Tendon Injection

tendon injection for pain and inflammation at progressive integrated healthcare of dallas chiropractor and family wellness nurse practitioner

Tendons are fibrous tissue that connect your muscles to your bones. These tissues help control physical actions such as running, jumping, grabbing, and lifting. Without tendons, you wouldn’t be able to control your body’s movements. Tendons are what allows muscles to bend and straighten joints when they contract. Most tendons are surrounded by a sheath, or sleeve, of synovial tissue. These produce tiny amounts of fluid that acts as a lubricant for the tendon, allowing it to slide smoothly over the joint and work effectively.

Certain tendons in the body are more susceptible to injury, inflammation, and wearing. These tendons can be found in the hands, feet, wrists, and elbows to name a few. Because these tendons are more susceptible to injury, tendon inflammation occurs more commonly in these areas. However, tendon damage can occur anywhere in the body, including those in the shoulders and knees. Some of the most common symptoms of tendon inflammation are:

  • Joint stiffness, or difficulty moving
  • Joint swelling
  • Joint pain
  • Joint tenderness
  • Redness of the skin over the tendon

If any of the above apply, Dr. Adams will conduct a thorough health screening and evaluate your condition. If the tissues around a tendon are painful, swollen or difficult to move, tendon injections may be beneficial. While tendon injections on their own provide immediate pain relief, it is not a permanent cure. However, alongside other treatments such as physiotherapy, chiropractic and other forms of joint therapy, your condition may heal for the long-term.

Why Tendon Injections?

Injecting the affected tendon with a steroid shot is successful in reducing inflammation and pain while increasing movement and flexibility. If your condition was caused by an infection, Dr. Adams may prescribe antibiotics to fight the infection.

In some inflammatory conditions, the synovial tissue becomes thick and irritable. When this happens, it can produce too much fluid and end up causing pain. Injecting steroid medicine into the fluid within the tendon is effective in treating the inflammation, decreasing the pain, and increasing movement in that area.

Diagnosis of tendon inflammation requires a physical exam of the affected area. Based on your health screening and imaging, Dr. Adams may recommend tendon injections in conjunction with other forms of chiropractic care and physical therapy. Treatment will depend on your symptoms, the underlying cause of your symptoms, and the results of your screening. Tendon injections will reduce pain right away. Patients will immediately feel the effects of the injection and experience an instant sensation. The tendon injection will peak at about 5 to 7 days after the procedure, when you feel its maximum effect.

Tendon Inflammation

Tendon inflammation is typically the result of injury, abuse, and overuse of the tendon surrounding the muscle. It’s not limited to athletes, however; tendon inflammation is also common among those who perform repetitive activities, such as assembly-line work, weeding, writing, and typing. For this reason, individuals who work certain jobs have a greater risk of developing tendon inflammation, including:

  • Carpenters
  • Dentists
  • Musicians
  • Office workers

Tendon injury can also result from repetitive-stress activities such as prolonged physical activities, running, and standing in the same position for long periods of time. Additionally, tendon inflammation can be due to underlying health conditions. Some examples of health conditions that may lead to tendon inflammation are:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Gout
  • Scleroderma
  • Diabetes

Other Treatments for Tendon Inflammation

Tendon inflammation treatment focuses on reducing the inflammation, and ultimately the pain. It’s best to rest the affected area and stop the activities that caused the injury in the first place. In addition to tendon injections, applying heat or cold may also reduce swelling and pain. Dr. Adams utilizes a variety of therapies alongside tendon injections to treat inflammation and pain, including:

  • Massage therapy
  • Stretching
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
  • Ultrasound therapy

If your condition is due to an underlying health issue, such as arthritis or gout, Dr. Adams may also include medications along with tendon injections to treat these disorders. Once the tendon heals, Dr. Adams may also use physical therapy to help strengthen the muscles surrounding the area. Strengthening the muscle helps protect the tendon from injury in the future.

Accepting New Patients

Dr. Adams and his clinic at Progressive Integrated Healthcare of Dallas can diagnose and treat your tendon pain with tendon injections along with other forms of therapy. We understand that you want to be out of pain as soon as possible, and we offer a full range of pain relief, including tendon injections directly into the source of the pain. Dr. Adams and his clinic at Progressive Integrated Healthcare of Dallas is currently accepting new patients. Fill out our new patient online form here or call our office to schedule a consultation today.

Contact Us

Progressive Integrated Healthcare
7557 Rambler Rd
Suite 110
Dallas, TX 75231
Phone: (972) 587-7246

Open Hours

Monday:
8:00AM to 12:30pm
3:00PM to 6:30PM

Tuesday:
8:00AM to 12:30pm
3:00PM to 6:30PM

Wednesday:
8:00AM to 12:30pm
3:00PM to 6:30PM

Thursday:
8:00AM to 12:30pm
3:00PM to 6:30PM

Friday:
8:00AM to 12:30PM
2:00PM to 5:00PM

Conveniently Located

Tendon injections are an effective way to treat tendon pain and inflammation, which is a result of injury or overuse.