Tendinitis is an uncomfortable condition that plagues a lot of people.
Tendinitis is the inflammation of the tendons, those tough bands of connective tissue that connect muscle tissue to bone, and make movement possible.
The simplicity of the definition belies the painful and sometimes debilitating nature of this condition.
The good news is that most cases of tendinitis are tied directly to overuse or improper use. Once you stop doing whatever caused the injury in the first place, you can expect tendinitis to begin to resolve.
There are, however, resistant cases that do not respond to rest, or seem to spontaneously generate with no clear known progenitor.
In cases such as this, thinking outside the box of traditional treatment may bring you the relief that has otherwise eluded you.
The most popular and easily accessible alternative medicine modality in general is Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM. This is especially good news for people who suffer from tendinitis, because TCM has made a special study of tendinitis and has many very effective ways to deal with it. The most widely known is acupuncture.
There are several documented cases of acupuncture treatment giving nearly complete relief from tendinitis pain with only one treatment, although this is unusual.
While you may be one of the lucky ones for whom relief is instantaneous, you should plan on having a series of acupuncture treatments with an appropriate practitioner.
Less well known, yet just as effective, is the TCM practice of using herbs. TCM has herbal preparations that you take internally, often in the form of teas, as well as herbal preparations that are applied externally to the skin.
Chinese patent medicines are also available to treat tendinitis. Patent medicines have, in many cases, been used safely for centuries or more. The real key to successful treatment with patent medicines is having the advice of a skilled practitioner to recommend the correct product.
The key to properly accessing these treatment modalities is not a book, hearsay, advertisements, or even websites. The value of a skilled practitioner, who is both experienced and educated in this system of treatment, cannot be overstated.
In short, go to that part of town where a large part of the signs are written in Chinese, and find a Chinese physician. They will be happy to consult with you and begin treating your tendinitis with TCM.