Inflammation of the tendons is called the tendonitis, and it is often consequence of some exceptional physical strain or excessive engaging in sports. Tendons are linked with joints, together with muscles and bones. In cases when you overstretch it, tendons tend to damage or sometime even crack or brake. Inflammation and pain are often symptoms of tendonitis. Side effect of tendonitis can also be rheumatic arthritis and bursitis, inflammation of burs sack (sack of fluid which is placed between bones and tendons and act like a cushion, in order to prevent friction between body parts).
Once injured, tendons need a very long time to heal, sometimes several months. Recurring injuries of tendon can also complicate full recovery, especially in cases when, as a product of recurring tendon injury, calcium deposits are starting to form. These injuries can be very painful, and stiffness and inflammation may follow.
Your doctor may prescribe you with some anti inflammatory medications, and also with pain killers. But main thing for you to do is to have a proper rest. Any moving or stretching of injured tendon may only worsen the symptoms. After the period of rest, you should try and choose for yourself good stretching exercise program, in order for you to heal completely your tendon injury, as well as to prevent future or recurrent injuries. Physical or physiotherapeutic massage is also a very good idea.
You can also try to change your daily diet. Herbs, vitamins and other necessary supplement may also help you, not just to heal, but to prevent future cases of tendonitis.
As one of this supplements, vitamin C is maybe most important. It has anti inflammatory characteristics, and you should take it on the daily basis, either trough food or as a supplement. Damage tendons or connecting tissues can be very successfully repaired by using vitamin E. Supplement of vitamin E is also an antioxidant, and as such, it helps nutrition the body.
Substance called glucosamine is also an excellent choice for your proper daily diet. It has no side effects, and it has the ability to restore and improve damaged tissues in tendons and surrounding areas.
Herbs and herbal teas are also important for your improved diet, as they tens to ease and heal the symptoms, calm you down in periods of strict rest, and strengthen the tendons and entire body, in order to prevent future injuries.
One of these herbs is evening primrose. Extract oil from this herb can provide with vital fatty acid called GLA. Presence of this acid in the body helps with pain and inflammations, and also heals damaged tissues.
Other useful herb is St. John’s wort herb, which is excellent remedy for nervous tensions during rest periods, and reliving of tendonitis symptoms, such as pain and inflammation. This herb can be found in three forms; as pill or a capsule, as oil extract, which is good for massage, or as a tea.