Tendons are identified as the flexible, thick, and fibrous cord of tissue that connects a muscle to a bone. If a tendon becomes inflamed or irritated, tendinitis can occur and lead to significant pain and tenderness around the affected area. Though it can affect any tendon, tendinitis is most prevalent in the wrists, elbows, heels, knees, and shoulders. In some instances, tendinitis can be conservatively treated with rest, but there are cases in which the tendon may rupture and require more invasive treatment. Experienced orthopedic physician Dr. Christopher Williams and our team at Interventional Orthopedics of Atlanta offer a number of treatment options for individuals suffering from tendinitis. Learn more about your treatment options by contacting our Atlanta, GA facility to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Williams.
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The symptoms of tendinitis typically develop at the area where the tendon connects to the bone. The most common symptoms may include inflammation and swelling, pain with movement of the limb, and tenderness. When not cared for properly, tendinitis can lead to the rupture of the tendon, which can cause degenerative changes in the tendon and the growth of abnormal blood vessels. If you are experiencing symptoms that you believe are due to tendinitis, it is important to seek medical attention in order to receive a proper diagnosis before the condition progresses.
Causes of Tendinitis
While it is possible for tendinitis to be the result of an injury or trauma, it is typically caused by repetitive movement over time. There are several risk factors that can make a person more likely to develop tendinitis, such as their age and occupation. As we get older, our tendons lose their flexibility and increase the risk of injury. Individuals whose jobs include strenuous lifting and repetitive motions can also be more susceptible to developing tendinitis. Additionally, tendinitis is common in individuals who regularly play sports or are professional athletes.
Tendinitis Treatment Options
Tendinitis is typically diagnosed with a simple physical exam and an evaluation of your medical history, but an x-ray may be taken in order to rule out any other possible causes for your pain and discomfort. When treating tendinitis, the main goal is to alleviate pain and inflammation. In order to do so, anti-inflammatory medications may be initially prescribed, as well as physical therapy. If your symptoms do not improve with medication or therapy, corticosteroid injections or platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy can then be suggested. Other methods of treatment could include dry needling, ultrasound treatment, and surgery in severe cases.
Based on your current symptoms and past medical history, Dr. Williams will develop a treatment plan that will allow for the best possible results and a long-term outcome.
Discover Optimal Relief
Your tendons play a very important role in providing mobility and stability to your muscles and joints. When a tendon is compromised, it can greatly affect your everyday life. Thankfully, Dr. Williams and our team at Interventional Orthopedics of Atlanta offer a variety of treatment options for patients suffering from tendinitis to allow for optimal pain relief and reduce inflammation. Contact our state-of-the-art Atlanta, GA facility to learn more and to schedule an initial consultation.