Tendon Troubles: The Difference Between Tendinosis and Tendonitis and the Magic of Shockwave Therapy
What do pain on the front of your knee, Achilles pain, “most” shoulder pain, elbow pain and even carpal tunnel have in common?
The answer is that all of the above are either caused solely by problems with a tendon or at least partially by problems with a tendon.
Tendons play a crucial role in our bodies, connecting our muscles to bones. But what happens when they get overworked or injured?
Enter two terms you might have heard of - tendonitis and tendinosis. While they might sound similar, they're not the same.
Let’s break them down into simpler terms and explore a promising remedy, that’s gaining in popularity called shockwave therapy.
Imagine pulling an elastic band too far, and it gets slightly over-stretched. That's what happens with tendonitis. It’s like your tendon's way of saying, "Hey, I'm overworked here!"
It becomes sore, a little swollen, and might feel warm. If you've ever experienced pain after a sudden activity, like a weekend tennis match or lifting something heavy, you might have met tendonitis. Give it some rest, maybe an ice pack or two, and it's likely to feel better soon.
Now, think of that same elastic band being pulled too many times, over and over, and eventually showing signs of wear and tear. That's tendinosis. It’s a result of your tendon being stressed repeatedly without enough time to fully recover.
This sneaky fella doesn’t shout out immediately like tendonitis does. Instead, it whispers over time with consistent discomfort, making movements stiff or painful. Unlike its louder cousin, tendinosis takes a bit more time and care to feel better.
While these two sound like pesky problems, there is good news!
Shockwave therapy, a modern solution, is proving to be a hero for many. Picture a gentle but powerful wave traveling to the heart of the problem, nudging the body to kickstart it’s healing.
It's like telling the body, "Here's where the problem is, now fix it!" This therapy doesn’t require needles, surgery or drugs; instead shockwave therapy directs healing energy to where it's needed.
Whether you've got the sudden pain of tendonitis or the lingering discomfort of tendinosis, shockwave therapy can be the gentle nudge towards healing.
To sum it up, tendons are found all throughout the body and like all parts of our body, need care.
Tendonitis and tendinosis are just signals that they're feeling a bit under the weather. But with the right understanding and treatments like shockwave therapy, we can get you back to feeling your best in no time.
If you ever face these tendon troubles, remember, healing is just a shockwave away!
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This information should not be substituted for medical or chiropractic advice. Any and all health care concerns, decisions, and actions must be done through the advice and counsel of a health care professional who is familiar with your updated medical history.