Curcumin Report gives hope for Tendinitis Sufferers

November 12, 2012

Curcumin Report gives hope for Tendinitis Sufferers

A soon to be released report will suggest that curcumin may be helpful in treating inflammatory conditions. The University of Nottingham and Ludwig-Maxmillians University from Munich conducted the joint study. The purpose of the study was to monitor the effects of curcumin. Molecules called interleukins have an effect on inflammatory and degenerative properties. The study found that curcumin prevented the interleukins from promoting inflammation. This was discovered because the researchers tested the anti inflammatory effects of curcumin on a culture model of human tendon cells.

Curcumin is a commonly used spice, normally found in Indian dishes. It is the ingredient that gives turmeric its yellow colour. Turmeric has been commonplace in traditional Indian, or ayurvedic, medicine. Its anti-inflammatory properties have been known about for centuries and in more recent times it is said to assist in removing the symptoms related to irritable bowel syndrome. Research is being carried out into its potential anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Some research studies are investigating curcumin in relation to some types of cancer and cirrhosis of the liver.

The study has shown that curcumin can be useful when treating conditions like tendonitis and arthritis because of its ability to suppress inflammation in tendons.

A tendon is a strong yet flexible band of fibrous tissue which holds a muscle to a bone. They are necessary to generate movement in our body because they transfer the force of the muscle contracting to the bones. Previously it was mainly athletes who were prone to tendon injuries. However, as the population ages the incidence of tendonitis increases in line with the increase in aging. Older people are more likely to get tendonitis. There also appears to be some connection between arthritic and rheumatic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis.

Tendons are prone to developing tendonitis, this is when the tendon becomes irritated and inflamed. Tendonitis causes pain and tenderness close to the joints, and it can be seen in almost any joint, including knees, shoulders, elbows, hips, heels, and wrists. Tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, and Achilles tendon injury can be caused by tendonitis.

If the pain is not too great then standard nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) can be used. NSAIDS include aspirin or ibuprofen and these are useful in reliving mild to moderate pain caused by tendonitis. Steroid injections are common if the pain is intense. The steroid is injected directly into the tendon sheath. This pain relief can allow physiotherapy to start. NSAIDS and steroids both have varying degrees of side effects. Sometimes they can lead problems with the digestive system, stomach ulcers, nausea, vomiting and drowsiness.

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