Spring has arrived! Now we just need the weather to catch up a bit. Once it does, there will be plenty of opportunity for playing tennis in the local courts, like at John J Burns Town Park. There are 8 public, lighted courts at the park and it’s a great place for a match. If you are interested, make sure that you stretch and warm up first! Also, give some thought to starting your conditioning now, so you don’t end up with an injury like bursitis or tendinitis.

Both of these conditions fall in the category of “soft tissue rheumatic syndromes.” This simply means that the ailments have similar symptoms of pain and inflammation in muscles and fibrous tissues surrounding the joints. Some people may attribute the pain and swelling to arthritis, but this is not the case. Arthritis is a condition that happens within a joint, whereas these soft tissue rheumatic syndromes are experienced in the adjacent tissues.

Given the connectedness between the two conditions, it is only natural that treatments for them are similar. Both are frequently helped with the use of conservative, nonsurgical methods. Rest, ice, and physical therapy are all effective methods of treating these ailments. Over the counter medication can also be useful in reducing pain and swelling, but consult with our office first to find out what we recommend for you specifically.

No matter whether you are suffering from bursitis or tendinitis, come in and get the care you need from a Nassau County podiatrist whose goal is to alleviate your pain and let you resume your favorite activities. We have a caring, knowledgeable staff and are proud to serve the Massapequa, Farmingdale, and Seaford, NY communities. Call us at (516) 804-9038 or use our online form on the Contact Us page to request an appointment today. Be sure to connect with us on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, and Twitter to receive the latest news and health tips and also to let us know how we are doing.

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