Tendinitis - Definition, Symptoms and Causes
What is Tendinitis?
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It is the inflammation of the tendons.
The tendons are a band of flexible, fibrous tissue that connects the muscles to the bone. When you want to move, your muscles contract, which transmits the force of contraction through the tendon that is wrapped around the bone. This results in the bone moving.
When the tendons become inflamed, movement is painful and hindered. Common tendons related to office injuries include the tendons in the shoulder, bicep, elbow and hand.
What Are the Symptoms of Tendinitis?
- Tenderness directly over the tendon
- Pain with movement of muscles and tendons
- Swelling of the tendon
What Are The Causes of Tendinitis?
- Overuse of the tendon causes a repetitive strain resulting in inflammation and reduced blood supply
How Do You Prevent Tendinitis?
- Stretch and warm up your upper limbs (shoulders, arms, wrists etc) before typing for extended periods of time
- Take frequent breaks
- Avoid typing fast and forcefully
Exercises To Prevent Wrist Tendinitis
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A Useful Read...
This book also covers Shoulder Pain, Elbow Pain, How to Cure Tendonitis.
Some useful devices to prevent tendinitis
See also Ergonomic Exercises.
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