Elbow tendinosis is a non-inflammatory degeneration of the collagen fibers of one or more elbow tendons. The four major tendons that can be affected by tendinosis are the bicep tendon, the tricep tendon, the lateral epicondyle tendon and the medial epicondyle tendon.
When you are diagnosed with rotator cuff tendinosis, one or more of the tendons in the elbow have developed small tears in its sheath, the tissue surrounding the tendon. The speed of tissue damage has exceeded the healing process eventually leading to an accumulation of damage to the tendon until it is not able to heal properly. The tendon fibers break down to a point where the once straight, strong, flexible bundle of collagen fibers become weakened by abnormally formed fibers that look more like a mess of strands.
Elbow tendinosis tissue breakdown is often caused by repetitive stress on the tendon fibers. Overuse and not enough time to rest does not allow the tendonís fibers the time required to heal properly. Tendinosis can also occur following an acute injury to the tendon, however, it does not appear until long after the injury occurs. If an acute injury is not given enough rest to heal, re-injury may continue to occur faster than the tendon can heal. This will eventually lead to degeneration of the collagen fibres as well.
Since there is no inflammation with tendinosis you may not experience swelling, heat or redness. However, you will experience pain, tenderness and stiffness within the tendons of the elbow where the tissue degeneration has occurred.
Symptoms of Elbow Tendinosis
Symptoms of elbow tendinosis come on gradually over time, eventually elbow joint movements quite uncomfortable. With tendinosis you may experience:
- An ache or pain with slight swelling in the upper forearm or lower bicep or tricep that causes you to not want to move your elbow to certain positions.
- Stiffness and limited range of motion in the elbow joint.
- Terrible pain at night when lying on the affected elbow.
- Difficulty with simple movements such as brushing hair, putting on your shirt or jacket, reaching the arm above shoulder height or behind your back.
- Mild weakness in the elbow joint, but not as much as if the tendon was torn.
- The tendon is jellylike which makes it soft, weak and unable to function as required. It may even feel sponge-like due to fluid buildup and inflammation.
Causes of Rotator Cuff Tendinosis
- Overuse of the tendon with repetitive motion such as encountered in many sports such as tennis, golf or even using a wii controller.
- Weak and fatigued muscles cause improper movement of the elbow joint, creating excess stress and damage on certain tendons.
- Aging; as we get older our tendons become more brittle and therefore more prone to injury.
- Previous injury to the tendon or an associated condition such as arthritis, diabetes, and thyroid disease.
Tendinosis Treatments - What You Can Do!
The trick to treating tendinosis is promoting the regeneration and realignment of type I collagen tissue to replace the abnormal collagen tissue that has formed over time. In addition, it is essential to soften the scar tissue that has built up to reduce the tightness and improve the elasticity of your injured elbow tendon.
Through a treament method we term BFST®, the Elbow Inferno Wrap® can be an incredibly effective and painless method that promotes the growth of normal collagen tissue in the tendon while minimizing the creation of scar tissue and softening scar tissue that has already developed. Without treatment, abnormal collagen fibres will continue to form as damage occurs leaving your tendon soft, weak and at risk of a complete rupture - something that will require surgery to repair.
Although resting your injured elbow is an important part of the healing process, resting a tendon inflicted with tendinosis too much can result in the entire area becoming weak and vulnerable, significantly reducing the range of motion or increasing the chance of chronic pain or re-injury. Therefore, it is recommended that you continue to use your elbow gently to prevent the joint from weakening and atrophy setting in. Gradual physical therapy exercises are recommended along with use of the Elbow Freezie Wrap® for minimizing pain and swelling, and use of the Elbow Inferno Wrap® for Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™.
Due to scar tissue build up on the tendon and the amount of abnormally formed collagen, it can takes months to soften the scar tissue and improve the tissue of the tendon. With Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy (BFST®) you can treat scar tissue and promote blood flow to heal injured tendons faster and more completely than any other method available for use at home.
During the healing process, scar tissue builds on the tendon and can attach the inner layers of the tendon to the surrounding paratenon that it glides through, limiting the flexibility and movement of the tendon. Fortunately, you can treat your tendon with therapeutic Inferno Wraps® to soften scar tissue and reduce the friction that happens between the tendon and the sheath.
Not only does the Inferno Wrap® aid in healing, but it helps to prevent long term complications. Chronic pain, lack of mobility, frozen shoulder, or a complete tendon rupture are some of the more common long term complications. By treating your tendon with BFST®, scar tissue becomes softer and the tissue becomes stronger reducing the risk of chronic problems in the future.
If you are suffering from long term complications of existing elbow tendon injuries, our BFST® devices can help. As referenced on the home page, use of the Inferno Wrap® softens scar and fibrous tissue that has built up over time on the tendon and increases elasticity in muscle tissue, helping restore range of motion in your elbow.
Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy
Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy, or BFST®, will help to warm and loosen your tendon tendon which will relieve the tight feeling in the tendon.
BFST® increases the amount of blood that flows naturally to your elbow, without the need for painful movements, to nourish your tendons, ligaments and muscles which will improve the health of the tendon and surrounding tissue.
Tendons naturally receive a limited blood supply compared to other soft tissue in the body and this significantly reduces a tendon's natural ability to heal itself.
By treating your elbow tendinosis with BFST® you can increase your body's blood supply to the elbow and increase your body's natural healing power. In addition, the fresh blood flow whisks away dead cells and toxins that have built up from the injury leaving the area clean and able to heal faster.
The Shoulder Inferno Wrap® provides the most effective BFST® to give you non-invasive, non-addictive pain relief and healing with no side effects.
Remember: We recommend that you consult your doctor and/or physiotherapist before using any of our outstanding products, to make sure they're right for you and your condition.
During your recovery, you will probably have to modify and/or reduce any activities that cause pain or discomfort in your shoulder until your pain and inflammation settle. With these easy therapies you will notice incredible improvement in your tendon. The more diligent you are with your treatment and rehabilitation, the faster you will see successful results!
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