Tendinitis

Tendinitis Treatment in CT & NY

Tendinitis is a condition in which the tissue connecting muscle to bone becomes inflamed. Though tendinitis can occur in any of the tendons, it is the most common around the shoulders, elbows, wrists, knees and heels. The condition typically stems from repetitive movement over time.

Symptoms of Tendinitis

Pain associated with tendinitis is often described as a dull ache when moving the affected joint. Other common signs and symptoms of tendinitis include:

  • Tenderness
  • Swelling, heat and redness
  • A lump may develop along the tendon

Causes of Tendinitis

Tendinitis is most often caused by sudden injury or repetition of a movement over time. Common risk factors include:

  • Age
  • Occupation, such as jobs that require repetitive movements, frequent overhead reaching, and forceful exertion
  • Playing sports, such as tennis, basketball, baseball, golf, and bowling
  • Certain health conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, kidney diseases and gout

Treatment for Tendinitis

In most cases, treatment aims to relieve pain and reduce inflammation. Common at-home treatment options include:

  • Rest
  • Heat/cold therapy
  • Pain relievers, such as OTC and NSAIDs
  • Corticosteroid injections

Physical therapy is a very beneficial treatment method for tendinitis. It includes strengthening the muscles surrounding the tendon and increasing range of motion to alleviate pain. Tendinitis may take weeks to months to cease, depending on the severity of the injury.

At Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation of NY & CT, we offer a variety of personalized treatments to help you find relief. To learn more about which treatment is right for you, schedule an appointment today!

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