Tendinitis is a common condition effecting the Achilles, patellar, hamstring, bicipital, and wrist extensor tendons. Although these are common conditions, there is a lot of misinformation regarding what causes tendinitis and what treatments are effective. This blog post will cover what really causes tendinitis, does pain mean damage, and whether you should rest or stretch for tendinitis.
One of the most frequently recommended treatments for tendon pain is stretching. The thought is that tight muscles place tension on the tendons leading to pain, therefore, stretching will help decrease muscle tone and tendon pain. However, could stretching actually make tendon pain worse? This post will discuss tendons and whether stretching is beneficial.
Tennis elbow is the most common condition in the elbow. Tennis elbow is actually a tendinopathy of the wrist extensors on the outside of the elbow, hence why it is also called lateral epicondylitis. The development of tennis elbow is through overloading of the wrist extensors, typically either through activities that require a lot of gripping or repetitive wrist extension. While tennis elbow is commonly experienced by tennis players, it is also common in weight lifters, baseball/softball players, and construction workers.