DAVE WATTS, MD
Tendinitis is a medical condition caused by inflammation, irritation, and swelling of a tendon. This inflammation usually occurs in a tissue which joins the muscle and bone. There can be several causes of tendinitis including aging, overuse of a tendon, or injury. Sometimes diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes can be the cause of tendinitis. The most common areas affected by tendinitis include heels, elbows, shoulders, and wrists.
Symptoms of Tendinitis
Pain at night in the heels, elbows, shoulders or wrists.
The pain and tenderness which can affect the mobility of the joints.
Treatments for Tendinitis
Rest can sometimes help if the tendinitis is not that severe.
The use of splints or removable braces to immobilize the effect joint until it heals.
The doctor may advise the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicines like ibuprofen or aspirin.
The use of physiotherapy to help improve stretching and strength of muscles and tendons.
At times, if all these treatment options fail to work, the orthopedic surgeon may suggest surgery.