What Is Tendon Sheath Inflammation?

A tendon is a type of fibrous tissue connects your muscles to your bones. These tissues help control actions such as running, jumping, and lifting. Without tendons you would not be able to control the movement of your body.

Tendons are covered by a protective sheath known as a synovium. This sheath produces a fluid (synovial fluid) that keeps the tendon lubricated. Injury to this area of the body may result in the malfunction of the synovium. If this occurs, the sheath may fail to make synovial fluid or may not make enough fluid. This can cause inflammation or swelling of the synovium. This condition is known as tendon sheath inflammation. It is also sometimes called tenosynovitis.

 

What Causes Tendon Sheath Inflammation?

Tenosynovitis is typically caused by injury to the tendon or surrounding muscle or bone. Tenosynovitis is not limited to athletes, but can  also be caused by underlying health conditions such as diabetes.

 

Diabetic Tendon Problems

People with diabetes are much more prone to develop problems with tendons than normal people. This is probably because the blood supply to tendons is normally pretty sparse, so very early diabetic changes in blood vessels may show up first in tendons.

Another possible explanation may be that high blood sugars may cause abnormal thickening of tendons. This was demonstrated in a study published in the journal, Diabetes Care.

Some common forms of tendon damage that are more common in people with diabetes and pre-diabetes are carpal tunnel syndrome, tarsal tendon syndrome (a form of carpal tunnel that strikes the feet) and frozen shoulder. 

Unfortunately, improving blood sugars does not have an immediate effect on improving tendon problems. It may even be possible that tendon problems, like other diabetic complications, may worsen at first when blood sugars are brought back to normal levels.

 

The body has what is called a plastic regeneration response to injuries, that is, the ability of the body to create a healing response that attempts to repair tissues, tendons, joints, etc as a result of strain or injury. Arthrofast Capsules contain Solomon’s Seal is useful to fight and correct joint inflammation as well as the acute and chronic swelling and edema that occur in the surrounding tissues following injury or strain.

 

 

Arthrofast’s Effect on Soft Connective Tissues

The soft connective tissues surrounding muscles, tendons and ligaments that are damaged/injured often results in inflammation, swelling and edema. These types of problems are usually the result of excessive out-of-balance tensions on the muscles, tendons, and ligaments. The Solomon’s Seal in Arthrofast appears to “read” and correct these tension inbalances. Because of the natural presence of allantoin, Solomon’s Seal also acts as an anti-inflammatory on almost all of the connective tissues. This is achieved by restoring proper lubrication (synovial fluids) that both supplements the deficiency and acts protectively to reduce friction on the tissues.