Tendinitis often misdiagnosed
- 12-28-2002, 05:44 PM
Tendinitis often misdiagnosed
<P class=text>A little food for thought about some of those pains you may be feeling....WW7
<P class=text>Tendinitis often misdiagnosed
<P class=text>Dr. Phil Maffetone
<P class=text>Besides being the most commonly misspelled musculoskeletal condition, tendinitis is also one of the most misunderstood, both by patients and health-care professionals.
<P class=text>Typically injuries in tendons such as the Achilles, elbow, plantar fascia, or other tendons are classified as tendinitis. But by the time these problems are realized, it's usually not an 'itis' at all. Experts call this common tendon problem tendonopathy -- a term that more adequately describes the problem.
<P class=text>Tendonopathy results from the body's inability to recover and repair from repetitive use, or overuse -- or the inability to control inflammation. The end result is physical damage to the tendon's tiny collagen fibers. At this point the problem becomes chronic, but inflammation is no longer the issue. The pain may not be from inflammation but dysfunction of the tendon, or often a nearby joint, ligament or muscle. In many cases the pain can come from more than one source.
<P class=text>As such, treatment using anti-inflammatory drugs is not warranted if there's no inflammation. The use of analgesics or other pain-control remedies are merely for symptomatic treatment. However, reducing pain often results in the person using, or abusing, the tendon once again. The marketers of pain relievers are very successful in selling products that are not therapeutic, and often result in an aggravation of the problem.
<P class=text>Allowing the tendon to heal is the most important part of the remedy. Like most conditions, the course of remedy is very individual. Some people continue to use the inflicted tendon, usually with the help of drugs to reduce the associated pain. This use is really just continued abuse. In most people, the muscles that allow the area to function properly may not function correctly. Getting help from the right health-care professional to restore proper muscle function can be an important part of any therapy.
<SPAN class=text>Most importantly, prevention of these common tendon problems is the key. Making sure your body has adequate levels of EPA from omega-3 fats, warming up and cooling down after working out, and avoiding overtraining or other overuse could prevent most of these problems.</SPAN>
- 12-29-2002, 10:40 AM
Amen to that!
I still refer to problems such as this as 'tendinitis' even though that is an over simplification - putting an 'opathy' on the end of the word tends to frighten the patient!
Best advice - simple. Good nutrition, active rest, tissue manipulation & Ultrasound where applicable.
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