Salvere Blog: Tendonitis, Bursitis, Fasciitis — Oh My!

How many of you experience some sort of hip, knee, foot or back pain? Either randomly or with regularity — Ever heard “oh its tendonitis”, “you have plantar fasciitis”, “must be bursitis”?  Then were you sent away with a brace or some sort of instruction to rest and/or ice?  Or some reason that it’s because of running or exercise?  Did yours disappear only to return months or years later?

Okay, so why all these questions. Lets investigate a little further.  First thing, lets define the -itis part of the word.  Derived from Greek and Latin, when you see ITIS on the end of any word, it simply means there’s inflammation. So many times we get freaked out when we hear this diagnosis.  TendonITIS = inflamed tendon  BursITIS = inflamed bursa sack   tonsilITIS = inflamed tonsils … getting the picture? Often this does not mean anything grandiose — nor should it be ignored. Take a look at what caused the pain to arrive.  Has it been slowly coming on? Were you in an accident? Do you have zero memory of anything specific causing it?

So when an “itis” arrives, you have two different situations going on. Pain and inflammation in the immediate time frame and the cause of the “itis” in the long term. The first thing you want to do it take care of the immediate.  This could mean ice and ibuprofen (or other anti-inflammatory) or something bigger. Also, take advice from a trusted professional trained to address these issues. Often the “itis” causes us to stop all activity. Look into what causes the pain and many times, you can work around it.

Now, the long term. Especially If this issue tends to be recurring for you, take a step back and address the bigger picture. Your answers to the questions above addressing the cause of the pain will help to direct your long term solution(s). This may take a little digging and investigating.  Often times, the cause of pain comes from somewhere far from what is screaming for attention. Take time to work on it and include the exercises into your long term, healthy living plan.  Pain means your body is telling you something is wrong — Listen to it and don’t let it go to long.  It does not have to sideline you if you address the underlying issues.

by Lisa Martin , owner and trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. If you’d like to contact Lisa, email her at Lisa@SalvereHealthAndFitness.com or call her at (410) 707-0055.

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