What is Tendonitis?
Tendinitis (informally also tendonitis), meaning inflammation of a tendon (the suffix -itis denotes diseases characterized by inflammation), is a type of tendinopathy often confused with the more common tendinosis, which has similar symptoms but requires different treatment. The term tendinitis should be reserved for tendon injuries that involve larger-scale acute injuries accompanied by inflammation. Generally tendinitis is referred to by the body part involved, such as Achilles tendinitis (affecting the Achilles tendon), or patellar tendinitis (jumper's knee, affecting the patellar tendon).
Tendons are thick, fibrous and flexible cords that attach muscle to the bones in the body. When one of these tendons becomes irritated or inflamed, (usually as a result of daily wear and tear or physical injury), it is known as tendonitis.
What Causes Tendonitis?
Tendonitis can develop due to normal everyday activities where strain is placed on tendons. It can also be caused by inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and the condition commonly affects areas such as the heels, shoulders, elbows, wrists, fingers, the foot, hamstring, hand, hip, knee, rotator cuff, and tibial may be swollen and inflamed. Tendonitis is usually quite painful and it can become frustrating if it interferes significantly with daily routines. Severe tendonitis also runs the risk of rupturing a tendon in which case surgery may be necessary.
Help for Tendonitis
Treatment of tendonitis generally aims at reducing inflammation and pain relief. Other than that, if the affected area is given significant rest, the healing process will occur naturally in time. There are however various natural ingredients that support this natural healing process and help speed recovery, while alleviating associated symptoms such as pain and inflammation or swelling.
Homeopathic ingredients such as Magnesium phosphoricum and Matricaria recutita both have powerful anti-inflammatory properties and both are renowned for their soothing effect on aching muscles. Arnica is also a well known ingredient that helps promote the healing of connective tissue, cartilage and bones.
The essential oils of peppermint, pine, and ginger also have a very soothing effect when used topically on the affected area. Peppermint essential oil has powerful anti-inflammatory properties while Ginger essential oil has a long history of use for soothing aches and pains.