Acupuncture for Tendinitis

Acupuncture for Tendinitis

Tendinitis, which is inflammation of a tendon, affects athletes, office workers, and anyone who uses their hands for work. It commonly develops from overuse or repetitive use, so is it so common in the knee, shoulder, elbow, and wrist joints. The pain this condition causes can be acute or chronic that disrupts daily life. Tendinitis is often called:

  • Tennis elbow
  • Jumper's knee
  • Frozen shoulder
  • When it comes to treating tendonitis, the best thing to do is rest, apply a cold compress, and take an anti-inflammatory medication like ibuprofen. Some devices allow the injured area to rest, including knee sleeves and wrist braces. In more recent years, many patients have been able to find relief from pain with acupuncture. This therapy uses small needles to heal the body's vital movement freely through the body.

    How can Acupuncture Help Tendinitis?

    Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) allows practitioners to identify tendon pain. It is generally associated with the inactivity of qi and blood in the affected channel. These channels flow all over the body, and an acupuncturist can find the channel and the acupuncture points on the channel that require treatment. These points are located either directly over the area of pain or in another place on the body.

    When to get help with acupuncture

    Like most health conditions, treating tendinitis as soon as possible is always best. An acupuncturist can help when symptoms first develop. While acupuncture can be beneficial in treating tendinitis, you may need more treatments to see improvements. In addition to acupuncture, a practitioner may also recommend ice therapy or heat therapy to ease pain and discomfort. Whatever the cause, the goal is to find out what is causing the tendinitis in the first place. Understanding the ergonomics of the computer station or the science behind sports movements can help prevent the tendon's recurring injury.

    Easing Swelling and Pain

    Acupuncture's benefits are continually being investigated, and several studies show that acupuncture may help improve the dilation of blood vessels around needles. To treat tendinitis, acupuncturists often combine needles with electrostimulation. The needles are inserted into and around an injured tendon. Electrostimulation is directly applied to enhance collagen repair. Patients are comfortable during this therapy and experience a reduction in pain and swelling.

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