Tendinitis and Aging

Tendinitis and aging have a very strong connection for one simple reason; getting old.

There are several risk factors involved with this very painful condition, but by far and away the single largest risk factor is the aging process itself.

While this condition can and does affect people of all ages, once we hit the 50 year old mark and older, we become its largest target group.

However, one of the biggest misconceptions about this condition, is that is most commonly associated with some type of sport.

While this may be true in some cases, it can and does happen to a lot of us over the age of 55 by doing simple daily tasks that never used to bother us at all.

The Connection With Tendinitis Begins With How it Will Affect Us

The connection between Tendinitis and aging begins on where it will affect us as we all get older.

Here are the most common places in our body that will be affected.

  • Our elbows and our wrists
  • The base of our thumbs, which is very troubling
  • Our shoulders and tendons around our shoulders
  • Our knees and our hips
  • Our Achilles tendon, also very troubling.

This very painful condition can be triggered by some type of an injury as we get older, but in the vast majority of cases it is triggered by bad posture and not stretching.

While this may sound a bit silly, if you step back and think about it, we all need to take my Doctors advice on preventing this condition.

I have had this very painful condition several times in the last 12-13 years, and they all seemed to come once I passed the age of 50.

The last time I went to the doctor he asked me if I ever watched my dog get up.

This question really mystified me and asked him what the heck owing a dog has to do with Tendinitis and aging.

Watch Your Dog Stretch

He simply said, as he knew I had a dog as both of us our very big on rescuing dogs, that if you watch your dog get up, he or she will do the same thing every time.

In fact, they do this before they do anything else.

When they first get up they will “stretch” their front legs all the way out and then they will “stretch” their back legs.

Then they will walk. However, not before they “stretch”.

He told me if I would do this when I first get out of bed and before I do any activity, I can avoid it all together in most cases.

If you really take a moment and think about it, this is exactly what they do each and every time.

Here are some of the other risk factors with Tendinitis and aging.

  • A slight difference in the length of one of our limbs.
  • Some type of arthritis that may be affecting us.
  • Overdoing any type of activity without warming up and stretching
  • An infection of some kind.

If we have type of abnormality where any of your bones and joints and slightly different in length, as we age, this can and will trigger this condition.

Any form of arthritis including gout, can also trigger it, as well as not stretching and loosening our muscles. 

A Scratch or Bite Can Cause Infections and Trigger Tendinitis and Aging

What is not well known is that a dog or cat bite or scratch even to our hands or fingers, can also trigger it.

While this condition is also referred to as Tennis or Golfers elbow as well as Pitchers and Swimmers shoulder, as we get older, even simple tasks can trigger it.

Here are some of the common activities that are common with Tendinitis and aging.

  • Scrubbing the floors or painting
  • Shoveling of any kind
  • Cleaning house and vacuuming
  • Gardening, especially bending on your knees
  • Raking your lawn or leaves

As we all get older, these simple tasks that we used to do with no issues at all, will now begin to bother us to the point of being painful if we do not use precautions.

This condition is best described as a slight to moderate irritation of one of the affected tendons.

It can easily affect several of the myriad of tendons that attach to the muscle of our bones, and as a result, it will affect them just outside of the joint area.

This is the major reason why the affects near our thumb and Achilles area is so troubling, as it can make even the simplest of movements painful.

The Most Common Symptoms

Here are the most common symptoms of Tendinitis and aging

  • A slight pain near the site of the affected tendon
  • The pain will begin to grow slowing in most cases
  • The pain may also hit very suddenly and sharply
  • The sudden loss of movement in the should area
  • Tenderness and mild swelling in the affected areas

The pain that we will experience will all center on the actual location of the affected tendon, and it can be very slight, or moderate to strong.

It can also hit us very sharply and quite severe, especially if there is any type of calcium deposit near the affected location.

In the vast majority of cases with Tendinitis and aging, it can be treated with no real long term ramifications.

However, it can also cause the affected tendon to rupture, and if this does occur, the only way to treat it is with surgery.

The most common way to treat this potentially painful condition is what is referred R.I.C.E. and some form of pain medication.

R.I.C.E stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation

Once we have identified what has happened, the first thing we need to do is to rest the affected tendon.

We Must Stop The Pressure

The last thing we want to do in our age group of 55 or older, is to keep putting pressure on it.

However, rest DOES NOT imply complete bed rest; instead, it simply means not to stress the affected tendon until healed.

Placing ice on the affected area will help in several ways as it helps slow and eliminate the pain, and will also slow and eliminate the swelling. 

If the pain is moderate to severe, a compression wrap also is very helpful.

If the affected tendon is on our knee or Achilles heel, the best way to rest it is to elevate it above the heart while lying flat.

This will help to rapidly reduce the swelling.

Common over the counter pain relievers such as Aleve, Motrin, or Advil can also help with the pain and tenderness.

There are also newer forms of topical creams that have used in Europe for years and are also very effective.

The nice thing about these as treatments is that they attack the pain naturally and do not have the side effects that Aleve, Motrin, or Advil can have.

However, the best prevention and natural treatment with Tendinitis and aging is to emulate what your dog does and “stretch”.

References

http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/arthritis-tendinitis#2

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