Tendinitis usually affects individuals who have not sufficiently warmed up before performing certain activities such as jogging. An athlete can be badly affected by calcaneal tendinopathy or rupture his or her Achilles tendon.
Tendinitis is an injury that usually occurs in adults. It results in a tendon inflammation localized near their area of insertion with the bone. During a violent shock, the tendon may be ruptured. Tendinitis is manifested by pain in the tendons. The pain intensifies when the affected area is touched or when the patient tries to move it. Tenosynovitis can occur when the inflammation reaches the synovial membrane located around the tendon. In some cases, tendinitis is accompanied by muscle spasms. It usually affects the feet, elbows, shoulders, wrists and knees as well as other joints in the body.
The homoeopathic treatment of tendinitis consist of administering the subject 5 granules of a specific remedy twice a day over a two-week period. This remedy varies depending on the symptoms. When the tendons are contracted and extremely stiff, it is advised to take Causticum 7 CH, especially if the pain restricts movements and prevents a full range of motion. In general, taking Rhus toxicondendron 5 CH helps to eliminate the sensation of stiffness. A person subject to pain that can only be alleviated by changing the position of the limbs should take Ruta graveolens 5 CH.
Treatment also varies depending on the location of the lesion. Tendinitis affecting the ankle can be healed with the help of Ledum palustre 5 CH. To treat tendinitis in the elbow, it is recommended to take a combination of Kali bichromicum 5 CH and Symphytum 5 CH.
Ferrum metallicum 5 CH, Sticta pulmonaria 5 CH and Ammonium muriaticum are respectively used in the treatment of tendinitis that affects the shoulder, knee and wrist. As for subjects with a swollen tendon, they will need to take Hedoema pulegioides 5 CH.
Guaiacum helps to relieve the feeling of stiffness. To alleviate tendinitis that manifests itself through muscle spasm, it is recommended to take 2 granules of Magnesia phosphorica 15 CH and of Chamomilla 15 CH every hour. Causticum 5 CH also helps to relieve stiffness. The treatment may also be prescribed according to the causes of tendinitis. For example, a condition resulting from excessive stress placed on the tendons during physical effort should be treated with Arnica montana. For tendinitis that is caused by violent and sudden exertion, it is advisable to take Rhus toxidendron. Finally, tendinitis due to a sprain can be treated with Ruta graveolens.
It is also indicated to see a doctor when the pain becomes unbearable or if the patient can no longer walk. In addition, one should pay attention to and detect certain signs, such a sensation simulating a tear or joint instability, before consulting a doctor. Note that the appearance of a haematoma under the foot may indicate a fracture. Moreover, the appearance of a bruise and swelling on the affected areas are two signs indicating the need for a medical consultation.
Good to know: Homoeopathy helps to treat the symptoms of tendinitis. Local application of Rhus toxicodendron ointment with a 4% mother tincture carried out during 2 to 3 days proves to be an effective form of treatment of this inflammation. To speed up the healing process, it is recommended for the patient to observe a period of rest.