Tendinitis, often referred to as tendonitis, is an inflammation or irritation of a tendon, the thick fibrous cords that attach muscle to bone. This condition can cause pain and tenderness just outside a joint. While tendinitis can occur in any of your body’s tendons, it’s most common around the shoulders, elbows, wrists, knees, and heels.
At Alliance Orthopedics, we recognize the challenges posed by tendinitis, especially for athletes and those leading active lifestyles. Our team is dedicated to providing comprehensive care to help patients manage their symptoms and return to their favorite activities.
Causes of Tendinitis
Tendinitis is typically caused by repetitive, minor impact on the affected area or from a sudden, more serious injury. Some common activities that can lead to tendinitis include:
- Tennis, golf, and baseball, which involve repetitive motions
Certain factors can increase the likelihood of developing tendinitis:
- Age: As tendons age, they tolerate less stress, are less elastic, and are easier to tear.
- Occupation: Jobs that involve repetitive motions, awkward positions, frequent overhead reaching, or vibration can increase the risk of tendinitis.
- Sports: Participating in certain sports, especially those with repetitive motions like tennis or basketball, can predispose one to tendinitis.
- Medical conditions: People with diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis are at a higher risk.
Symptoms of Tendinitis
The pain from tendinitis is typically a dull ache concentrated around the affected area or joint. It increases when the area is moved or touched and might be accompanied by:
- A feeling of warmth in the affected area
At Alliance Orthopedics, our approach to diagnosing tendinitis begins with a thorough discussion about the symptoms and a physical examination of the affected area. The goal is to rule out other conditions that might cause similar symptoms.
In some cases, other tests like X-rays, MRI, or ultrasound might be recommended to get a detailed view of the injury and to ensure an accurate diagnosis.
The primary treatments for tendinitis are aimed at reducing pain and inflammation:
- Rest and Immobilization: Avoiding activities that exacerbate the symptoms and using a splint or brace can help.
- Physical therapy: Specific exercises can help strengthen the muscles around the affected joint.
- Steroid injections: These can provide temporary relief from pain.
- Surgery: In rare cases where tendinitis doesn’t respond to other treatments, surgical intervention might be necessary.
At Alliance Orthopedics, we understand the nuances of tendinitis and its impact on athletic performance. Our commitment is to provide world-class care, ensuring you can return to your sport or activity as swiftly and safely as possible.