How to prevent and repair tendonitis

What you should know about Tendonitis

Let us start by defining, what is tendonitis? Tendonitis is an inflammation or irritation of a tendon, a think cord that attaches bone to muscle.

Tendonitis is most often caused by repetitive, minor impact on the affected area, or from a sudden more serious injury.

Some common tendencies that can contribute to causing a flare up are incorrect posture at work or home, poor conditioning before exercise. Other risk factors include:

  • An abnormal or poorly placed bone or joint
  • Stress from other conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, gout, psoriatic arthritis, thyroid disorders, or unusual medication reactions.
  • Overuse or doing too much too soon when the tendons are not used to making a movement or doing the task taken on. Tendonitis is common in “weekend warriors,” people that play and exercise hard only on weekends.

One of the keys to our success with treating tendinopathies includes research done by Professor Keith Baar and colleagues. Through his research he has found a “secret sauce” of sorts to improve the strength and thickness of injured tendons.

  • Supplementation with 15 grams of Gelatin and 5-15 grams of Vitamin C, 1 hour before exercise.
    • Recommended companies (Vital Protein, Aspen Naturals, Great Lakes)
  • Followed by 5-10 minutes of either.
    • Isometrics
    • Eccentric
    • Or slow controlled movement
      • Example using the squat.
        • 6 seconds down
        • 6 seconds up
  • This should be performed 3x a day with 6 hour breaks between for 4-6 weeks.
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