Tendonitis

Tendonitis

With a new year comes new injuries. Tendonitis is a very common injury that affects individuals beginning a new exercise program or even during a well-established program.

A tendon connects muscles to bone. When functioning normally, these tendons glide easily and smoothly as the muscle contracts. The normal smooth gliding motion can become impaired and the tendon can become inflamed causing tendonitis, (literally inflammation of the tendon).

Overuse is the most common cause of tendonitis. It is important to ease into new activities, new exercises, and new routines in order to allow the tendons to adapt to the new level of demand. Age-related changes to the tendon can also cause tendonitis. Tendons lose their elasticity and ability to glide as people age.

Symptoms of tendonitis include tenderness directly over the tendon, pain with movement of muscles and tendons, and swelling of the tendon. Treatment includes rest, ice, anti-inflammatory medications, cortisone injections, strengthening of the surrounding musculature, breaking up repetitive activities, and protecting the tendon with splints or straps.

See the attached article for more details about the different types of tendonitis located throughout the body. Tendonitis Info

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