Tendon Pain

Tendon Pain

What is tendon pain?

Tendons are thick cords that join your muscles to your bones. Tendon pain, or Tendinitis, occurs when the tendons become inflamed or irritated causing acute pain and tenderness just outside of a joint. This can make it difficult for you to move the affected joint.

Tendinitis can occur in any of your tendons; however, it is most common around your elbows, shoulders, wrists, knees, and ankles.

What are the symptoms of tendon pain?

Pain at or surrounding a joint can be the most common symptom of tendinitis. This pain is often around a shoulder, wrist, elbow, achilles or ankle. If you are feeling an ache or mild swelling surrounding a joint in any of the previously stated areas, tendinitis may be the source that requires treatment.

What causes tendon pain?

The most common cause of tendon pain, or tendinitis, is repetitive movement. Tendons help your body to perform a certain movement and doing so over and over can lead to these tendons weakening. Other factors may increase your risk of developing tendinitis.

Your risk for tendinitis may increase due to any of the following:

  • Age: With age, your tendons become less flexible increasing your risk for injury and the development of tendinitis.
  • Occupation: Tendinitis is more likely to occur with those who have an occupation which involves repetitive motions, forceful exertion, frequent reaching overhead, uncomfortable positions, and more.
  • Sports: Those active in certain sports which include repetitive motions are more likely to develop tendinitis. These sports include but are not limited; baseball, basketball, golf, running, swimming, tennis, bowling, and more.

How is tendon pain diagnosed and treated?

Dr. Lloydine Jacobs will complete a thorough exam to review your history, symptoms, and a physical examination to locate the exact source of your pain. Dr. Lloydine Jacobs will look for tenderness, muscles weakness, swelling or limited motion in the injured tendon, in addition to reviewing any previous joint injuries to develop the proper treatment plan.

The sooner your tendinitis is treated, the better your recovery will be. When treated early, tendinitis can resolve quickly with treatment being preventative as opposed to other invasive procedures.

Common tendon pain treatments include:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Injections
  • Pain medications
  • Splints, braces, and other supportive equipment
  • Applying heat or ice regularly
  • Daily stretching
  • Compression of affected joints
  • Resting or elevating the tendon
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