Tendonitis is the inflammation of a tendon, most commonly involving the arms and legs. It affects the parts of the body that are used and overused frequently, such as the legs of basketball and soccer players, shoulders in baseball players and hairdressers, etc. In many cases, the pain gets worse on the day following the initial symptoms. Accidents will also give a chronic form of tendonitis as part of the strain and sprain injuries. Stress is a common cause of excessive tension in the tendon structure of the body. Who doesn’t feel that sometimes?
Symptoms include pain and stiffness in the affected area, though some severe cases involve a burning sensation. Resting helps avoid any additional stress on the injury during the healing process. Often the nerves that pass near the tendons get “chaffed” by the tendons, and that is how you feel the pain. Stretching the related muscles helps to change the place the nerves and tendons interact. That can give immediate relief!
Acupuncture treats the local point sites in the pathways that serve the tendomuscular regions affected, and also treats the “exit” point sites for those pathways. Often improvement is felt the same day, and not too many treatments are needed for lots of relief. Depending on the causes, the treatments will be helpful in gaining relief.