Tendinitis is a disorder of the tendon that results in the tendons not working normally. This inflammation in the tendons can make the tissues weak as well as present severe pain, but the good news is that tendonitis can be treated and then we will show you how.

Tendonitis is basically the inflammation of the tendon that connects the muscles to the bone. It usually appears in tendons such as the Achilles heel and the bicipital (shoulder) tendon , although it is not ruled out in other tendons of the extremities. Its symptoms are usually pain in the affected area, swelling and inflammation; It is caused by bumps, sprains, sudden or repetitive movements etc.

Causes of tendonitis

The most common cause of tendonitis is repetitive action , which is abusing the tendons necessary to make a certain movement for a long time and repeatedly. Generally, people develop tendonitis if they frequently do the same movement while playing sports or at work . The risk increases if the movement is not done in a correct way.

Tendonitis can also be caused by:

Athletes who practice certain sports such as tennis, golf, bowling, basketball are those who are usually at greater risk of tendonitis. You may also be at risk for tendonitis if your job requires a great deal of physical effort, lifting maneuvers, and awkward positions.

Signs of tendonitis

  • Tendonitis pain is usually a sharp pain that is concentrated around the affected area or can occur in the entire set of muscles that make up the affected area, and the pain will increase when the injured area is moved.
  • The area will be tender and you will feel increased pain if someone touches it.
  • You may experience tension that makes it difficult to move that part of your body.
  • You may also have some inflammation in the area.
  • If you develop symptoms of tendonitis, begin by resting the affected area and applying ice. If your condition does not improve after a few days of rest, you should make an appointment so that a specialist can evaluate it.

How to prevent tendonitis

Tendonitis is a disease that in many cases can be prevented with a little care. As we explained, tendinitis is caused by blows, sprains, sudden or repetitive movements, all 100% avoidable.
We can avoid making sudden, sudden movements and stretching of our limbs. Exercise is also a way to prevent tendinitis, since this way it is possible to keep the muscles strong and flexible, since the lack of it is also usually one of the causes, in addition to the proper warm-up that must be done before each exercise or sport practice.

How to relieve tendonitis symptoms

Before knowing how to alleviate the symptoms of tendonitis, we must know the types of tendonitis that can affect us and how to treat the symptoms of each of them.

Achilles tendonitis:

The most common tendinitis is undoubtedly that of the “Achilles tendon” in the heel , a tendon that connects the muscles of the heel with those of the calf, that is, those of the foot with the leg. This kind of tendinitis usually appears in people who perform some type of physical effort and people who perform physical activities such as exercises or sports; they also appear in older people due to arthritis.

In these cases, to alleviate symptoms that are severe pain in the affected area, the foot should be immobilized, that is, stop walking, stand up and seek medical help to detect the severity of the tendonitis to carry out the appropriate treatment. A quick way to relieve symptoms in these cases is to apply ice to the affected area .

Tendinitis in the shoulder:

Shoulder tendinitis affects the bicipital tendon , it is also caused by some sudden movement, very common in people who practice sports such as volleyball, swimming, tennis or baseball; in addition to a great constant in people over 40 years of age due to tissue aging known as ” degenerative tendonitis “.

Like the other tendinitis, the first step to alleviate the symptoms is the total immobility of the affected area , the application of ice, in addition to waiting for the mandatory review of the specialist doctor to detect the severity of the tendonitis, remember that to treat the pain You can consult this information on natural painkillers .

Wrist tendonitis:

This kind of tendinitis usually has very painful symptoms, making it difficult to move the hand and fingers. It is caused like all tendinitis by extreme and sudden movements, in this case by carrying a lot of weight, in addition to being the result of excessive use of the hand in sports, typing on the computer, the use of the computer mouse, etc.

To alleviate symptoms of this kind of tendonitis, the hand should be immobilized immediately, and if it is possible to ice the affected area, also the use of bandages to compress the area and relieve inflammation can be a good help.

Tendinitis in the elbow:

This type of tendinitis is less common than the others, but it also affects many. Either due to sports (tennis elbow or climber’s elbow), aging or inappropriate movements. Symptoms include inflammation of the elbow and excessive pain.

In these cases, to alleviate symptoms, the arm must be immobilized , an analgesic must be applied, in some cases it must be bandaged to prevent movement and a specialist doctor must be consulted to determine the severity of the tendonitis and the appropriate treatment.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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