Who doesn’t have some aches and pain? If the pain is worse with activity, you have limited motion or loss of function due to pain or stiffness, and the pain is near a joint, it can be Tendinitis, Tendinosis, and Tendinopathy. Common affected areas are the wrist, elbow, rotator cuff muscles, Achilles, and the knee.
Tendons are the fibrous tissues that connect muscles to bones. Tendinitis is the more acute problem that happens suddenly and is more short-term. Tendinosis is more chronic and develops over time as an overuse injury.
As a person who is active I have had this occur twice in the recent past. It probably happened to me when I was younger but I’m guessing I just took some meds and ignored it. My first injury happened to my lower tendon for the bicep brachii. I was doing bicep curls and I felt pain the second it happened. I went to my doctor who sent me for an ultrasound, the ultrasound people told me to go to the Glen Sather sports clinic at the U of A Hospital. Their amazing doctor (Dr. Roman Tulis) gave me some eccentric muscle exercises to do and a prescription for Nitric Oxide Patches.
Heart patients use Nitro-glycerin patches to help prevent angina attacks. The patch delivers nitric oxide to blood vessels to help them relax. In the case of a tendon tear, you place a portion of the patch on the painful area and it promotes blood flow to the area. Remember a tendon is not like a muscle, it doesn’t have much blood supply.
So, does it work? I have had two injuries, the bicep one and golfers elbow. The later I treated on my own with left over patches from the bicep. Within three days the pain from both injuries was gone. I wore the patches for a month and the injuries are still good. My partner Patricia has had similar results. She had a bicep injury and a shoulder injury that have both been resolved because of the Nitric Oxide Patch.
This is a relatively new thing, when Patricia went to her family doctor for the patches, he duplicated what the Glen Sather sports doctor prescribed because he had not heard of the patches being used in this way. There have been some really good studies and clinical trials done to test this. The British journal of sports medicine did a study that involved three clinical trials, showing that the nitric oxide patch enhances clinical recovery of Tendinopathy in humans. The enhancement helps reduce pain, increase range of motion and increase strength.
Have a nagging injury that won’t go away? Talk to your doctor about trying the Nitric Oxide Patch and incorporate other modalities such as massage, physiotherapy and foam rolling into your recovery programming.