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More Tendon Facts:

Tenosynovitis is a condition affecting the sheath that surrounds a tendon. In many cases, the sheath encounters tearing due to inflammation of the underlying tendon. The majority of tenosynovitis sufferers are female.


A fully ruptured Tendon REQUIRES surgery. It will not heal on its own.


Except for a fully ruptured tendon, Tendonitis can almost always be cured without surgery.


Left untreated, tendonitis can be extremely debilitating and lead to life long complications.


Continually using your Tendon while it is injured will lead to a worse injury.


To Heal as fast as possible use conservative treatment options at home such as:

Rest
Use an Ice Pack to Get Swelling Down
Use a Deep Heat Therapy at Home Once Swelling is Down
Treat the Injury Well Beyond the Point When the Pain Disappears

 

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Gluteus Medius Tendinopathy



The gluteus medius tendon connects the gluteus medius muscle to your pelvis. Its job is to help you move your thigh/leg away from your body and stabilize your hip while walking, running, and jumping.

The gluteus medius tendon connect your gluteus medius muscle to the pelvis is is surrounded by bursae and the IT band.

What is Gluteus Medius Tendonitis?

Gluteus medius tendonitis (sometimes spelled tendinitis and pronounced 'tendinitus') is an injury where your gluteus medius tendon is irritated or inflamed. You will feel this irritation, swelling and inflammation when there is a strain, damage or micro-tearing to the tendon tissue. This injury can happen from overuse of the tendon or an accident of some kind.

The hip is a complicated joint and so if you are suffering from gluteus medius tendonitis it might be hard to tell. Pain can easily be transferred to other areas of the hip, thigh, lower back or buttock. Sometimes pain can even shoot down the side of your leg. If left untreated, gluteus medius tendonitis can turn into a chronic condition or degeneration of your tendon fibers.

Gluteus medius tendonitis is irritation and inflammation of the tendon fibers.

Anyone can suffer from tendinitis, but it is most common in adults due to degeneration of tissue as we age. Over time the tendons in the hip will wear down resulting in something called degeneration. This is where the fibers in your tendons will become more weak - it's just a natural process that happens as we age.

Chronic inflammation of the gluteus medius tendon (tendinopathy) that results from many small tears over time from overuse, repetitive movements, or friction from a tight iliotibial band. In many cases, degeneration of the gluteus medius tendon is associated with greater trochanteric bursitis; the combined injury is called greater trochanteric pain syndrome. When chronic gluteus medius tendinitis occurs, the gluteus medius tendon is vulnerable to subsequent injury and degeneration that may result in a tear.



What are the Symptoms of Gluteus Medius Tendonitis?

Gluteus medius tendonitis pain can affect the outside of the hip, buttock, lower back, thigh and transfer down to the knee.

If you have gluteus medius tendonitis you may experience pain over the outermost side of your hip, the upper side of your buttock and even in the lower back at the spine. You may also experience swelling, warmth or redness around your injury and the pain often gets worse by moving your hip. Weakness in your hip and surrounding muscles and loss of range of motion while moving your leg away from the body are also some common symptoms of this condition.



What Causes Gluteus Medius Tendonitis?

There are many causes to gluteus medius tendonitis, some of which include:

  • The natural structure and alignment of your pelvis and hip can cause a tilt that changes the way your tendon will move and work (and other muscles, bursae, etc. that the tendon might rub up against).
  • If you normally walk by crossing your foot across your midline toward the other leg, when running.
  • Short leg syndrome - a condition where your legs are not of equal length that may affect the tilt of your hips and pelvis.
  • A naturally wide pelvis and excessively knocked knees.
  • A sudden increase in the intensity, frequency, or duration of exercise.
  • Repetitive activities such as long distance running, walking, and training for triathlons, biathlons or marathons.


How Do I Diagnose Gluteus Medius Tendonitis?

The Trendelenburg test should if your hip will stay straight when you lift your healthy leg.

Hip pain is a very common problem and there are many causes of hip pain. It can be hard to discover the condition that you are dealing with. Are you are having trouble sleeping on that side of your hip? Are you having pain standing, walking are after sitting for any length of time?

