Tendinitis is the inflammation of a tendon – the thick, fibrous cords that attach our muscles to the bones. It causes pain and tenderness around joints and is found most commonly around shoulders, elbows, wrists, thumbs, knees and heels.
It can painful, but can often be healed with rest and care. However, if the injury is not allowed to heal, it can lead to a severe condition in which the tendon is ruptured and requires surgery.
Tendonitis usually manifests as a dull, achy pain in a limb or joint. Tenderness around the area is not uncommon, along with mild swelling.
If you think you have tendinitis, an orthopedic specialist can usually diagnose the issue through a physical examination. He may order an ultrasound or MRI scan to help determine the severity, but this is usually unnecessary for new cases.
Once diagnosed, it’s often treated through rest and avoidance of activities that could aggravate the problem. Ice packs may be applied to the area and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicines may be recommended.
If the condition does not improve in a week or so, more advanced treatment may be prescribed such as corticosteroid injection, physical therapy and in more extreme cases, orthopedic surgery.
If you think you may be suffering from tendinitis, contact our offices in Joplin, MO to schedule a consultation. Our trained staff will work with you to make sure you receive the right diagnosis and a treatment plan that fits your lifestyle.