Tendinitis is a common cause of pain near joints you tend to use often, especially if you play sports or work in an occupation that requires repetitive movement. At Doctors United, with locations in the West Farms and Wakefield neighborhoods in the Bronx, White Plains, Yonkers, and Ardsley, New York, the health experts evaluate and treat tendinitis in the elbow, shoulder, knee, base of the thumb, and other joints. To book an appointment, call the office or schedule online right away.
Tendinitis is a term for inflammation of one of your tendons, often due to overuse. Your tendons are cords of tissue that connect muscle to bone and are around your joints. They play key roles in helping stabilize and mobilize your joints, so tendinitis can impact your joint mobility.
A few of the most common types of tendinitis are:
These nicknames come from the types of athletes who commonly develop these forms of tendinitis due to the movements they repeatedly make in their sport.
However, each of these types of tendinitis can happen to anyone regardless of their athleticism. They happen because of repeated motions and overuse.
Tendinitis tends to cause similar symptoms in the location of the affected tendon or tendons. The primary symptom of tendinitis is pain, which is usually a dull ache near the joint. It might get worse when you move the joint and can come with additional signs like:
For the most part, you can control these symptoms with home-care measures. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications, some rest, and ice can all make a positive difference.
If your symptoms persist or the pain of tendinitis is severe, you should contact Doctors United for an evaluation.
Doctors United provides professional care for tendinitis and the symptoms that come with it. First, your provider evaluates the joint to make sure tendinitis is the root cause of any pain and swelling.
Since many joint conditions and injuries can cause the same symptoms, they may use imaging tests to rule out other possible causes.
Your provider creates a treatment plan based on the severity and longevity of your pain. Corticosteroid joint injections can relieve inflammation at the source and may be a crucial part of your treatment plan.
Additionally, physical therapy can help restore your joint mobility as you recover from tendinitis. Chiropractic care is also a helpful option.
Rarely, surgery is an option for tendinitis. It is only for severe tendinitis that doesn’t respond to conservative therapies and home care. An orthopedic specialist at Doctors United can repair the tendon if it has significant damage or has torn away from the bone.
If you experience symptoms near a joint you tend to use a lot, tendinitis is a likely cause. To schedule an appointment, call Doctors United or book a visit online today.