Tendonitis, causes, symptoms and treatment
July 31st, 2016 by LOC Team
What is tendonitis?
Tendonitis affects the tendons which are strong cords or bands of tissue which attach muscle to our bones. When the muscles contract, they help move the joints and bones, it happens every time you move any part of your body. Tendonitis is the inflammation of the tendons and it can affect other parts of your body related to the affected tendon.
Tendonitis can affect a lot of different parts of the body but the most common ones are; the elbows, shoulders, knees, wrists, fingers and back of heels.
How is tendonitis caused?
Tendonitis and other tendon injuries commonly occur during sports or any other activities that involve sharp, sudden movements, like jumping or throwing. It can also happen after overusing the tendons so it is quite a common injury in the world of long distance running. It can also be caused by repeating the same activity day to day, something as simple as writing on a keyboard or using a mouse can cause tendonitis.
What are the symptoms of tendonitis?
As tendonitis can affect many areas of the body, there are a lot of symptoms to keep an eye out for. The first is pain which isn’t really too helpful of an indicator to find out what is wrong but if the pain increases when you move the joint, it could be tendonitis.
Other symptoms of tendonitis include:
- Weakness in the affected area
- Not being able to move the joint
- Stiffness in the joint, this may be worse in the morning
- Swelling, perhaps redness or heat
- A lump on the tendon
- A sensation of the tendon cracking or grating as it moves
When should you see your GP?
Although most tendon injuries can be treated at home, we will get to that, you should see your GP if the problem is still bad after a few weeks. Your GP is likely to ask how it happened in the first place, they aren’t just looking for tendonitis but many other possible tendon injuries, be as specific as you can as this will help them identify the correct injury.
The treatments for tendonitis
The first thing to do when it comes to treating tendonitis is to stop doing the activities that caused it. You should rest the affected area as much as possible to start with and once your symptoms have started to get better, begin to return to normal activities, slowly at first, otherwise you may start off back at square one. While you are resting, take ibuprofen and paracetamol to help with the swelling and the pain. Also, apply ice to the area for about 20 minutes at a time, a few times a day.
As we said above, tendonitis should clear up on its own in a few weeks, if you follow this treatment plan. If it doesn’t then, make an appointment with your GP and they will be able to recommend the next action to take.
We hope that this tendonitis article has been helpful. Feel free to explore our blog further for more posts on other common conditions.
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