What Is Tendonitis?

Tendonitis is a term that most people are familiar with, but also one that confuses many. By definition, it is the inflammation of a tendon, and it is commonly caused by extensive use of the tendon, but it can also result from infection or rheumatic disease. Since tendons run through all of our extremities, tendonitis comes in many shapes and forms, such as tennis elbow and tendonitis of the wrist. While tendonitis can be painful wherever it occurs, patients with tendonitis of the hands, wrists, elbows, and shoulders tend to experience the most pain, given how many daily tasks require extensive use of these areas.

Unlike many injuries that arise after blunt trauma, tendonitis is often caused by simple tasks that require easy, repetitive motion. Some of these activities include:

  • Household chores
  • Shoveling
  • Painting
  • Gardening
  • Woodworking
  • Throwing
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Typing

Tendonitis can also arise out of other, non repetitive activities, as well as abnormal configurations of the bones and joints that put extra stress on the tissues of the tendons. Since there are a number of factors that can lead to tendonitis, just about anyone can fall victim to this painful condition. Pain in the area of the tendon and loss of motion are often tell tale signs of tendonitis, and the pain is often more intense if there are calcium deposits present as well.

You can treat your tendonitis pain by avoiding or limiting the time you spend performing activities that cause pain in the affected areas. It’s also a good idea to ice the area on days that are especially active or painful. Many patients also find relief from over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs and topical gels. However, while some people can control tendonitis pain this way, others may require physical therapy or surgery if the tendonitis is especially severe.

If you’re currently suffering from tendonitis pain in your hands, wrists, elbows, or shoulders, the professionals at Michigan Hand and Wrist, P.C. can help. We will work hard to exhaust all possible non-operative treatments to bring you the relief you deserve in a warm and caring atmosphere. Call us today at (248)-596-0412 for more information from our helpful staff!

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