Tendinitis is an inflammation or irritation of a tendon.
Tendinitis is a condition where the connective tissues between muscles and bones (tendons) become inflamed. Often caused by repetitive activities, tendinitis can be painful. It commonly happens in the elbow, knee, shoulder, hip, Achilles tendon and base of the thumb. Tendinitis is also called tendonitis.
Tendinitis can be either acute (short-term) or chronic (long-term) in nature. Anyone can get tendinitis. However, it's more common in those who do repetitive activities. Some of these activities include:
1. Gardening / Landscaping
2. Wood work
6. Tennis, Golf, Skiing & Baseball (throwing and pitching) Players
Other risk factors for tendinitis include:
1. Poor posture at work or home
2. Presence of certain diseases that can weaken muscles like Rheumatoid arthritis; Gout / Pseudogout; and Blood or kidney diseases
3. Adults 40 years of age and older
5. Fluoroquinolone antibiotics
6. Statins (drugs that lower cholesterol)
Tendinitis can occur in almost any area of the body where a tendon connects a bone to a muscle. The most common places are:
1. Base of the thumb
6. Achilles tendon
Tendinitis most often is caused by repetitive, minor impact on the affected area, or from a sudden, more serious injury.
Main symptom of Tendinitis is pain at the site of the tendon and surrounding area. Pain may be a gradual build up or sudden and severe, especially if calcium deposits are present.
First-line treatment includes:
1. Avoiding activities that aggravate the problem.
3. Icing the area the day of the injury
4. Corticosteroid injections
5. Physical therapy
1. Drinking plenty of water helps to stay hydrated and avoid vitiation of Vata
2. Avoid Pitta aggravating foods like hot, sour and fermented foods.
3. Lepa (pastes of herbs/ ointment) prepared Sheeta and Madhur Rasa herbs to heal the injury faster.
4. Vata hara upachara
5. Shotahara & Shulahara dravyas
6. Brhmana Chikitsa
7. Abhyanga, Swedana, Upanaha
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