Physical therapy for tendonitis in Littleton, Colorado

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Meet with the best tendonitis physical therapists in Littleton, Colorado

Littleton, Colorado, Luna’s experienced team of physical therapists specializes in the reduction of the symptoms associated with tendonitis. With a professional regimen of passive and active treatments, patients with tendonitis can get back to the activities they love soon and safely. Our licensed PTs will work with you to create a therapy plan that addresses your specific goals and concerns.

With Luna, patients can get tendonitis treatment in the comfort of their homes. It’s physical therapy, delivered.

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What is tendonitis?

Tendonitis (or ‘tendinitis’) is defined as the inflammation or irritation of any tendon in the body. Tendons, the thick cords attaching the muscles to the bones, can become irritated or inflamed with repetitive minor impacts or with a single major impact. The most commonly affected tendons are located in the elbow, the base of the thumb, the shoulder, the hip, the knee, and the Achilles tendon.

Pain from tendonitis can be sudden and severe, or it can build gradually over time. In severe cases, patients may experience restricted motion in the affected joint. Tendonitis is most common in patients over the age of 40, although anyone — and athletes especially — can develop the condition as a result of overuse or misuse of the tendons.

Source: WebMD

Tendonitis symptoms

The symptoms of tendonitis, which include aching, tenderness, and mild swelling, usually occur at the point where the tendon attaches to the bone. Many patients notice that this pain increases when they move the affected limb or joint. In the most severe cases, the tendon can rupture, requiring surgery.

Tendonitis goes by different names when it affects different parts of the body. Tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, pitcher’s shoulder, swimmer’s shoulder, and jumper’s knee, for example, all refer to forms of tendonitis associated with the specific activities that can cause them.

The most common symptoms of tendonitis include:

  • A dull, aching pain in the affected region
  • Tenderness
  • Mild swelling

Source: Mayo Clinic

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What causes tendonitis?

Because tendons become less flexible with age, most cases of tendonitis occur in patients over the age of 40. The greatest risk factor for tendonitis, however, is a job or hobby that involves repetitive motion. It’s possible for tendonitis to be caused by a sudden injury, however it’s far more likely to develop as a result of frequent and repetitive motions.

Tendonitis is quite common in patients whose jobs involve awkward positions, overhead reaching, or repetitive motions, and in patients who play baseball, basketball, golf, or tennis.

The most common causes of tendonitis include:

  • Age (over 40)
  • A job or hobby that requires frequent repetitive motion
  • Poor sports form or improper technique
  • Sudden impact or injury to the tendon
Source: Mayo Clinic

Physical therapy for tendonitis in Littleton, Colorado

Physical therapy for tendonitis focuses on pain relief first and restored motion later. An experienced physical therapist will begin by recommending activity modifications that can reduce the pain associated with tendonitis, and put the patient on the path to healing. Next, ice, heat, taping, splints, and manual therapy can all help to loosen the joint and stimulate change in the tissue.

Finally, a physical therapist can guide the patient through gradual exercise progressions of 5 to 10 percent per week. At this rate, the body will respond and grow stronger without becoming overloaded. Specific exercises will depend on the affected body part.

Source: SpineUniverse
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Frequently asked questions

Where are Luna therapists seeing patients?

Our therapists are available for in-home physical therapy appointments across the Littleton area. In all the neighborhoods we serve, we come to you to make the PT experience as convenient as possible.

Is physical therapy covered by insurance?

With Luna, you have access to a wide array of insurance plans, and we handle the benefits verification on your behalf. Your co-pay at Luna will always match the exact co-pay outlined in your insurance plan for a PT clinic visit. We welcome all major insurances and Medicare.

Is there a waiting list for new patients?

Absolutely not—we're committed to simplifying the process for patients to start their physical therapy. New patients are always welcome, and in most cases, the initial at-home physical therapy session can be scheduled within just 48 hours of signing up. Our therapists are available from 6:30 am to 8:30 pm, seven days a week, ensuring convenience for our patients. Check Availability.

Who are Luna’s physical therapists?

Luna's therapists boast extensive experience, with a minimum of 3 years in practice, often with even more years under their belt. Every therapist undergoes a comprehensive interview and background check. We select therapists who are deeply committed to providing superior care to their patients.

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