion.
- Decrease Inflammation. Inflammation, a major factor in pain and stiffness, can be worsened by misaligned vertebrae. Realigning the vertebrae not only reduces pressure on nerves and tissues but also relieves inflammation. In a study published in Chiropractic & Manual Therapies, researchers noted that spinal adjustments reduced the production of inflammatory agents in people with low back pain. Although this study focused on low back pain, adjustments may have the same effect on inflammation throughout the body.
During your appointment, Dr Snyder may also provide you with a few exercises that will strengthen your muscles, eliminate muscle imbalances, and decrease your risk for developing tendinitis in the future.
Need help managing your tendinitis symptoms? Text or call 610-935-5900 to make your appointment for chiropractic treatment.
Mayo Clinic: Tendinitis, 11/11/2022
Chiropractic & Manual Therapies: Effects of Spinal Manipulative Therapy on Inflammatory Mediators in Patients with Non-Specific Low Back Pain: A Non-Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial, 1/8/2021
Arthritis Foundation: Tendinitis
American Family Physician: Common Overuse Tendon Problems: A Review and Recommendations for Treatment, 2005