What Moms Should Know About Tendonitis
brought about by multitasking and juggling parenting, a job, and household
chores every single day. However, if the pain is already persistent, you might
need to take a closer look for it can already be an indication of tendonitis.
but very few understand what it really is. Tendonitis refers to the
inflammation of a tendon usually caused by repetitive motions and overuse. The
tendons are connective tissues that attach muscles to the bones. Note,
tendons and ligaments are two different kinds of connective tissues. A ligament
connects bones together at a joint while a tendon connects muscles to a bone. Typically,
these tissues are tough, flexible, and fibrous, and naturally designed to
to exert a pulling force. However, overuse, overload, and overexertion can take
a toll on the tendons, thereby causing microtrauma and inflammation. Overuse
refers to body movements that are repeated often while overload refers to an
all too quick increase in the level of a particular activity. Overexertion, as the
term suggests, is exerting the tendons to more than they can physically bear.
Types of Tendonitis
pain shooting from the outer side of the elbow down through the wrist.
Scientifically, it goes by the name lateral epicondylitis, which generally refers to
the degeneration of the tendons’ attachment to both bone and muscle. It’s also
known as tennis elbow because it’s a common condition among tennis players.
which is touted as the largest tendon in the body. The Achilles
tendon connects your calf muscle to your heel bone, helping you perform various
day-to-day functions like walking, running, jumping, standing up on your toes,
and climbing the stairs. Hence, you can just imagine how prone it is to overuse
and potential degeneration.
condition characterized by inflammation and pain in the plantar fascia ligament
in the foot (because both of them include heel pain).
traditionally, as the ‘washer woman’s syndrome’ because it is most common
among people who do repetitive wrist motions like wringing wet clothes. It is
more of a degenerative condition that involves inflammation since it’s borne
out of repetitive strain or friction on the tendon.
of the tendons in your biceps or rotator cuff. The symptoms of this particular
tendonitis manifest over time. Any activity that keeps your shoulder in one
position for long periods or requires constant lifting of your arms overhead
can cause this condition.
Symptoms of Tendonitis to Watch out for
order to get help right away. The symptoms will likewise tell you whether you
can still treat and manage the injury at home or it’s already time to consult
- Painless but restricted movements
- Pain is unbearable during the night
and the morning
- Pain aggravated by movement
- Pain accompanied by swelling and
Prevention and Management
tendonitis, that age-old adage can never be truer. The treatment and management
of tendonitis are geared towards relieving pain and minimizing inflammation.
- As much as possible, avoid activities
that require you to lift your hand over your head. In the same vein, try
not to sleep on your shoulder every night.
- To manage Achilles tendonitis, you
can wear a sleeping boot to immobilize your foot
such as a night splint. This method also works in treating plantar
- Take breaks from your tasks, like
typing, for instance, or other tasks requiring repetitive motion such as
- Avoid wearing high heels for this
can shorten your Achilles tendon. If your work requires it, remove your
high heels from time to time and do some foot stretching techniques to
relax your feet.
- To manage pain and swelling, apply
an ice pack to the affected area and wrap it with an elastic bandage. You
may also take over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen.
- Perform exercise programs
specifically designed to improve the strength and flexibility of your
might also need to change your routines. As a mom, taking care of your family
must include practicing your own self-care.