Health and fitness: Tendonitis can be eased with rest, supplements

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By Kent Pegg

Tendonitis is a painful condition that affects millions of Americans each year.

Tendonitis is an inflammation of the connective tissue that attaches muscle to bone. The most common symptoms of tendonitis are pain, tenderness and limited range of motion.

Every time a muscle contracts it places stress on the tendons that attach that muscle to bone. Too much stress placed on these tendons causes inflammation.

Events that often trigger tendonitis include excessive repetitive motions, poor biomechanics, over-working muscles and strength imbalances between opposing muscle groups.

Some areas of the body are more prone to tendonitis than others. Common tendon-related problems include:


• Biceps tendonitis, which affects the tendons that attach the biceps in the front of the shoulder or at the front of the elbow;

• Supraspinatus tendonitis, which is felt at the tip or outer portion of the shoulder. Often referred to as “swimmer’s shoulder,” it is caused by repetitive overhead movements;

• Triceps tendonitis, which occurs at the back of the arm, above the tip of the elbow. Throwing motions, hammering, or jarring movements are often the cause;

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