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Chiropractic Care for Tendonitis

Published Date: 
February 24, 2023
A man is suffering from tendonitis in his elbow.

Tendonitis is a painful condition that chiropractors can help with. With proper care, tendonitis can heal correctly so you avoid chronic pain.

Chiropractic treatment can provide relief for tendonitis by addressing the underlying problem of misaligned joints. When joints are out of alignment, muscles and tendons in the area may become strained, leading to inflammation and pain.

Chiropractic adjustment can help correct joint misalignments, allowing muscles and tendons to move freely again and decreasing pain. In addition, chiropractic treatment can reduce inflammation, improve circulation, and promote healing.

Tendonitis Causes and Symptoms

Tendonitis is caused by repetitive movement, overuse, or injury. Repetitive motion strains the tendon and can cause inflammation and pain. Overuse occurs when a particular tendon is overloaded with stress that it cannot handle, resulting in irritation and inflammation of the tendon. Injuries can be caused by direct trauma to the affected area or due to an underlying condition, such as arthritis. In some cases, no specific cause can be identified.

Common tendonitis symptoms include: 

  • Pain
  • Tenderness or stiffness around the affected area
  • Difficulty moving the affected joint due to pain
  • Swelling
  • Redness 
  • Warmth around the affected area
  • Popping or cracking in the affected joint

Will tendonitis heal on its own?

In some cases, tendonitis can heal on its own. Depending on the severity of the condition, it may take several weeks or months for the inflammation to subside. During this time, stretching can help manage symptoms. Gentle stretching exercises keep muscles flexible while strengthening exercises can help build up strength and improve overall joint health

Additionally, proper nutrition and lifestyle changes can also be beneficial for healing tendonitis. 

Can you ever fully recover from tendonitis?

The prognosis for complete recovery from tendonitis depends on several factors, including the severity of the injury, the type of treatment received, and overall health and lifestyle. In some cases, full recovery is possible with proper medical care and rehabilitation. However, there are instances when symptoms may persist despite treatment or may even worsen over time due to recurring strain or overuse.

How long does it take for tendonitis to heal?

On average, it takes between two and six weeks for tendonitis to heal. However, the exact time frame may vary depending on the severity of the condition, as well as the type of treatments being used. To speed up healing, a patient should rest their injury and avoid physical activity that aggravates or worsens symptoms.

What happens if you don't treat tendonitis?

If left untreated, tendonitis can lead to chronic pain and stiffness in the affected area. It can also cause the tendons to become more susceptible to future injuries. Without treatment, the inflammation and discomfort may worsen over time, leading to further damage and scarring of the tendons. 

In severe cases, long-term tendonitis can restrict movement and cause permanent disability or deformity. In some cases, untreated tendonitis can even rupture the affected tendons.

Ensure Tendonitis Can Heal Properly with Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care can be used to help people suffering from tendonitis. It works by addressing the underlying cause of the condition and providing relief from the associated symptoms. Chiropractors use various techniques, including spinal manipulation, muscle massage, stretching, and rehabilitative exercises, to help restore joint motion and reduce inflammation. 

A chiropractor is giving an arm adjustment to an elderly man with tendonitis.

By addressing the root cause of the condition and helping to facilitate healing, chiropractic care can provide lasting relief from symptoms associated with tendonitis.

Chiropractic Treatments for Tendonitis

Chiropractors may use several treatments to address tendonitis. These include: 

  • Manual therapy of the affected area to improve mobility and reduce pain
  • Ultrasound therapy to encourage healing
  • Electrical muscle stimulation to promote circulation and nerve activity in the affected area
  • Cold laser therapy to reduce inflammation and bring pain relief
  • Cryotherapy to reduce inflammation 

The chiropractor may also suggest exercises and stretches to help improve flexibility, strength, and range of motion in the affected area. In addition, they may recommend lifestyle changes to reduce stress and lessen the impact of tendonitis symptoms. Treatment plans are tailored to the individual's needs, so it is important to have an open dialogue with your doctor to get the best outcome.

A chiropractor is treating an adult male patient.


Chiropractic care can greatly complement traditional medical approaches, such as physical therapy or medication, and it can help you manage your tendonitis. It is important to remember that healing takes time, and the results of tendonitis treatment may vary; however, with a comprehensive treatment plan designed by your chiropractor, you can find relief and get back to life as usual.

Dr. Darren Faherty D.C.

In 2004, Dr. Darren Faherty graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from UWEC - University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. Dr. Darren continued education at the highly esteemed University of Western States (formerly Western States Chiropractic College) where he obtained his chiropractic degree in 2007. He has been helping people recover from injuries and return to their normal lifestyles ever since.

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