AdvancedRehab: Tendintis & Sports

SO, WHAT IS TENDINITIS?

Tendinitis is known as an “overuse injury,” because it develops over time. Because of this, it is a common condition that dedicated athletes experience. For example, let’s say you are a tennis player – in addition to running and jumping, a skilled tennis player will also spend hours every week swinging their racket and conditioning for their sport. This can result in abnormal wear and tear on the shoulders, elbows, and wrists, which could cause tendinitis to develop. Every bone in the body is connected with muscular fibers called tendons. The tendons are flexible, allowing the body to move freely by letting bones stretch apart or move in one direction or another.Tendinitis occurs when the tendons become inflamed, which can result in swelling and pain, especially with movement of the affected area. Typically, when pain is caused as a result of tendinitis, the pain is isolated at the noted areas of the body.This means that a tennis player may experience tendinitis in the elbow or shoulder, whereas a runner may be more likely to experience it in the Achilles tendon. In fact, this is why tendinitis in the elbow is frequently referred to as “tennis elbow,” while Achilles tendinitis is frequently referred to as “runner’s ankles” or “runner’s heels.”

However, the most important part of making sure your tendinitis heals quickly and effectively is working with a physical therapist. Your physical therapist can help you identify the best methods of treatment for your specific needs and design an individualized treatment plan accordingly. Your physical therapist can also help you identify the best range of motion and strength-building activities to reduce your likelihood of worsening your tendinitis or developing it again in the future. For more information about preventing or treating pain from tendinitis, don’t hesitate to contact Advanced Rehab today! We’ll help you get back in the game as quickly as possible.

How can I find relief for my tendinitis pain?

When tendinitis first develops, a good rule of thumb is to practice the R.I.C.E method – rest, ice, compression, elevation. It is also important to take a few days off from your training or practice, in order to allow the affected area to heal. When necessary (with tendinitis of the knee or ankle), you can also utilize crutches as a way keep the bulk of your weight off of the affected area. SHARK WATERMELON FRUIT BOWL Healthy Recipe DIRECTIONS Place watermelon lengthwise on a cutting board. Slice off a 2-inch chunk from one end of the watermelon and discard. Using the flat end as a base, stand the watermelon up. Starting at the tip, begin to cut the watermelon in half, stopping about two-thirds of the way down. (Don’t cut all the way to the cutting board.) Make a second cut, starting at one of the end points of the first cut, angling up and moving in a curved line toward the end point on the other side to create a large wedge. Remove the wedge, creating an open mouth for the “shark.”Reserve thewedge.Usingavegetablepeeler,sliceoff1-inch-widepiecesofwatermelonskin along edges of the mouth. Discard the watermelon skin. Using a small paring knife, cut triangular incisions along the top and bottom edges of the mouth, forming teeth. Scoop out the inside of the watermelon, leaving 2 inches at the bottom, to form a bowl. Chop the scooped-out watermelon into chunks and reserve. Cut a half-rainbow shape from the reserved watermelon wedge. Skewer the half-rainbow into the back of the watermelon, rind-side up, forming a fin. Arrange blueberries and blackberries around the base of the watermelon. Fill the watermelon bowl with the reserved watermelon chunks, strawberries, raspberries and pineapple. Skewer blueberries on the sides of the watermelon to form eyes. INGREDIENTS • 1 medium watermelon (about 5 pounds) • 2 cups blueberries (1 pint) • 2 cups blackberries (1 pint) • 4 cups strawberries (1 quart) • 2 cups raspberries (1 pint) • 2 cups fresh pineapple chunks

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