How to treat Tendinitis at home?

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Tendinitis is caused when the tendons in the human body are weakened, experienced some injury or from certain infection. Tendons are the fibrous, elastic bands that connect the muscles to the bones. These tendons are covered with a thick bunch of tissues. If a tendon becomes injured in some way or other, it can incompletely tear and leads to inflammation and pain. The tendons tend to lose their elasticity as a person age. Tendinitis can also occur in patients with diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis. Generally the tendons of the heel, shoulder, wrist or elbow are affected by this condition. Tendinitis is an extremely painful disorder. It is vital tot treat the tendinitis in the early stages. The longer a person waits to find out whether he/she has tendinitis, the worse are his/her chances of having an effective tendinitis cure to work.


What is Tennis elbow?

Tendinitis in athletes is a hurting condition that results from the overuse of a particular tendon. "Tennis elbow" is a famous term for tendinitis that hits the elbows of tennis players, who experience recurring impact to their elbows from tennis strokes. On the other hand, tendinitis may strike any frequently used tendon in the body. Besides sports, repetitive work-related You do not have access to view this node, such as reaching, typing or squatting may result in tendinitis.


What are the symptoms of Tendinitis?

The symptoms of Tendinitis:

  •  Soreness and tenderness associated with pain at or near a You do not have access to view this node, mainly around a shoulder, wrist, or heel, where it is known as ‘Achilles tendinitis’, or on the outside of an elbow, where it is known as ‘tennis elbow’.
  •  Numbness or tingling.
  •  If, both inflexibility and You do not have access to view this node limits the movement of the joint involved.
  •  If there is a mild swelling at the joint at times.
  •  Soreness, which may last or persist long after the tendon has had time to recover from the past injury.


What are some home remedies for Tendinitis?

The aim of treatment is to reinstate movement to the joint without pain and to maintain strength in surrounding muscles while giving the tissues some time to heal. Some of the home remedies are discussed below:

  • Rest: Enough rest is vital. Going back to the activity too soon can cause chronic tendinitis or torn tendons. Activities that increase the pain or swelling should be avoided. Rest is vital to tissue healing, however, complete bed rest is not needed. One can perform other activities and exercises that may not stress the injured tendon. Swimming and water exercise may be performed also.
  • Applying Ice: Applying ice to the injured area for up to 20 minutes, many times a day will reduce pain, muscle spasm and swelling. Ice packs, ice massage or slush baths with ice and water all can help.
  • Compression: Pain and stiffness increases, due to the swelling of the overused tendon. Besides icing the area, one may wrap it with elastic bandages to prevent inflammation. The bandages provide support during physical activity and immediately afterward, when the tendon is most probable to swell. The bandages should be removed after 24 hours to let the body's natural circulation to help in healing. Neoprene-type compression supports, when worn during physical activity, may also reduce the inflammation to the tendon. Wraps or compressive elastic bandages (Ace) are most excellent.
  • Elevation: If tendinitis affects a patient’s You do not have access to view this node, he/she should elevate the affected leg above the level of his/her heart to decrease swelling.
  • Over the counter medicines: One can also try non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin and ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others), or products containing acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) in an effort to decrease the discomfort related to tendinitis.


What are some herbal home remedies?

Some of the herbal home remedies of tendinitis are as follows:

  • Horse tail: Horse tail is one of the excellent sources of silicon. Many studies have shown that this element is best in making connective tissues and cartilage more resilient and improves overall health. A tea prepared by adding 5 teaspoons of dried herb to 1 teaspoon of sugar to a quart of water can be taken to relieve the You do not have access to view this node. Other sources of silicon are chickweed, pistachios, turnips, barley, Brazil nuts, etc.
  • Licorice: Licorice works similar to hydrocortisone in the treatment of tendinitis but without the side-effects. This herb has anti-inflammatory effect.
  • Pine apple and papaya: Both have enzymes that aid in the breakdown of protein called ‘bromelain’ that has anti-inflammatory properties. Pineapple and papaya are effective in treating swelling, You do not have access to view this node and for fast healing of tendinitis.
  • Purslane: It is rich in magnesium that plays a vital role in the health of bone, muscle and connective You do not have access to view this node. Besides purslane, spinach, lettuce, poppy seeds and green beans are also very effective in maintaining bone health.
  • Turmeric: The curcumin present in turmeric is an effective treatment for various inflammations. Taking 250-500 milligrams of turmeric in food helps very much in treating tendinitis.
  • Ginger: Ginger is well-known for treating tendinitis. Taking ginger along with pine apple and licorice is very effective.
  • Willow: The bark of willow is natural ‘Aspirin’. Other similar herbs are wintergreen and meadowsweet. Both have salicylates. Taking the tea prepared with 1 or 2 teaspoons of dried herb will effectively treat tendinitis.


How to prevent tendonitis ?

To reduce your chance of developing tendinitis, the following recommendations are given:

  • Avoid excess stress: Avoid activities that place excessive stress on the tendons, particularly for extended periods. Stop the exercise and rest, in case of You do not have access to view this node.
  •  Stretch: Enough stretching should be done before exercise, in order to maximize the range of motion of the You do not have access to view this node.
  •  Alter the exercise technique: The method of exercise should be watched carefully and altered in case of any You do not have access to view this node due to that particular method of physical activity.
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