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Tendinitis IN Knoxville

What is Tendinitis?

Tendinitis, also known as tendonitis, is a condition that can happen when a tendon in your body becomes inflamed or irritated. Tendons are strong bands that attach your muscles to your bones. When they get swollen or irritated, it can cause pain and discomfort.

Shift Performance Physical Therapy, Knoxville

At Shift Performance Physical Therapy in Knoxville, we specialize in providing comprehensive care for athletes and active individuals grappling with tendinitis. Recognizing the significant impact this condition can have on your active lifestyle, we are dedicated to delivering personalized treatment plans to effectively manage tendinitis and facilitate a swift return to your favorite activities.

Identifying Symptoms and Diagnosing Tendinitis

Tendinitis, characterized by inflammation of the tendons, presents several symptoms:

  • Persistent, Acute Pain: Often occurring near joints during specific movements.
  • Swelling: Visible inflammation and puffiness in the affected area.
  • Stiffness in Joints: Reduced range of motion, often coupled with discomfort.
  • Muscle Weakness: Challenges in executing movements that were previously effortless.

Understanding the Root Causes of Tendinitis

Tendinitis arises from various factors, including:

  • Repetitive Strain: Sports or occupational activities involving repetitive motions can strain tendons.
  • Age-Related Wear and Tear: Aging tendons lose elasticity, heightening the risk of inflammation.
  • Acute Trauma: Falls or direct impacts can trigger tendinitis.

Customized Treatment Approaches at Shift Performance Physical Therapy

Our treatment strategies for tendinitis include:

  • Activity Adjustment: Vital for tendon recovery and healing.
  • Specialized Physical Therapy: Incorporating strengthening exercises and flexibility training to support tendon recovery.
  • Pain Management: Utilizing medications to alleviate discomfort and reduce inflammation.
  • Cold Therapy: Employed to decrease swelling and relieve pain.
  • Supportive Bracing: Provides necessary support, reducing strain on the tendon.

Recovery from tendinitis includes several crucial stages:

  • Rest and Rehab: Fundamental for healing; may require temporary cessation of certain activities.
  • Progress in Physical Therapy: Gradual improvement in strength and flexibility through specialized exercises.
  • Consistent Medication Regimen: Adherence to prescribed medication plans for effective pain management.
  • Lifestyle and Ergonomic Modifications: Implementing changes to avoid recurrence, such as ergonomic improvements at work or in sports settings.

Preventative Measures for Tendinitis

Proactive prevention of tendinitis involves:

  • Effective Warm-Up Routines: Essential before engaging in physical activities.
  • Regular Strength and Flexibility Training: Critical for maintaining tendon health.
  • Balanced Rest and Activity: Ensuring adequate recovery time between activities.

At Shift Performance Physical Therapy, we understand the impact of tendinitis on athletes and active individuals. We are committed to not just treating symptoms but also providing comprehensive care, including education on prevention and management strategies. Our team works closely with each patient, developing a treatment plan that addresses individual needs and goals.

If tendinitis is hindering your athletic performance or daily activities, Shift Performance Physical Therapy in Knoxville is here to offer expert care and support. Our experienced therapists provide thorough evaluations and develop tailored treatment plans to manage tendinitis effectively, helping you return to an active, fulfilling lifestyle. Contact us today to start your journey to recovery and rediscover the joy of movement without the constraints of tendinitis.


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Kaitlyn Beyer

Blake is awesome, an effective communicator and was quick to identify my ankle dysfunction with an old sports injury. The home exercise program was easy to follow and updated according to my individual progress. So pumped my ankle is feeling stronger, less painful, and ready to hit the trails! 

Breanna King

Blake was so awesome to work with! I came to Shift Performance because I was putting weight too much onto one leg while squatting due to an old ankle injury from a few years ago. I was worried about a potential knee or hip issue resulting from the compensation. He spent so much time watching and showing me when my form gave out, and gave me weekly exercises to supplement my normal CrossFit workouts to help strengthen my weaker leg. Since then I’ve progressed so much both in squatting and in single leg exercises. He speaks from experience from working out himself, so the direction he gives and workouts he assigns are spot on for what a fellow CrossFitter needs!