Treating Acute Tendonitis

When performing an activity to the point that you are overusing or straining muscles you run the risk of getting acute tendonitis.

Teens who push themselves to achieve in a sport, athletes who push too hard to achieve a goal, or seniors who want to be as active as they were in their youth can all overuse their bodies to the point that they experience acute tendonitis. The weekend athlete is prone to overdoing it in the zeal to fit a week’s worth of exercise into two days of freedom.

Acute tendonitis is when the strain occurs where the muscle attaches to the bone or where it blends into the tendon. It can also happen when you strain muscles or when you have an injury such as from a fall or missed step.

Dont Do That

Stopping the activity that causes the pain is the first step. The second is to apply ice to the affected area for about 10 to 20 minutes at a time for 3 to 4 times a day until the swelling has improved. You can also try moist heat to increase the blood circulation and hopefully increase the healing time.

Ultrasound treatment has also been used to treat acute tendonitis. Ultrasound treatment is used in cases of acute tendonitis in order to reduce the swelling and increase the blood flow.

It is hoped that the ultrasound treatment will also help to regain flexibility. You should give the area adequate rest as returning to activity too soon can hinder the healing process.

Cold, Heat and Ultrasound

The three most important treatment methods for dealing with acute tendonitis are to use cold compression bracing, a moist heat source and therapeutic ultrasound. The magic formula for treating any case of acute tendonitis is to rest the area properly, apply ice for 10 to 20 minutes at a time for the first 3 days after the initial injury and then to apply moist heat (only after the swelling has gone down).

Reducing the swelling and resting will prevent further injury to the muscle and ice reduces the inflammation and swelling. The moist heat is used to circulate blood through the affected area that is needed in order for healing to take place.

The use of ultrasound helps to speed the reduction of inflammation and increases the flow of blood to the area. The individual should then gradually start to flex and also to mobilize the area to help the muscle return to functionality.

It is vital that the affected muscle be allowed to rest for a long enough period of time so that the area is not re-injured. The area should be rested for at least three weeks and typically healing is complete in six weeks.