Does Physiotherapy Help Biceps Tendonitis? It's not helping mine.

by Allison

Can physiotherapy for tendonitis actually prolong or inflame it?

I have been seeing someone for about two weeks for bicep tendonitis and possibly a little tennis elbow.

After almost two weeks of friction and heavy massage as well as some acupuncture into the tendon/tendons I feel in a worse state.

I can't seem to take part effectively in the usual activities I was doing two weeks ago, such as typing.

Is this how it goes? I wasn't feeling that bad before, even though, I guess it could be considered a recurring problem as I have suffered with it for a while.

I also hadn't been told that after acupuncture I would feel more sore in the muscles for a few days when using them, so I'm not sure what to think.

Does a person usually restrict themselves from activities shortly after acupuncture?

What is the approach that physio generally takes when tackling a problem like this?

Thank you.


Joshua Answers

I don't know what physiotherapy usually does for tendonitis, as their training and philosophy is often different from clinic to clinic.

Some do massage, some don't. Some use Ultrasound, some don't. Some believe in acupuncture, some don't.

Rest isn't necessarily indicated after an acupuncture treatment (and rest doesn't cure or fix tendonitis), but if you have an acute aspect of your Tendonitis, then it's going to flare up, period, when you do activity.

Activity adds irritation to an already irritated dynamic.

Why isn't your physiotherapy working? Maybe they're working the tissue too 'hard' and that's irritating that.

Maybe they're not effectively addressing the factors that are causing the pain and problem (clearly they're not).

I imagine that regardless of what good things they are doing, they are not adequately dealing with the inflammation process. If you don't deal with the pain enhancing effects of inflammation, when they work on you your body is going to translate that as an attack, and it will protect you with more tightness and pain.

The Process of Inflammation is an integral part of the Tendonitis dynamic.

If one doesn't deal effectively with it, no matter what kind of Tendonitis therapy you are pursuing, it is likely to fail.

And then, there's necessary nutrition, and the chronic tightness, each of those factors must be taken care of effectively.

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Dec 13, 2014
Bicep Tendonitis and tear, corticosteroid shots didn't work so had surgery
by: Lars

I have bicep tendonitis and three shots in the tendon with cortisone failed.

In surgery the major tendon was cut because it was tore so bad. This has been a year and it very hard to do anything. So what can I do the doctors say to rest it, so in other words there is nothing I can do.

After surgery my arm was in a sling for six weeks went fishing the tendonitis was back from casting the fishing pole. The doctor have no clue other than a line of B.S.


Joshua Comments:

Hi Lars.

Yeah, doctors just don't have much for anything tendonitis related.

Corticosteroid Injections don't and can't fix any kind of Tendonitis

See: What Is Tendonitis

So. You had pain, you had surgery. You actually had a tear? Are your activity levels such that you 'did something' that could cause a tear? Or did you just get a bad tear out of the blue (which points to nutritional insufficiency and other factors...or at least, all the same factors of tendonitis but 'worse').

3. My general response is that you should get the Reversing Bicep Tendonitis ebook. It's everything your doctor should have told you and told you to do but doesn't know (which is mind boggling, but seems to be true across the board).

And, it's all the same activity you need to do post-surgery

* partly because surgery doesn't touch and of the -causes- of the tendonitis and tear, and

* partly because surgery causes certain problems that you need to reverse (which are the same factors that caused the problem in the first place: nutritional insufficiency/deficiency, too tight muscle and connective tissue, and process of inflammation).

Pre or post surgery, one must reverse the dynamic of those factors if one wants to return towards optimal function.

You've had surgery etc, you don't need a tip or a trip, you need a plan of attack so you can get your arm working again.

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