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If you've been experiencing, pain, stiffness and other unpleasant sensations in a particular joint, you may be suffering from tendinitis (also known as tendonitis). This form of soft tissue inflammation can become chronic over time and even lead to permanent changes in the afflicted tendon, robbing of you of your ability to practice your favorite sport or perform activities of daily life without misery. Fortunately, our chiropractic adjustment and other natural treatment methods at Pain Care Associates in Little Rock and Benton can help you get on top of that tendinitis problem and prevent it from coming back.
Tendons are tough, fibrous tissues that connect a muscle to another structure such as a muscle or bone. They typically lie in close proximity to ligaments, similarly tough connective tissues that help hold joints together. Tendons enable muscles to exert the pulling forces on bones that make motion possible. So when these tissues become injured or overstressed, the resulting loss of function can have a disastrous effect on your ability to pursue various activities. Damage to a tendon may cause pain, stiffness, swelling, redness and warmth in the affected area, along with an uncomfortable "crackling" sensation when the tendon is in motion. These are all telltale signs of tendinitis (which, incidentally is the same condition as "tendonitis" -- you may encounter both spellings.)
Tendinitis is especially common -- and debilitating -- for athletes. Constant repetitive stress on a particular joint or muscle group can lead to conditions such as tennis elbow, golf elbow, Achilles tendinitis, runner's knee and other forms of tendon inflammation. If the cause of the inflammation isn't treated, the tendon could eventually undergo permanent changes or even sustain a complete rupture.
Your chiropractor at Pain Care Associates (Dr. Stewart, Dr. Vang or Dr. Barger) can help you conquer your Little Rock or Benton tendinitis by addressing the underlying issues that brought it on in the first place. Spinal misalignment is often a factor in tissue inflammation and strain. an unbalanced body places unequal stresses on certain muscles and connective tissues, making them more prone to injury and chronic inflammation. These imbalances can often impair an athlete's technique, forcing over compensations that aggravate or perpetuate tissue strain. If your chiropractor detects a musculoskeletal imbalance related to spinal misalignment, chiropractic adjustments can correct your alignment to give you a straighter, more symmetrical stance and better balance so you can put less stress on your tendons.
Your chiropractor may also recommend certain other treatment methods to help soothe and rehabilitate a case of tendinitis. For instance, deep tissue massage, ultrasound and myofascial release can help relieve tight muscles attached to inflamed tendons and speed tissue healing. Physical therapy can help you rebuild your body for optimal strength and flexibility following a tendon injury, while ergonomic adjustments can help you lower your risk for future tendinitis issues. Call 501-223-3314 today to schedule a consultation at Pain Care Associates! We have locations in Little Rock and Benton.