Tendonitis or Achilles tendonitis, golfer’s elbow, lateral epicondylitis, medial epicondylitis, tennis elbow, rotator cuff tendonitis, patellar tendonitis and tendinitis as it is also called can be a painful injury which can occur as a result of physical stress in the workplace or as a result of sports play or exercising.
The tendon, which is a fibrous tissue that is attached to the muscles that operate bone, can become inflamed due to stress or irritation and that condition is called tendonitis.
When there is pain above the back of the heel it is referred to as Achilles tendonitis.
When there is pain on the outer side of the forearm near the elbow, it is called elbow tendonitis or lateral epicondylitis. When the pain is on the inner side of the forearm near to the elbow then it is called golfer’s elbow or medial epicondylitis.
Pain just below the knee is called patellar tendonitis.
Pain near the shoulder is referred to as rotator cuff tendonitis.
All of the above conditions and pain locations may turn out to be tendonitis. The individuals may make the diagnosis themselves or go to a medical professional in order to have tests to rule out other medical causes for the pain, tenderness or inflammation that is usually associated with tendonitis.
Currently there hasn’t been enough research into the success of natural remedies to make conclusive statements about their effectiveness but there are some natural remedies that have become popular such as acupuncture, transverse friction massage, and the use of home remedies or herbal supplements such as white willow, ginger, turmeric, homeopathy (ruta, rhus tox, and arnica) homeopathic cream – traumeel, boswellia, bromelain, devil’s claw and proteolytic enzymes.
Acupuncture has been studied for its usefulness in relieving pain. Six studies concluded that acupuncture was effective for short-term relief of the pain associated with tennis elbow.
Individuals should consult with their doctor before starting acupuncture to be sure there are no other underlying medical condition such as rheumatoid arthritis or diabetes before undergoing acupuncture. The individual should also be aware of the fact that side effects may include bleeding at the injection site, bruising, and soreness, which may add to the discomfort of the tendonitis. The individual may also experience temporary tiredness. Occasionally a needle may break or injure an internal organ or other body structure. Individuals who have bleeding disorders or are taking blood-thinning medication should be advised against using acupuncture.
Acupuncture to be effective needs to be repeated one to three times a week for several weeks. The cost of acupuncture ranges from $60 to $120 and may be covered by some insurance plans.
Transverse friction massage is a technique used to reduce pain, improve blood flow to the affected and surrounding area, and to prevent scar tissue and adhesions in the connective tissue. The massage strokes are applied perpendicular to the direction of the tendon. The massage strokes of transverse friction are applied deeply to the affected area. Individuals who are pregnant, have suffered recent heart attack, burns or who have open wounds, cancer, deep vein thrombosis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis or unhealed fractures should definitely speak with a medical professional before having a transverse friction massage.