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SPORTS+TENDINITIS Don't Let Tendinitis Inhibit Your Sports Performance

Athletes are naturally at an increased risk for experiencing injuries. This is not as a result of any particular health issue that athletes typically have in common. Instead, it isasimpleexposureequation.Themore frequentlyyoupushyourself totrynewthings,toengage inphysicalactivity,ortopushyourselftoreachanew goal, the more you are going to increase your risk for potential injury. On more days than not, the injury won’t happen, but as every athlete knows, it only takes one bad day — one day when fatigue throws off your form just enough to cause your gait to be off, for you to feel a little distracted and not realize an obstacle is coming up, or just a fluke of a moment in which something goes wrong and yougodown.Whatmakesmattersworse is the fact thatmanyathletesattempt to push past the pain of their initial injuries, which often leads to those injuries becoming more severe. Workingwithaphysicaltherapist isespecially importantforathletesforthisreason. A physical therapist can help identify potential issues with posture or form that may increase your risk for injury, help identify potential injuries as they develop, andassess theseverityofandbest treatmentoptions for those injuriesassoon aspossible,soyoualwaysknowexactlywhatyourbodyneeds to feelat itsbest. UNDERSTANDING TENDINITIS Whiletherearesomesports injuriesthathappenafterabadday,thereareothers thatdevelopovertime.Tendinitis isan incrediblycommon issuethatcausespain

to develop in the joints. This can impact the hips, knees, elbows or shoulders. Pain caused by tendinitis can impact everyday activities, making it exceedingly difficult to remain comfortable day to day or to remain active. Tendinitis can make simple activities such as picking up a gallon of milk or attempting to put something away on a shelf over your head incredibly painful and challenging. Unfortunately, when tendinitis develops, it often sticks around. Thismeans thatpain thatbeginsas frustratingandseeminglyminorcanquickly become chronic and incredibly painful. Working with a physical therapist is the bestwaytoaddresstendinitispainearlyon,to improverangeofmotionandreduce the severity of your pain without having to turn to pain medications. WHAT IS TENDINITIS? Tendinitis is a common issue among athletes because it develops as a result of overuse.Whiletheaveragepersonmayengage instandardphysicaltaskssuchas walkingortyping,anathletetakesthatrepetitivebehaviortoanew level.Consider a tennis player, for example. In addition to running and jumping, a skilled tennis player will spend hours every week swinging the racket, and this could result in added wear and tear on the elbows and wrists, not to mention the shoulders.

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in the elbow or shoulder, whereas a runner may be more likely to experience it in theAchillestendon. Infact,this iswhytendinitis intheelbow isfrequentlyreferred to as tennis elbow, while Achilles tendinitis is sometimes referred to as runner’s ankles or runner’s heels. TREATING TENDINITIS The best treatment for tendinitis is time. Unfortunately, this is something that many people are unable to give to an injury. When tendinitis develops, the best thing to do is to use ice and to relax that part of the body. Taking a few days off of practice or away from your workout may be sufficient, but in other cases, this mayrequireafewdays inawheelchairoroncrutches,withthebulkofyourweight off of the affected area. Workingwithaphysicaltherapistcanhelpyou identifythebesttreatmentmethods for tendinitis. Your physical therapist can also help you identify the best range of motion and strength-building activities to reduce your likelihood of developing tendinitis.Formore informationaboutpreventingor treatingpain from tendinitis, contact us. Are you suffering from Tendinitis? Call Physical Therapy of Melissa today at 972.837.4450 to schedule your pain screening!

Every bone in the body is connected with muscular fibers called tendons. The tendonsareflexible,allowingthebodytomovemorefreelyby lettingbonesstretch apart or move in one direction or another. Tendinitis occurs when the tendons become inflamed.Swelling inthetendonscanmakemovementpainfulanddifficult. Typically, when pain is caused as a result of tendinitis, the pain is isolated at the notedareasofthebody.Thismeansthatatennisplayermayexperiencetendinitis

Low Carb Recipe: Mushroom Bucatini

INGREDIENTS • 1/2 cup dried porcini mushrooms

• 2 garlic cloves, minced • 2 tbsp dry sherry • 2 oz Parmigiano cheese • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream • 1 tsp chopped sage • 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper • 1 tsp truffle oil sage sprigs (optional)

• 2/3 cup boiling water • 8 oz uncooked bucatini • 3 1/4 tsp salt, divided • 1 tbsp canola oil • 1/4 cup chopped shallots • 2 (4-oz) packages exotic mushroom blend

DIRECTIONS Rinse porcini thoroughly. Combine porcini and 2/3 cup boiling water in a bowl; cover and let stand 30 minutes. Drain in over a bowl, reserving 1/4 cup soaking liquid. Chop porcini. Cook pasta with 1 tablespoon salt in boiling water 10 minutes; drain in a colander over a bowl, reserving 1/4 cup cooking liquid. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add shallots, mushroom blend, and garlic; sauté 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in porcini, sherry, and 1/4 teaspoon salt; cook 1 minute. Finely grate 1 ounce cheese; crumble remaining cheese. Reduce heat to medium. Stir in pasta, 1/4 cup reserved cooking liquid, 1/4 cup reserved porcini soaking liquid, 1/4 cup grated cheese, cream, chopped sage, and pepper; toss well to combine. Drizzle with oil; toss. Place about 1 1/4 cups pasta mixture on each of 4 plates; top each serving with about 1 tablespoon crumbled cheese. Garnish with sage sprigs, if desired.

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Thank you Taylor for helping me with my ankle. I could not have gotten better without you.” - Kendyl S.

CONGRATULATIONS to Leslie Escobedo, Front Office Coordinator and Patient Referral Coordinator, on your 3rd Anniversary at Physical Therapy of Melissa! We appreciate all you do for our patients each day.

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