It’s not uncommon for dedicated athletes and strength trainers to put down little aches and pains down to nothing more than having pushed things a little further than usual. For new and experienced athletes alike, the aches and pains the day after a training session are usually nothing more than the signs of a good workout.
However, it’s important to remember that when pain starts making an appearance, it could be the signs of overwork. If you’re getting consistent pain in your joints such as your shoulders, elbows and knees, you could have tendinitis.
Do I have tendinitis?
Tendons are the tough cords which attach your muscles to your bones. They come into play when contracting muscles, as the assist in moving bones and joints during exertion.
It’s common for most trainers when their tendons are often subjected to high power weight training and exercise. Exercises which require restriction of movement are more likely to cause tendon pain.
Tendinopathy is the inflammation of the tendon, and in addition the appearance of tears within the surrounding tissue. This usually refers to the deterioration of a tendon, specifically where it connects to the bone.
This is the name for inflammation and pain within the tendon sheath. The tendon sheath is fluid-filled sheath which surrounds the tendon, and when it is inflamed can swell to make movement of the joint difficult.
What to do
The worst possible thing to do would be to train through it. When the tendons are damaged, they need time to repair, and continuing to stress them could lead to increasing reduction of movement.
Consulting a physiotherapist and going through the corrective stretches and exercises will improve the healing of the tendons.
On the whole, when training it’s important to be mindful of now pushing your body too far. Doing so could be highly detrimental to your fitness plan, as you will need to take time from the gym to perform physiotherapy.
This article was written by Puneet Mitra – Personal Trainer and Fitness Blogger at Reflexions Of A PT.