Tendinitis is also referred to as overuse tendinopathy which can typically be diagnosed through a physical examination. It is the inflammation or the irritation of the tendon.
If you have the symptoms of tendinitis the doctor could recommend an ultrasound or MRI to help determine tendon thickening, tears, and dislocations. However, this is unnecessary for newly diagnosed cases.
An examination also helps to determine whether you have similar complications like inflammation in the joint (bursitis)
Physical therapists in White Plains, NY agree that signs and symptoms for tendinitis include:
- Mild swelling
- Pain described as a mild ache especially when moving the affected joint or limb
- Muscle tightness
Any physical therapist in White Plains, NY understands that tendinitis causes problems in the range of movement in the affected limb or joint. This is due to the pain someone feels. Therefore, the goal of treatment is to restore movement without pain.
Physical therapists at True Way Physical Therapy use different approaches to ensure the patient effectively recovers. Here are some methods of treating tendinitis:
Strengthening and stretching exercises help the patient improve range of motion. These include eccentric strengthening and lengthening exercises.
Physical therapy at True Way Physical Therapy also uses surgical procedures to help the patient. One is dry needling which is a form of acupuncture to stimulate factors involved in tendon healing.
Ultrasonic treatment which is a minimally invasive operation to insert a special device that removes tendon scar tissue through ultrasonic sound waves.
In the case of exercise, the patient is required to begin on a gradual routine that would strengthen and stretch the muscles around the affected limb or joint. It is important to stop or reduce movement at the first encounter of pain. You want to avoid further damaging the tendon.