Health Q&A: Diagnoses, Causes and Treatments of Tendonitis

What is tendonitis? Tendonitis occurs when the tendon becomes inflamed, simply put. The tendon connects the bone to your muscle. Constant little impacts on an area causes tendonitis. Activities such as yard work, construction, cleaning, digging, golfing, snowboarding, throwing and even using the computer, can lead to tendonitis. Infections may also cause tendonitis. Bad posture or not stretching your muscles before activities can also help lead to tendonitis.

Who is more vulnerable to tendonitis?

Tendonitis is very common in older people because of the ” wear ‘n tear” of your tendons. After a while your tendons become weaker like a rubber band stretched too many times and this can cause it to rip easily.

What part of your body does tendonitis affect?

Tendonitis may affect any part of the body, of course a part of the body with a tendon. This occurs more commonly in the elbows, hips, knees, ankles, shoulders, or even your thumb.

How to avoid getting tendonitis?

Here are some tips for avoiding tendonitis:

  • Work your way up on your activities or sports.
  • Don’t ” overkill” or push yourself.
  • Limit your force and repetition of the activity.
  • When the area becomes painful, stop your activity and rest the affected area.

What are some of the symptoms of tendonitis?

One of the most common symptoms… pain. Pain will be present around the area of the tendon. It can be gradual or sudden in pain onset. Another major symptom — being unable to move the shoulder — is known as frozen shoulder.

What are treatments for tendonitis?

Anti-inflammatory medicine helps and can be purchased without a prescription or “over the counter.” Of course, resting the affected area helps. Not doing things that cause the pain. Ice applied to the area will help with the pain, this is one of the most common treatments along with rest and medicine.

In severe cases other treatment may be needed. Some of these are:

  • Steroid injections can kill the pain and decrease the inflammation and are often used because of their speed and effectiveness.
  • Surgery is an unlikely treatment for tendonitis — except in very severe cases.
  • Physical therapy can help with frozen shoulder and the exercises also help for almost any symptoms.

Consult with your physician for appropriate diagnosis and treatment. He will be able to determine the proper course of action in treating and preventing tendonitis.

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