Tendonitis is the inflammation of a tendon. It happens when a person overuses or injures a tendon, for example, during sport. It is normally linked to an acute injury with inflammation.
It often affects the elbow, wrist, finger, thigh, and other parts of the body.
The body part that is involved may give the injury its name, for example, Achilles tendonitis. Familiar terms are tennis or golfer’s elbow, jumper’s knee, and pitcher’s shoulder.
Tendonitis can occur at any age, but it is more common among adults who do a lot of sport. Older people are also susceptible, because the tendons tend to lose elasticity and become weaker with age.
Tendonosis has similar symptoms, but it is a chronic, or long-term, condition, and it is degenerative.
How Tendinitis Is Treated.
Initial treatment of tendinitis includes:
- 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, see your doctor. You may need more advanced treatments, including:
- Corticosteroid injections. Corticosteroids (often called simply “steroids”) are often used because they work quickly to decrease the inflammation and pain.
- Physical therapy. This can be very beneficial, especially for a “frozen shoulder.” Physical therapy includes range-of-motion exercises and splinting (thumb, forearm, bands).
- Surgery. This is only rarely needed for severe problems not responding to other treatments.
How Long Will Recovery From Tendinitis Take?
Tendinitis may take weeks to months to go away, depending on the severity of your injury.