Holistic Treatment for Back and Neck Tendonitis in Bristol, TN
Tendonitis is a common condition effecting the legs, feet and hands. However, most painfully of all are the back and neck. Tendonitis in this area can be intolerable. Luckily there are holistic treatment options available.
Whether you’re sitting, standing or lying down, your back, neck and spine are constantly involved and activated. It’s this constant engagement that makes back and neck tendonitis so troublesome. Not only does this put you in nearly never-ending pain, it puts stress on back joints known as facet joints. This stress and strain can cause these joints to deteriorate over, often forcing you into a natural protective reflex known as guarding.
When a joint is damaged and/or inflamed, the reflex known as guarding causes the muscles supporting the spine to support the weight back joints can no longer hold. As a short term response this is fine, but if chronic (long term) problems are present, muscles will eventually become fatigued and inflamed themselves… resulting in tendonitis of the back or neck.
Symptoms of Back and Neck Tendonitis
The most common symptoms of tendonitis in the back or neck include:
- Localized and radiating pain
- Limited capacity for movement (stiffness)
Common Examples of Back and Neck Tendonitis
Rotator cuff tendonitis: Resulting from a shoulder injury or overuse, rotator cuff tendonitis commonly presents with sudden pain to the upper shoulder and upper portion of the arms. Difficulty extending your arm above your head may also be experienced.
Impingement syndrome: Similar to rotator cuff tendonitis, impingement syndrome may present with the same symptoms, but from a different cause. Impingement syndrome occurs when tendons are pinched between two structures that perform rotating functions in the shoulder (bone, etc.).
Bicipital tendonitis: Located in the upper portion of your arm, the bicep connects to the front and side of the shoulder. If inflamed, the bicep can generate pain in the shoulder or pain in your forearm and/or elbow (radiating pain). This pain typically causes those with bicipital tendonitis to compensate, straining the back/neck until tendonitis forms in that area too.
Cervicogenic headache: While not exactly tendonitis. Inflammation of the muscles around the spine can cause referred pain in other areas of your body. If located in the upper portion of the spine, tendonitis may create a headache, the same nerves affected by upper spine tendonitis handle the head as well.
Causes of Neck/ Back Tendonitis
Those with rheumatoid arthritis, gout, psoriasis, thyroid disease, and infection are more likely to develop tendonitis of the back or neck. Athletes, those who do manual labor, people who have experienced trauma (like whiplash), people with incorrect posture and people who work on the computer are all at risk.
Holistic Treatments for Tendonitis of the Back and Neck
- Electrical stimulation
- Laser therapy
- Increasing core strength
- RICE or PRICEMM (Protection, Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation, Medication, and Physical Therapy Modalities)
- Physical therapy
- Chiropractic care
- Osteopathic manipulation
- Trigger point injections
- Improving/ correcting poor posture
- Acupuncture therapy
- Prolozone therapy
- Lowering general inflammation and beginning an anti-inflammatory diet rich in omega-3s
- Platelet-rich plasma injections
If you have severe back or neck pain that interferes with your day-to-day life and you’d like relief, it could start with a call about holistic treatment options.
Request more information about Holistic Treatment for Back and Neck Tendonitis today. Call (423) 301-6964 or contact Tri-Cities Functional Medicine online.
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