Tendons are strong fibrous tissues that attach muscle to bone. Tendonitis is inflammation of a tendon that can cause pain, reduced movement, weakness, and stiffness of the affected area. Tendonitis is typically caused by overuse injuries, doing the same repetitive motion, wearing down a tendon. Injuries resulting from overuse are often sports or work related. Tendonitis can affect any tendon, but most commonly occurs in the shoulder (rotator cuff), elbow (tennis/golfers elbow), or hand and foot (Achilles tendon). If suffering from possible tendonitis, describe the symptoms to an orthopedic expert at Direct Orthopedic Care (DOC). After a thorough examination including palpation, evaluation of pain, tenderness, and range of motion, the physician may order imaging tests such as X-rays and an MRI. Tendonitis can typically be treated nonoperatively with rest, ice, anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, and bracing. Surgery is rarely necessary to release or remove damaged tendon tissue. To prevent tendonitis and repetitive overuse, the orthopedic specialists at Direct Orthopedic Care (DOC) recommend stretching, warm-up and cool-down exercises, and cross-training to vary exercise programs. Avoid or modify any activity at work or play that causes tendon and joint pain as a proactive way to avoid developing tendonitis.
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