The best way to diagnose this condition is with a visit to your doctor for a physical examination of your hip. During a physical examination of your injured hip, your doctor will be looking for weakness and pain in the hip area. Your hips should be at the same level and they may also look at the results of something called the 'Trendelenburg's Test'. This test is done by standing on one leg and allowing the pelvis to drop on the opposite side while lifting your opposite (healthy) leg/hip. Your doctor will know that you have gluteus medius tendonitis (or weakness in your hip muscles) if you lift the opposite (healthy) leg/hip and you're unable to maintain your balance while you stand (you may also experience a shooting pain) (reference: 1, 2).

It's important to have a proper diagnosis from a doctor or some other medical professional to determine the cause of your symptoms. This way the right treatment can be used to treat the condition and relieve your pain.



What's the Difference Between Gluteus Medius Tendonitis, Tendinosis and Tenosynovitis?

Tendinosis refers to tendon degeneration when there is no inflammation. Tendinosis is often caused by chronic degeneration (wearing away) of tendon fibers over time and is a natural thing that happens to our tissue as we age. However, Tendinosis is also caused from repetitive use without adequate rest between usage (RSI injury). As an example, achilles tendinosis is quite common in runnners as their achilles is under repetitive stress. In a nutshell, Tendinitis relates to tendon inflammation whereas Tendinosis refers to tendon breakdown with no inflammation.

Where tendonitis means damage or micro-tearing to your tendon, tenosynovitis is damage or micro-tearing to the sheath covering your tendon. This sheath is a protective lining for your tendon and is made up of synovium. If this sheath is injured it can also become irritated resulting in similar symptoms as tendonitis (pain, swelling and inflammation).

It's possible for you to have tendonitis / tendinosis AND tenosynovitis at the same time creating a more complicated hip tendonitis injury.



How Do I Cure Gluteus Medius Tendonitis?

If you suspect you have tendonitis in your hip,

  • Usually conservative treatment methods are all that's needed to treat hip tendinitis, surgery is only ever used if long-term conservative treatment methods don't work or if you've suffered from a ruptured tendon in your hip. Conservative treatment options for hip tendinitis typically includes rest, icing of the injury, strengthening exercises, avoiding activities that cause or worsen the pain that you're feeling and anti-inflammatory over-the-counter medication (reference: 1, 2). If treated properly gluteus medius tendonitis usually heals within in 2 to 6 weeks.
  • Second, if your doctor has decided that your injury can be treated with conservative treatment options, then you'll find that many of our customers have had great success augmenting their PT at home with conservative treatment options such as a Cold Compress or Ice Pack and the Back/Hip T•Shellz Wrap® .
  • Or, if surgical intervention is required, talk with your doctor about using these same products for post-surgery recovery as you'll find them to be effective for reducing post-surgery inflammation, enhancing range of motion and reducing scar tissue growth.

No one is immune to tendinitis, you can reduce your risk of re-injury with consistent conservative treatments

 

If you have pain and inflammation in your hip, buttock and/or your tail bone, it's very important to heal your injury quickly and completely. You must avoid the build up of scar tissue. If you don't, your hip tendinitis injury may last for a very long time. This is why it's so important to continuously use conservative treatment tools to heal any recurring tendon damage before it can build into something big. For any hip tendinitis sufferer, having the right tools makes all the difference.

In mild and moderate cases of tendinitis / strained tendons, your Physical Therapist will most likely encourage you to augment your therapy with conservative home therapies. Severe injury to the tendon (ruptured tendons) will require surgery to re-attach the tendon to your bone or bring the edges of the tear together. If you suspect that you've ruptured your tendon be sure to speak with your doctor for suggested treatment.




Gluteus Medius Tendonitis Home Conservative Treatment Options

Step 1 - Reduce Pain and Swelling with Cold Compression

The first step for conservative treatment of your hip tendinitis is to reduce the swelling to "open up" the area for more blood flow. Anyone in the health-care business knows that your blood supplies the oxygen and much needed nutrients required to heal hip tendinitis injuries. This is why for years, doctors, trainers, and other medical professionals have recommended RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) to treat the pain and swelling of fresh injuries, chronic pain, and after any re-injury.

Cold Compression Therapy slows nerve and cell function - reducing the swelling that blocks blood vessels from doing their job.

