Tendonitis results from inflammation of a tendon, a thick cord that attaches muscles to bone throughout your body. When tendons become irritated, it leads to pain and tenderness around the joint.
Although multiple factors can cause this irritation, overuse is the most common culprit, which is why the condition is often associated with specific sports and activities, including tennis, golf, and pitching.
Tendonitis often occurs with specific symptoms. You may experience a dull, aching pain just outside your joint, where your tendon attaches to the bone. This area may be tender to the touch, and in some cases, it may swell.
Tendonitis commonly occurs in the following joints:
This type of inflammation can also occur at your rotator cuff or in your plantar fascia, the tendon in the bottom of your foot. When tendonitis occurs in your foot tendon, it’s called plantar fasciitis.
When you have a mild case of tendonitis, it often gets better with rest. Dr. Scott recommends using over-the-counter pain relievers or topical creams to minimize any discomfort and reduce inflammation. Ice therapy and compression also reduce pain and swelling.
He may give you exercises to do at the office and at home to strengthen and stabilize your tendons and surrounding muscles or restore your range of motion.
If needed, Dr. Scott may use innovative therapies to reduce pain, decrease swelling, or enhance the body’s natural healing process. Depending on your specific case, he may recommend:
It’s important to seek treatment when you have tendonitis. If left untreated, you increase your risk of rupturing your tendon, a severe condition that often requires surgical intervention. If tendon irritation continues for an extended period, like a few weeks or months, it may lead to tendinosis, or degeneration of your tendon.
If you think you may have tendonitis, seek professional help. Call the office today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Scott. You can even book online.
Please check with your insurance provider to see if your medical care will be covered. Dr. Scott does not accept HMO, MediCal, Medicaid.
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