Tendinitis services in Brunswick, ME

Tendinitis causes over 70,000 people to miss work every year because of the associated pain and mobility limitations. At Hand Therapy Treatment and Education Center, LLP in Brunswick, Maine, Mary Woodbury, OTR/L, CHT, rehabilitates upper extremity tendinitis with conservative occupational therapy. Call Hand Therapy Treatment and Education Center, LLP, or book an occupational therapy consultation online today.

Tendinitis Q&A

What causes tendinitis?

You have many fibrous tissues throughout your body connecting muscle to bone. They’re called tendons and are an essential part of your musculoskeletal system. Your tendons allow your joints and bones to move: When they become inflamed, the resulting condition is called tendinitis.

Tendinitis symptoms usually appear gradually from repeated movements. But it’s also possible to develop tendinitis from a sudden tendon injury. Your risk of getting tendinitis is lowest when you move correctly. But even correct movements can harm your tendons if you do them over and over.

Many people get tendinitis from repetitive motions they perform at work or in some sports. Your provider at Hand Therapy Treatment and Education Center, LLP, explores the possible causes of your upper extremity tendinitis based on the affected tendon and your lifestyle.

What are the main symptoms of tendinitis in the upper extremities?

The tendons in your upper extremities control your arm and hand movements. You might develop upper extremity tendinitis from repetitive movements like throwing, reaching upward, or scrubbing.

Tendinitis symptoms you’re likely to experience include:

  • Pain with movement
  • Swelling
  • Grating sensation with joint movement
  • Tenderness

Tendinitis has similar symptoms to several other conditions, including arthritis and fractures. X-rays can show tendon inflammation and help diagnose and evaluate tendinitis in your upper extremities.

How does hand therapy treat tendinitis?

Hand Therapy Treatment and Education Center, LLP, specializes in personalized occupational therapy for your inflamed tendon. Occupational therapy aims to restore function to the injured tendon so that you can continue completing everyday tasks and engaging in daily activities.

Occupational therapy typically uses more than one strategy to help your tendon heal and reduce pain while restoring any lost function. You might benefit from:

  • Strengthening exercises
  • Range-of-motion exercises
  • Custom splinting
  • Activity changes
  • Treatments that use tools or physical agents (such as heat, cold, or energy)

You get the best results from occupational therapy when you’re consistent and dedicated to your treatment plan. Your provider tells you how often you should visit Hand Therapy Treatment Education Center, LLP, and informs you of activities you should modify at home as you rehabilitate the injury.

Call Hand Therapy Treatment and Education Center, LLP, today or book an occupational therapy consultation online to rehabilitate your tendinitis with personalized care.