Tendonitis is an inflammation or irritation of a tendon that often affects athletes or people whose occupation involves repetitive motion. The surgeons and physician assistants at Southern Orthopedics and Sports Medicine can help treat your tendonitis in Charleston and Mount Pleasant, South Carolina so that you can keep doing your daily activities!
Tendons are the thick, fibrous cords that attach muscle to bone. Tendonitis occurs when these tendons become inflamed or irritated, causing pain and tenderness just outside a joint. While this condition can occur in any tendon in the body, it is most common around the shoulders, elbows, wrists, knees, and heels. Symptoms of tendonitis include pain that is often described as a dull ache, especially when moving the affected limb or joint, tenderness, and mild swelling.
Some common tendonitis problems are called by alternate names, such as:
- Tennis Elbow
- Golfer’s Elbow
- Pitcher’s Shoulder
- Swimmer’s Shoulder
- Jumper’s Knee
While tendonitis can be caused by a sudden injury, it is most often the result of repetition from a particular movement over an extended period of time. People typically develop tendonitis from their job, sport, or hobby that involves repetitive motions that put stress on the tendons. Risk factors for this condition include age, working in particular jobs, and participating in certain sports.
Mild cases of tendonitis can typically be successfully treated with rest, physical therapy, and medication to reduce pain, but if symptoms are impacting day-to-day life, the condition should be examined by a doctor. More severe cases of tendonitis can lead to the rupturing of a tendon and may require surgery. If left untreated, tendonitis can develop into tendinosis, a condition that causes degenerative changes in the tendon and abnormal new blood vessel growth.
The orthopedic team at Southern Orthopedics and Sports Medicine provides treatment for tendonitis in Mount Pleasant and Charleston that helps our patients get back to their active lifestyles and occupations! Call us at (843) 936-0715 to schedule an appointment for treatment of tendonitis, sports injuries, or other orthopedic conditions.