Treat Your Tendonitis

Sometimes, some pains occur in our body around some joints, either due to strains or for some unknown reasons. They last for days, weeks, or even months and usually get better with ice, rest, or treatment. In medical terms, most of these pains are called tendonitis because they are caused by inflammation or irritation of some tendons around a joint.

Tendons are a type of flexible tissues that connect muscles to the bones in and around the joints of the body. Our muscles are responsible for all movements of our body, such as walking, jumping, lifting, swimming, and so on.

Movements are resulted when bones in the joints are pulled by forces that are transmitted from the muscles through the tendons. Therefore, it’s obvious that an injured or inflamed tendon will make your joint movements painful - the main symptom of tendonitis. Also, there can be swelling and tenderness in that area.

Causes of Tendonitis

Out of the hundreds of tendons in our body, only a handful are prone to develop tendonitis. The reason is that these tendons have fewer blood vessels servicing them with relatively low blood supply. This causes delay in their healing if these tendons are injured. The parts of the tendons where the blood supply is least, are the most impacted areas, known as watershed zones.

Apart from the sudden injuries the main cause that may lead to tendonitis is stress from repetitive movements or overuse of a joint due to sports, occupations, or some daily activities. Although, tendonitis can occur at any age, we are likely to experience them more as we grow old( > 40 years).

Types of Tendonitis

Most likely places to develop tendonitis are:

  • Base of the thumb
  • Elbow
  • Shoulder
  • Hip
  • Knee
  • Foot
  • Achilles tendon

Some commonly known tendonitis conditions occur in sports persons are:

  • Tennis elbow
  • Golfer's elbow
  • Swimmer's shoulder
  • Pitcher's shoulder
  • Jumper's knee

Risk factors for tendonitis:

  • Improper posture at work or home.
  • Overuse or improper placing of joints in occupation.
  • Poor conditioning before exercise or sports.
  • Weekend sports of joint movements or strenuous exercise.
  • Some inborn problems such as limb length discrepancy.
  • Stresses from conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, gout, psoriatic arthritis, thyroid problems, etc.

Tendonitis treatments

Tendonitis usually healed at home with ice, light massage, and by resting the aching joint as much as possible. If the condition persists even after a weak better to consult an orthopedic, else it may lead to tendon rupture.

If tendon irritation is allowed to continue for several weeks or months it may increase the chance of a serious condition called tendinosis that involves tender degeneration and abnormal blood vessel growth.

You can drop in at a center of ‘Urgent Care Texas’ situated in your locality for a specialist’s opinion and advanced treatment which may include combination of corticosteroid injections and physical therapy.

Surgical procedure may also be an option albeit, very rarely. The UCT centers are equipped with all scanning devices and board certified doctors. So you’ll get all that is required under the same roof.

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