Medical Management of Tendonitis

There can be a lot of pain and discomfort when a medical condition involving the tendon – a strong cord of fibrous collagen tissue that attaches a muscle to the bone – is affecting you. While tendonitis is a more commonly known tendon condition, it still requires a great deal of knowledge, patience and time to diagnose and treat.

What is Tendonitis?

Tendonitis is defined by an inflamed or irritated tendon, resulting in pain and sensitivity outside of a joint. Since there are multiple tendons within the body, there are various types of tendonitis that a person may be diagnosed with. Tendonitis is a degenerative and chronic condition.

Types of Tendonitis

Achilles tendonitis is one form of tendonitis that many athletes experience, affecting the Achilles tendon – located between the heel and calf muscle. Supraspinatus tendinitis involves inflammation and pain in the tendon that’s around the top of the shoulder joint. Lateral epicondylitis – widely referred to as “tennis elbow” – is tendonitis that causes shooting pain, which stems from the outside of the elbow. De Quervain’s tenosynovitis is a version of tendonitis that causes inflammation and discomfort in the casing around the thumb tendons. Additionally, tendonitis in the wrist, hip and finger is also possible.

Causes of Tendonitis

Tendonitis is a condition often brought on by a combination of factors. The main causes of tendonitis include a sudden tendon injury, repetitive movements that affect the tendon over time and old age. In some cases, tendonitis can result from a preexisting health condition – like rheumatoid arthritis or diabetes. There has been an increase of tendonitis in men and women whose jobs require them to repeat the same type of movements, such as a receptionist who types while sitting at a desk every day.

Tendonitis Symptoms

There aren’t a lot of symptoms that allow a person to realize they’re suffering from tendonitis. Those with the chronic condition will experience pain, tenderness, weakness or stiffness at or near a joint. The swelling and thickening of the tendon, right near the joint, is also a common symptom.

Diagnosing Tendonitis

In order to properly diagnose a patient’s tendonitis condition, Dr. Vora must take down a complete medical history. He will also inquire about your everyday lifestyle – like what you do for your profession, or whether or not you play sports – in order to pinpoint any contributing factors. An X-Ray may be ordered to see if another health condition, such as a fracture, is causing the pain. An MRI is another diagnostic option, used to monitor the change in tissue that surrounds the tendon. Blood tests can also check for underlying diseases as well.

Tendonitis Treatment Plans

Each patient will receive a customized treatment plan specific to their type of tendonitis and situation. Rest, medication, ice application, elevation, compression, cortisone injections, physical therapy and surgery are among the treatment  options offered in our office.

Schedule an Appointment for Your Tendonitis in Chicagoland

If you’re suffering from tendonitis, please contact Dr. Vora – an Illinois-based orthopaedic foot and ankle specialist – by calling 847-247-4000.