 

This is important because once blood vessels are blocked or damaged, they can no longer carry oxygenated blood through the tissue and tissue cells begin to break-down. Without cold compression therapy cellular break-down and tissue damage continues as the cells don't get the oxygen they need to survive. By limiting the amount of damage done to your tendon, you also limit the amount of healing that needs to occur. This is a very important step to heal tendon injuries faster and with less pain! This is why you need to treat your hip pain right after it's hurt, when you notice pain / swelling / inflammation, or directly after a re-injury. Applying a Cold Compress or Ice Pack right away will help stop the damage immediately and unblock your blood vessels to let your body's natural blood flow in to start healing the tissue.

Use a Cold Compress or Ice Pack:

  • 24 to 72 hours after your initial injury or when you first notice pain and swelling in your hip to stop cellular damage, relieve pain, and decrease swelling.
  • After exercise, workouts or activity of any kind to prevent re-injury of your hip.
  • Before and after surgery during rehabilitation to control pre and post-surgery pain and swelling.
  • Anytime you feel your hip is painful or you're having a flare-up of an old tendon injury.
  • Anytime you have swelling, sharp throbbing pain or inflammation in your hip.
  • Any other situation where you need to draw the pain and inflammation out of your hip area.
 

Step 2 - Improve Circulation, Soften Scar Tissue & Prevent Re-Injury with a T•Shellz Wrap®

After the inflammation in your hip has been reduced, providing extra blood flow and strengthening soft tissue in the injured area is recommended.


T•Shellz Wraps contain a unique Carbon Fiber Energy Pad which is flexible and will shape to conform to your body. This Energy Pad emits a uniform wave of perfectly safe electromagnetic energy over its entire surface. This energy travels deep inside to the soft tissue in your body, stimulating blood flow your own body needs to heal your injury. It is the electromagnetic energy that is crucial to the healing process.


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  • When treating any soft tissue injury, an effective therapy will increase blood flow to the injury while the joint is immobile.
  • This increase in blood flow will accelerate the body's own ability to heal itself.
  • In our opinion, the T•Shellz Wrap® is the most highly effective deep heat medical device on the market that is registered with the FDA and available for home use.

Use Deep Tissue Therapy T•Shellz Wraps:

  • After swelling and inflammation have been reduced with cold compression.
  • Before exercise or workouts to warm up your soft tisue to prevent re-injury.
  • Before and after surgery during rehabilitation to warm up soft tissues before physical therapy exercising or stretching.
  • Anytime you feel soft tissue in your hip has stiffened up, is tight and your mobility is reduced causing you more pain.
  • Anytime you have sore or aching tissue around your hip.
  • Any other situation where you need to add gentle deep heat to the hip to relax soft tissue, relieve pain, prevent re-injury and enhance flexibility of your tissue.
 


By using a Deep Heat device like the T•Shellz Wrap®, your body will respond to this added heat by increasing blood flow in the area. This enhanced blood flow will help with your recovery and heal your tendon more completely. Deep Heat increases the amount of blood that flows naturally to your soft tissue to; the heat is also proven to temporarily improve the elasticity and length of soft tissue. This basically means that the application of deep heat will help your soft tissue heal faster and more completely while also reducing your risk of reinjury (due to increased soft tissue elasticity)

Deep Heat Increases Blood Circulation

Greater Blood Circulation Results in
Faster Healing of Soft Tissue

T•Shellz Wrap® = Deep Heat


T•Shellz Wraps contain a unique Carbon Fiber Energy Pad which is flexible and will shape to conform to your body. This Energy Pad emits a uniform wave of perfectly safe electromagnetic energy over its entire surface. This energy travels deep inside to the soft tissue in your body, stimulating blood flow your own body needs to heal your injury. It is the electromagnetic energy that is crucial to the healing process.


Best of all...

The T•Shellz Wrap® is an FDA Registered Medical Device and is suitable for use in therapeutic clinics and FROM HOME. It is completely safe for people and patients to use for themselves.

As mentioned earlier, the use of electromagnetic energy is becoming much more commonplace in North America for everyday people. The technology has been used for decades in the worlds of professional and amateur - a contributing factor as to why athletes seem to recover from injuries so quickly.

