Tendonitis and arthritis both result from inflammation of joint tissues causing pain and hampering the ability of the joints to move smoothly and easily. However, they affect different tissues, result from different factors and have different treatments.
Tendonitis refers to inflammation of the tendons, which is the fibrous tissue that links muscles to bones at joints and transmits the force of muscle action to move the joint. It is usually caused by overuse and repetitive motions that overuse a particular tendon. The pain in tendonitis occurs just outside a joint and can radiate up or down the length of the limb. Exercise can aggravate this pain and rest generally relieves it to some extent.
Arthritis on the other hand, results from inflammation of the tissues that line the joints themselves that minimize friction. It affects the cartilage between bones at a joint, causing the bones to grind on one another. Arthritis causes pain, redness, stiffness and swelling in the joint itself. Arthritis symptoms usually ease with mild exercise.
At Aspen Wellness Center, we offer multiple solutions to help relieve both tendonitis and arthritis pain. Acupuncture is one of the most highly effective and non-invasive therapies available. Many of our patients are astonished on how quickly their symptoms completely dissipate after a few sessions. Combined with acupuncture, medical massage also offers a gentle and valuable approach of the treatment of soft tissue injuries to help you heal faster.
Finally, one of the most important things you can do is to get regular chiropractic adjustments. Not only will this help keep your body in tune and your muscles aligned but it will help reduce uncoordinated body movements which can lead to injuries.
Dr. Michael O. Kleker is a Chiropractic Doctor and a licensed acupuncturist specializing in chronic and acute pain management. He offers 30 years of experience of helping patients live life to the fullest here on the Front Range of Colorado.