Tendon pain

October 18th, 2016 by LOC Team


There are a lot of injuries and conditions that can give you tendon pain and in this article, we are going to go through some of them. If you think you have something mentioned here, do make an appointment with your GP before you start any treatment yourself as you could make the injury worse if you don’t do things properly. Before we tell you about some of the most common causes of tendon pain, let’s explore the symptoms of it. Symptoms of tendon pain include:

  • Pain, the main symptom that usually gets worse when using the affected area
  • Weakness or an inability to move the joint
  • Stiffness, often worse in the morning
  • Swelling, often mixed with redness or heat
  • A lump that develops on the tendon
  • A crackling or grating feeling as you move the tendon.

Common causes of tendon pain

Calcific Tendonitis

This will develop in your shoulder and it is the medical name for a build up of calcium crystals in the tendon that runs through your shoulder, the supraspinatus tendon. This build up will cause mid to long term minor pain and also times of more severe pain. This pain can also spread down your arm or up through your neck. Your shoulder is likely to become stiff or weak with this condition.

Supraspinatus tendonitis

This affects the same tendon as the condition mentioned above, but it is the inflammation of the tendon itself. This one is going to cause pain when you lift your arm up high and also if you lay on your shoulder for a long period, if you lay on it while sleeping, for example.

Bicep tendonitis

This one affects the tendon that attaches the muscles of your upper arm to your shoulder. You may feel this in your upper arm or your shoulder and it can be worse when you are reaching over your head or lifting something.

Golfer’s and tennis elbow

Golfer’s elbow affects the inside of your elbow and tennis elbow affects the outside of it. Both of these conditions will affect you when you bend or straighten your elbow. The pain is most commonly felt around the elbow but it can spread down your arm and into your wrist. You may notice that you have less grip strength due to the pain.

Patellar tendonitis

This one is in your knee and it is the inflammation of the tendon that joins your kneecap to your shinbone. It can be brought on by sporting activities where there is a lot of jumping, like basketball, so it is sometimes called “jumpers knee”. Symptoms to expect with jumper’s knee include; swelling, pain, warmth and redness. These are just some of the most common causes and conditions that affect tendons in areas of the body. Whether you think you have something mentioned here or not, do get your tendon pain checked out by your GP or a specialist. Doing so will mean that you get the correct treatment for the condition and this means that it will heal a lot quicker.

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