Often when we practice sports we focus only on food and exercise. However, knowing the organs and functioning mechanisms of our body is equally important. This will allow us to recognize and treat injuries that can occur during workouts, such as tendonitis.
Any movement or physical activity involves the use of muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Over time they become stronger and allow the execution of increasingly difficult exercises. However, this exposes them to the risk of injuries that could affect their functioning.
The tendons, in addition to the muscles and ligaments, are indispensable for moving because they represent the tissue that joins the muscles to the bones. For this reason, any problem concerning the tendons will affect the muscles and joints and consequently the execution of the exercises.
Tendon inflammation or tendonitis is a condition that can be caused by injury or overtraining. It is very common among those who train and therefore it is important to know how to treat it.
Tendonitis is very common among those who practice sports like swimming or athletics. For this reason, it is important to consider the following aspects in order to avoid possible injuries:
- Do not train without having warmed up first: you must prepare the tendons for the movements you are going to perform.
- Eat healthily: a diet that provides all the necessary nutrients ensures good tendon status; this will allow you to avoid injuries or possible pathologies.
- Avoid incorrect postures and unnecessary efforts: making sudden movements or using your muscles improperly can cause tendon inflammation.
- Get enough rest: during rest, the muscles, tendons, and ligaments recover from the micro-fractures that are generated during training. It is important to rest sufficiently so that the tendons remain in good condition.
How to treat tendonitis?
Tendonitis is characterized by an inflammation of the tendon that causes pain. Generally, in the affected area, there may be a reddening of the skin. The areas most prone to this type of inflammation are the shoulders, ankles, knees, and elbows.
Treating tendonitis does not require much effort. First of all try to relieve the pain, which is usually constant and annoying when you move your joints or contract your muscles.
Remedies for tendonitis
- Massage the affected area: a light massage with creams or oils in the area where the pain is found helps reduce inflammation. Castor oil is ideal for reducing this type of pain, you can apply it to the area affected by the injury.
- Make hot or cold packs: this depends on the degree of inflammation that the affected area has. If the pain is not very strong it is better to use a cold pack, if instead, you have intense pain it is preferable to use a warm compress that will relax the tendon more.
- Resting: this option depends on the severity of tendinitis. If the pain and inflammation are very intense it is necessary to do a total rest, if instead, they are mild, you will just need to decrease your physical activity so that the tendons involved can heal gradually.
- Take anti-inflammatories: to speed up the healing process you can choose to take anti-inflammatories. The important thing is that they are non-steroidal drugs, such as ibuprofen. If you want you can use natural anti-inflammatories like pineapple or cucumber.
- Going to a physiotherapist: this is the most suitable choice, especially for athletes. Injuries caused by sporting activities deserve appropriate treatment. Going to a sports physiotherapist is ideal for recovering tendons through specific therapies.
Tendonitis is not an extremely serious condition but must be treated carefully. Don’t take the messages your body sends you lightly. Put into practice the suggestions we have given you, so you can work out quietly without risking injuries. Take care of your body, it is the most precious asset you have!