Tendonitis is an inflammation or irritation of a tendon, a thick cord that attaches bone to muscle. Your New Orleans Orthopaedic Specialists find that tendonitis is most often caused by repetitive, minor impact on the affected area, or from a sudden, more serious injury.
Anyone can get tendonitis, but it is more common in adults, especially those over 40 years of age. As tendons age, they tolerate less stress, are less elastic, and are easier to tear.
Tendonitis can occur in almost any area of the body where a tendon connects a bone to a muscle. The most common places are:
- Base of the thumb
- Achilles tendon
Symptoms of Tendonitis
The symptoms of tendonitis include:
- Pain at the site of the tendon and surrounding area;
- Pain may gradually build up or be sudden and severe, especially if calcium deposits are present;
- Loss of motion in the shoulder, called “adhesive capsulitis” or frozen shoulder.
Treatment for Tendonitis
Initial treatment of tendonitis by your orthopaedic specialist in New Orleans may include:
- Avoiding activities that aggravate the problem;
- Resting the injured area;
- Icing the area the day of the injury;
- Taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs or using topical anti-inflammatory gels.
If the condition does not improve in a week, your New Orleans orthopaedic specialist may recommend more advanced treatments, including:
- Corticosteroid injections;
- Physical therapy;
You should see your orthopaedic surgeon as soon as possible if you experience any of the following:
- Fever (over 100 degrees Fahrenheit);
- Swelling, redness, and warmth;
- General illness or multiple sites of pain;
- Inability to move the affected area.
These could be signs of another problem that needs more immediate attention.
We want to be your trusted Orthopaedic Specialists of New Orleans. If you are experiencing the symptoms of Tendonitis, please call our office at (504) 897-7877 and a member of our caring staff will be happy to help you.
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