Repetitive Strain Injuries-Tendinitis

I remember back in my early twenties while I was attending college I took up golfing.  I decided to get serious and I purchased a few lessons with a PGA pro.  He got me up to speed very quickly.  I was so excited with my newly developed swing that I decided to test my new skills at the local driving range one Sunday afternoon…

The local golf driving range offered three sizes of buckets: small, large and jumbo.  I was determined to practice really hard so I purchased the jumbo bucket of balls.  After about half way through the bucket of balls my hand and wrist became increasingly fatigued, but I didn’t care because I was on a mission.  By the time I drove the final ball in that bucket my wrist was very uncomfortable and I could feel the blood vessels pulsating in my wrist.

When I woke up the next morning I could barely hold anything with my left hand.  The pain in my wrist was excruciating!  The entire next two weeks were horrible.  Lucky for me I was already in Chiropractic College and I could understand what had happened to my wrist and how to take care of the injury.  Using a lot of ice wraps, physical modalities such as ultrasound and electrical stimulation, and most of all specific chiropractic adjustments to the elbow, wrist and hand joints my hand made a full recovery.

Through my own experience, education and practice on thousands of patients I have learned that the best thing for tendonitis is to implement preventative measures before it even happens.  Almost everyone will suffer with tendinitis in one form or another during their lifetime.  Those who are prepared for the worst in advance will generally have less severe injuries and heal much faster.

There are a few preventative tips that I will share with you in this brief article, all of which are easy and will only take a small amount of your time.

First of all I recommend drinking plenty of water throughout the day.  Dehydration is a huge problem today and many people’s health is compromised because either they drink far too little water and/or they drink far too many dehydrating beverages.  Caffeinated drinks such as coffee, tea and soda are largely contributable to this problem.  So how much water should you drink throughout the day?  That’s a good question and it’s different for everyone depending on their body weight, activity level, overall health status, and how many dehydrating beverages they drink on average.  As a general rule 8-12 glasses of water per day is sufficient, with larger and more active individuals requiring a higher volume of water to do the job.  Just remember that a well hydrated body will have more supple tendons, ligaments and muscles.

My second recommendation for keeping your tendons stronger and more flexible is to stretch them regularly.  There are many different stretches that you could do for the various body areas.  Yoga is one activity that does a great job of helping people maintain flexibility.  If you are not into such a workout then the least you could do is to properly stretch those areas of your body that you place the most stress on.  For example if you use your hands for some type of repetitive work then a daily routine of hand, arm and maybe even shoulder stretches would work well.  On the other hand if you are on your feet doing a lot of walking or running then foot, leg and low back stretches may be your ticket.  Keep in mind the more active your daily routine, the more important stretching your muscles and tendons is for preventing tendinitis and other injuries.

The last tip I will leave you with in this article is to be aware of your body and pay attention to when it is sending warning signals.  Sometimes those “normal aches and pains” will come and go and nothing more will happen, however if you experience those little aches and pains frequently or with subtle increases in severity that is a tell tale sign of an underlying problem.  At that point my best recommendation is for you to make an appointment with a chiropractor.  Since the majority of chiropractors specialize in treating spinal problems, if your concern is in the extremities (hands, elbows, shoulders, feet, knees) you will want to search for a chiropractor that has had specialized training in treating those body regions. © Robert J. Fenell, D.C.

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