Don’t Get on the Bad Side of Your Tendons

istock 1157911166 At Summit Healthcare Pain Clinic, we see lots of patients with tendinitis. Basically, the term simply means the inflammation or irritation of a tendon. Our tendons are the thick fibrous cords that attach our muscles to our bones.

Let’s get into what causes so much pain with tendinitis, along with what Dr. Trujillo and our staff does to help our patients get past the pain.

What is tendinitis?

Inflammation or irritation. That could apply to many things in life, such as an overbearing boss. But when it applies to your tendons, the clinical term is tendinitis. Tendinitis will show itself with pain and tenderness just outside a joint. Technically, you can get tendinitis in any tendon, but it’s most common around the shoulders, elbows, wrists, knees, and heels.

What are some common conditions that are tendinitis?

You may know some common cases of tendinitis by their more common monikers:

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

What are the symptoms of tendinitis?

If you’ve used your tendon to the point of inflammation, you’ll be able to feels in at the point where the tendon attaches to the bone. You’ll likely have:

  • Pain often as a dull ache, especially when moving the affected limb or joint
  • Tenderness at the location
  • Mild swelling

What causes tendinitis?

Tendinitis is most often caused by repetitive, minor impact on the affected area. If you keep performing the same movement over and over, as for work or a particular sport, the tendon involved becomes overworked and inflammation follows.

Tendinitis often results from a person using improper technique. This is especially true with repetitive sports, such as tennis, where the arm is placed in the same position over and over when contacting the ball. In this case, improper technique can create more vibration between the ball, racquet, and the arm, leading to more stress on the tendon and resulting tendinitis.

In December’s second blog, we’ll delve more into tendinitis, including how Dr. Trujillo helps patients get past the pain.

In the meantime, if you’re dealing with chronic pain, please call us at (855) 768-4968 to schedule an appointment.

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