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Physical Therapy Treatment For Tendonitis

Physical Therapy Treatment For Tendonitis to Alleviate the Pain

It’s not uncommon for patients to delay seeking treatment for tendonitis. Often, they feel if they wait a few weeks, the pain will subside on its own. When the nagging pain continues to linger, they finally seek professional treatment. We always urge our patients to consider expert advice as soon as the injury occurs, or pain begins to get a head start on the proper healing process.

Let’s take a look at tendonitis and common treatment options for the condition.

What is Tendonitis?

Tendonitis, also referred to as tendinitis, is the irritation and inflammation of the tendons (the suffix “itis” means inflammation). Tendonitis tends to cause deep pain that limits routine movements. Typically, we see tendonitis occur in athletes who have suffered an acute injury that forced the tendon to stretch beyond the normal range of motion. Patients may experience nagging pain, swelling, warmth and even redness in a localized area. The foot and bicep are common areas affected by tendonitis.

How is Tendonitis Different from Tendinosis?

Tendonitis is different from tendinosis, which refers to the deterioration of the tendon without inflammation. The degeneration found in tendinosis can lead to changes in the structure or composition of the tendon. It is typically caused by repetitive micro-traumas or long-term overuse injuries. Unlike tendonitis, which can often be treated in as quickly as a month, tendinosis can take a few months of treatment to heal.

While the two conditions sound similar, they are treated differently.

What is the Treatment for Tendonitis?

Here’s a glimpse at what your customized treatment for tendonitis may look like at Twin Boro.

  • Assessment: The first phase of treatment begins with an evaluation and assessment of your injury. Tendonitis is usually for a recent event.  Movement tends to cause increased pain. You may experience a feeling sensation of “cracking or grating” when the tendon is moving. Swelling, heat, redness, and even a lump, may be present.  
  • Customized Treatment Plan: Once the diagnosis is confirmed, your therapist will create a customized treatment plan. The use of ice of other cold treatments can be used to decrease pain and inflammation. Manual therapy is used to regain normal movement of the tendon and joint and exercises are started to begin the process of regaining normal function.  
  • Therapeutic Exercise Program: Your personal therapeutic exercise program includes the use of flexibility and strengthening exercises, unique to you. The combination is enhanced through the application of manual therapy. Our therapists will focus on improving the flexibility and range of motion through stretching and balancing exercises.
  • Education: A critical part of our treatment for tendonitis at Twin Boro Physical Therapy and Fitness includes education on returning to physical activity. Through our unique One2Four method, your Physical Therapist will advise you on the appropriate level of activity at each stage of your rehabilitation process. We will also provide home program instructions so you can return to your daily activities as quickly and safely as possible.

Before long, you’ll be back playing sports and doing the activities you love.

Physical Therapy and Treatment for Tendonitis

When addressed in a timely manner, treatment for tendonitis can provide relief for those suffering from pain and inflammation due to this condition. Using treatment protocol to decrease inflammation, hands on therapy and unique therapy exercises, we’ll help you regain or improve function so you can live an active, pain-free life.

Call the skilled experts at1-732-444-3578 or schedule an appointment to learn more about the Twin Boro Physical Therapy and treatment plans for tendonitis.

Why Choose Twin Boro Physical Therapy

Voted Readers’ Choice Best of New Jersey, Twin Boro has provided NJ residents with high quality physical therapy and rehab for over 38 years! It’s our award-winning approach, proven results and reputation that sets us apart. By incorporating the One2Four program into each patient’s program, the latest and most reliable scientific research and techniques are incorporated into effective evidence-based practice. We deliver only the highest standard of care with the unique One2Four approach.

It’s no surprise that Twin Boro Physical Therapy has also been voted the best physical therapy practice in New Jersey by the readers of

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