Have you ever wondered by an athlete can return to activity after 3 or 4 weeks following a tendon injury - while your average person takes much longer to return back to normal? The secret isn't really that much of a secret - it involves consistent treatments (meaning multiple times a day) using a diathermy treatment like the T•Shellz Wrap® to stimulate blood flow to injured soft tissue. Most athletes have the luxury of using in-house therapy facilities many times per day.

How many us can afford the time and money to visit a therapy clinic multiple times a day? Very few indeed. This is how you can gain the same advantage that athletes enjoy in healing their own injuries - by using a device like the Shoulder T•Shellz Wrap® two or three times a day on a consistent basis.

Consistent Treatments = Consistent And Long Term Improvement

 

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What Else Makes the T•Shellz Wrap® So Special?

We believe the T•Shellz Wrap® to be one of the most effective treatments to stimulate blood flow to dense, injured tissues such as muscles, tendons, ligaments, and other similar tissues.

We can promise that you will receive a product that is designed to be safe and does what it is supposed to do...quickly relieve pain and aid in the recovery from tendon, muscle and other soft tissue injuries.

The unit plugs into a standard wall outlet to get its power. The nice thing about the power supply is that the same unit can be used in North America and overseas as well. It has the capability to operate between 110v and 230v.

It has a special signal controller that can be set for 3 different power levels of application (3=High, 2=Medium, 1=Low). The cord is long so you can sit or lie comfortably and watch TV, read or surf the net while you're using it.

Treatments are max 30 minutes in duration and the device can be worn over clothing. This allows you to use the device at work, at home, or really anywhere you have access to an electrical outlet.

A Recap of the Benefits of the T•Shellz Wrap®..

  • Wraps are available for all major joints - very versatile!
  • Targeted treatment of Tendinosis, Tenosynovitis, Tendon Tears, Bursitis, Impingement, Arthritis, etc
  • It can be used before exercise to warm up your tendons and muscles to reduce the risk of injury
  • FDA Registered medical device for use in home or clinics - very high quality
  • Increases temporary flexibility and length of tissues (reducing the re-injury factor)
  • Carbon fiber Energy Pad is strong, lightweight, and flexible - contours very easily
  • It soothes pain and whisks away toxins
  • It provides deep heat, which the body responds to by increasing blood flow. Increased blood flow enhances the healing rate - saving time and money when associated with extended doctor or physical therapist visits
  • it is an outstanding tool for post-surgery rehabilitation, getting you back to work faster

When Should I Use My T•Shellz Wrap® During the Day?

The most common question we receive from individuals prior to purchasing is - how many times a day should I be using my wrap and when should I be using them? While treatment plans will differ for each individual and their specific injury, there are general guidelines that should be adhered to.

  • Use a Cold Compress or Ice Pack when you are experiencing inflammation (usually after exertion or movement of the injury area).

The T•Shellz Wrap® would then be used:

  • Right after rising from bed in the morning (as this is when it is most stiff)
  • Prior to going to bed at night (to relax the area and allow for better sleep)
  • Before you know you will be using your injured joint (going to work, driving, typing, etc).


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During your recovery, you will probably have to modify and/or eliminate any activities that cause pain or discomfort at the location of your soft tissue injury until the pain and inflammation settle. Always consult your doctor and/or Physical Therapist before using any of our outstanding products, to make sure they are right for you and your condition. The more diligent you are with your treatment and rehabilitation, the faster you will see successful results!

 
 
 

Tendon Injury Facts:

When the tendon gets inflamed it is known as tendonitis, and when the tendons are chronically overused, it may lead to microscopic tears in the collagen matrix and causes a gradual weakening of the tissues.


Achilles tendonitis is a common injury among runners, as the Achilles tendon is responsible for helping you lift off the ground with each stride.


As computers become ever more important elements of the work place and everyday life, incidents of wrist tendonitis are on the rise.


Oral Medications can mask the pain but do not aid in the healing of tendonitis. Anti-inflammatories and pain killers can mask the pain and indirectly cause tendonitis to worsen.


Ice and Compression treatments are the easiest and most effective treatments for tendonitis.

 

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