Tendinitis is the inflammation and pain that most commonly results from either a sudden injury to a tendon or from repetitive movements used in sports or the workplace. Tendons connect the body’s muscles to the bones and work to assist the movement of the bones. They become irritated and painful when overused or suddenly injured. Tendinitis is also known as
- Tennis elbow
- Golfer’s elbow
- Pitcher’s shoulder
- Jumper’s knee
- Swimmer’s shoulder
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Symptoms of Tendinitis
Tendinitis presents itself as pain and tenderness outside the affected joint. It is a condition that must not be ignored as it will worsen over time, possibly rupturing and causing a need for immediate surgery. The following are the most common symptoms which may be felt as tendinitis in any joint in the body:
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Tendinitis may occur in any joint in the body, depending on your activity. Different names are used depending upon the joint involved, but they are all tendinitis. The following are several examples:
- Tennis elbow – lateral epicondylitis – pain is usually on the side of the elbow
- Golfer’s elbow – medial epicondylitis – pain sometimes radiates down to the wrist
- Trigger Finger – when the finger or thumb clicks when straightened out.
- Achilles tendinitis – may result from running downhill, jumping or any activity that strains the calf muscles. Achilles tendonitis may also be caused by shoes that fit improperly or don’t support the foot.
- Shoulder tendinitis – this happens when the suprastinatus tendon, the tendon at the top of the shoulder, becomes inflamed.
- De Quervain’s tenosynositis – a painful condition that effects the wrist and hand due to repetitive movements
- Jersey Finger – occurs when a sports player catches someone’s jersey and gets a finger caught in the material, pulling the tendon from the bone.
Risk for Tendinitis
There are several risk factors for tendinitis:
Age – Tendons become less flexible as a person ages and increases the chance for tendinitis to develop.
Job – If your work requires you to use repetitive motions, to reach overhead frequently, and/or to put out forceful exertion, then you may have a higher risk for tendinitis.
Sports – playing sports puts you at risk of tendinitis.
Diabetes – researchers have seen a correlation between tendinitis and chronically increased blood sugar levels in the blood.
Rheumatoid Arthritis – may cause tendinitis that leads to permanent damage and disfiguration of the joints.
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Non-Surgical Treatment for Tendinitis
You can start your treatment at home until you are able to visit the orthopedic doctor by resting the injured joint. Whatever activity caused the pain to start must now be stopped.
Other non-surgical treatments are:
- Rest – will give the affected joint an opportunity to heal on its own, especially if it is a new injury.
- Heat or Cold – an ice pack or a warm towel may alleviate some pain and reduce the inflammation and swelling.
- Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are over the counter and may help the pain and reduce the inflammation.
Surgical Treatment for Tendinitis
When tendinitis includes serious damage to the tendon, you may experience weakness in the joint and the joint’s movement may be significantly limited. In these cases, the tendon may need to be repaired with a minimally-invasive surgical procedure. In these cases, the orthopedic surgeon will make a small incision and insert long, thin surgical tools that allow him to sew the torn ends of the tendon together. Procedures such as these are determined by the severity of joint affected. After surgery, the joint will be immobilized to allow for complete healing.
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