Last week we went over the differences between tendinitis, tenosynovitis, and tendinopathy. This week we want to take time to explain and emphasize the importance of resting when you are dealing with these issues.
Typically, tendinitis occurs from overuse–whether your daily 3 hours of tennis is catching up to you or you’re carrying your weekly grocery haul on one arm. Regardless of how you ended up with tendinitis, everyone’s body is different and responds to stress differently. Talking with your hand therapist is a good way to determine which activities are making your tendinitis worse and modifying how and when you’re doing these activities.
When we first see clients with tendinitis, we typically recommend immobilization. This is a good reminder for the patient to NOT USE this particular muscle group. As difficult or annoying as this may seem, dedication at the beginning of treatment will pay off in the long run. The patients that typically do the best are those who immobilize from the beginning. Completing your stretches and icing as instructed will also play a role in how you progress. It is hard to stop using your arm, but trust us when we say it will be worth it! However, you must be CONSISTENT, as consistency is key when treating tendinitis. Allowing the issue to drag on by being inconsistent with your immobilization just injures your tendon further and delays progress.
Do you suspect your workplace is causing your pain? Do you feel like you might be developing tendinitis? We here at LBHT can help, visit our where to begin page to become a patient.