Chronic tendonitis (or chronic tendinitis) occurs when a tendon near a joint becomes inflamed, usually because of repetitive overuse. The condition will typically affect patients in the shoulder, elbow, knee, ankle and ankle areas, as these are the most active and stressed joints.
Close to 4 million people in the United States seek treatment each year for symptoms of tennis elbow alone! This is one of the most common locations for chronic tendonitis and is quite common among athletes. Swinging a golf club or a tennis racquet repetitively can wear on a person's tendons and cause them to become inflamed.
Until recently, treatment options for patients with chronic tendonitis have been limited to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAID's) and stretching exercises. However, ultrasound treatment is quickly becoming very popular for treating this problem as results have been very positive. Ultrasound therapy speeds up the healing process while treating scar tissue. This is important in any joint because scar tissue that builds up on the tendon tissue makes the tendon less flexible, sore and more prone to injury. Getting rid of scar tissue is the only way to get your ankle back to normal.
A Personal Ultrasound kit is great for tendonitis because you can treat yourself continuously without delay. It is the same ultrasound therapy you would get from a therapist, however it is more convenient and less costly to have your own ultrasound kit at home. Best of all, you get more treatments every day (up to 3 treatments) which means faster healing!
Patients with chronic tendonitis should avoid activities that aggravate the condition, to allow the tendon to heal properly.
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