Tendonitis and its Treatments

Tendons are bands of connective tissue that attach muscle to bone. Tendonitis is inflammation of a tendon. The symptoms of tendonitis include pain and swelling. Tendonitis is usually a type of injury we experience when the tendon or ligament has been overused, due to sports or injury. In the case of tendonitis the tendon is repeatedly strained until tiny tears form causing severe pain and stiffness within the area. People who play high impact and active sports often have more chance of developing ligament damage or tendonitis than others, however there are certain parts of the body that are prone to tendonitis in everyday life, these can include the shoulder, wrist, knee, shin and heel. The symptoms of tendonitis can be similar to those of other conditions, such as arthritis or infection, so despite the fact that tendonitis can improve by itself, it is important to remain aware and to seek the advice of your medical practitioner if the pain persists as it can preclude to more serious ailments like arthritis.

Damaged ligaments and tendon pain can be treated with simple pain relief like Paracetamol along with anti-inflammatory drugs in order to reduce the swelling around the area. Usual tendon treatments like this can be used in the case of tendonitis, damage to the ligament and tears in the surrounding areas are able to be treated further with rest and physical therapy. However, the longer the pain of the damaged ligament goes untreated the more serious the long term effects in can have. In severe cases the tendon and ligament can need surgery.

An alternative to the surgery of the ligament is stem cell therapy. The technology used in stem cell replacement therapy means that the injection of the new healthy stem cells can help to assist the area to repair itself from the ligament damage or tear. While stem cell therapy for assistance in repair of damage to cartilage or ligament is just out of clinical trials, it has been widely successful and is now offered around Australia, having lead the stem cell research for arthritis and other cartilage related ailments. People who are suffering from ligament tears or tendonitis in any form are now able to seek the help they need in a non-invasive and newly developed technology that is being heralded as a breakthrough for medicine.



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Why Integrative Medicine with Dr. Michael Belich?

Dr. Belich, (Pictured on the right with the world’s leading Stem Cell researcher Dr. Purita), is the principal doctor of Integrative Medical Clinics and obtained his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the University of NSW.

Dr. Belich is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, and is a member of Australian Academy A5M of Anti-Ageing Medicine and holds a Diploma in Nutritional Medicine from the Walsh Institute, Illinois USA. Dr Belich has trained extensively with Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr Joe Purita in the USA who is one of the world leaders in Stem Cell Regenerative Medicine.