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Tendonitis Specialist

Pipeline Physical Therapy

Orthopedic Physical Therapists & Pelvic Floor Therapists located in Downtown Oceanside, Oceanside, CA

Your tendons are the thick fibrous cords that attach your muscles to your bones. Overuse, age, and injury may cause inflammation of a tendon, which is a condition called tendonitis. The pain and inflammation from tendonitis can make it hard for you to carry out your daily activities. The licensed doctors of physical therapy at Pipeline Physical Therapy in Oceanside, California, specialize in the treatment of tendonitis. The team provides one-on-one care to reduce pain and restore function. Call the office or book online today.

Tendonitis Q&A

What is tendonitis?

Tendonitis means inflammation of a tendon. A fibrous connective tissue, tendons attach your muscles to the bone to support movement and mobility. 

Tendonitis may affect any tendon in your body. However, the painful condition most often affects the tendons in the shoulder, elbow, wrists, knees, and heels.

With tendonitis, you may feel pain and tenderness outside the joint. You may also experience swelling and a decrease in joint mobility. 

Tendonitis is a common cause of joint pain. 

What are the types of tendonitis?

Though you can develop tendonitis after an acute injury, the inflammation and irritation often develop from overuse of the joint and tendon. Common types of tendonitis include:

  • Tennis elbow
  • Golfer’s elbow
  • Jumper’s knee
  • Swimmer’s shoulder
  • Pitcher’s shoulder

You don’t have to participate in any of these sports to develop these types of tendonitis. Some occupations also require repetitive movements that may lead to tendonitis, such as a butcher or a painter. 

What happens during a tendonitis evaluation?

When you visit Pipeline Physical Therapy for a tendonitis evaluation, your dedicated licensed doctor of physical therapy conducts an in-depth initial assessment. 

Your physical therapist asks detailed questions about your symptoms, when they started, and the activities that worsen your pain. They also review your medical and surgical history and your daily routine.

Your physical therapist then evaluates the body part tendonitis affects, assessing the joint’s mobility and the strength of the supporting muscles. 

What physical therapy treatments help tendonitis?

Your licensed doctor of physical therapy at Pipeline Physical Therapy develops an individualized care plan for your tendonitis based on your condition and needs. The goal of therapy is to heal the inflammation, reduce pain, and prevent a recurrence.

Your treatment plan may include:

  • A therapeutic exercise program
  • Joint and soft tissue mobilization
  • Massage therapy
  • Hands-on manual therapy
  • A home exercise program
  • Ergonomic therapy
  • Hot and cold modalities
  • Gait analysis

Your dedicated physical therapist schedules regular one-on-one sessions to help you stretch and strengthen the affected muscle and tendon unit to reduce inflammation and restore health and function.

They also take the time to educate you about your tendonitis and the activities that may have caused it. Then, they provide recommendations on how to change your workout or daily routine to prevent a recurrence.

Don’t let tendonitis keep you from your active lifestyle. Call Pipeline Physical Therapy, or book an appointment online today.