What Is Tendonitis?
Tendonitis is an inflammation or irritation of a tendon, a thick cord that attaches bone to muscle. Tendonitis is most often caused by repetitive movements, minor impacts on the affected area, or from a sudden and more serious injury. It can also be the result of too little of much needed nutrients. Pseudohypoparathyroidism patients suffer from Calcium and Vitamin D deficiencies. These deficiencies not only lead to muscle sensitivity, but can lead to tendonitis as well.
In my own personal case I have been suffering from this type of inflammation in my forearms, without having necessarily done any repetitive or unusual movements. When it flares up, it is a constant and deep ache within the muscle which travels down into my wrist and even affects my fingers. The entire forearm is tender to the touch and can even feel warmer than other muscle groups. Needless to say this strongly affects my daily routine when it occurs.
What Is Calcific Tendonitis?
Calcific tendonitis is a condition in which small calcium deposits form within tendons. The deposits can grow and as they do they can pinch tendons or nerves, which in turn causes inflammation and muscle pain. If you are not getting enough Vitamin K or Magnesium in your diet, as well as Calcium and Vitamin D, this may lead to more calcium deposits which in turn can potentially lead to more pain and inflammation.
What to Do About Tendonitis?
If you are suffering from tendonitis due to an injury, then please see your doctor right away. The wrong treatment can exacerbate the problem. If you are like me and get tendonitis due to Calcium and Vitamin D deficiencies, then perhaps a home remedy might be beneficial.
An anti-inflammatory drug, such as Ibuprofen, can help ease some of the pain. An ice pack or even menthol can be used to numb the pain, such as an over the counter analgesic like Salon Pas or Bengay. Other times gentle heat works better, such as a heating pad set to a low setting or even a warm bath. I personally will not use an over the counter warming ointment, such as Capsaicin. It burns my skin and leaves it bright red and irritated.
Gentle massage therapy is imperative so that the muscle fibers can loosen and relax. Another treatment option to use is making an appointment to see the Chiropractor for an adjustment. The joints surrounding the tendons may need adjusting. This can help circulation and speed up the healing process. Most importantly, do not overwork the muscle which is inflamed. Rest and time are also needed to recover from tendonitis, no matter which muscles are affected.
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