Many seasonal activities require repetitive motion. From spring-cleaning, to raking fall leaves, to shoveling snow, to putting a fresh coat of paint on the house, each of these activities results in a more pleasant home – even as it’s causing a not-so-pleasant side effect, better know as tendonitis.
Tendonitis – also known as tennis elbow or golf elbow – is a condition related to inflammation or injury of the muscles around the joints. Because our office is located in the Wilmington, NC area, where most people enjoy an active lifestyle, we see these injuries more often than other acupuncturists.
Almost any repetitive, minor impact motion can cause tendonitis. Poor alignment and improper stretching before exercise are the root causes of pain and swelling at the joints.
Think you are suffering from tendonitis? Common symptoms of tendonitis might include:
- Pain and sensitivity around the joints
- Pain when shaking hands
- Pain when using your wrist to grip items
Are these symptoms familiar to you? Tendonitis requires careful treatment, but acupuncture may be able to address some of the inflammation characteristic of this condition. With acupuncture for tendonitis, our aim is to increase the flow of Qi, or energy and blood, within the body. Increased Qi correlates with better circulation and may help decrease swelling and pain. In traditional Chinese medicine, balancing the flow of Qi throughout the body helps to maintain health and wellness.
In some cases, we recommend complementary treatments to our clients, such as gentle massage, herbal supplements, and topical herbal applications to decrease swelling and pain. Acupuncture treatments can also be used safely in combination with Western treatment plans, making them ideal for patients concerned about drug interaction and pain treatment for tendonitis and similar conditions.
If you suffer from golf elbow, tennis elbow or tendonitis, schedule an appointment in our Wilmington, NC office today so we can help.