cause of chronic tendonitis is usually due to the overuse, injury,
infection or the loss of elasticity in the tendons.
While tendonitis occurs
mainly in the tendons of the wrists, heel shoulder or
elbow, it can show up in any tendon in the
Inflammation of the tendon
(dense, tough, white, fibrous tissue connecting muscle to bone) is known as
tendonitis. Chronic tendonitis can occur after an injury or due to repetitive
motions done over time. Tendonitis often occurs in the shoulder but may
occur in the elbow (commonly referred to as tennis elbow), in the Achilles
tendon (Achilles tendonitis), in the wrist, knee (patellar), ankle, hip
biceps, or other areas where the tendons connect to the bone. The area
affected by tendonitis depends on the area that the patient uses the most or
the area that an injury occurred.
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Tendonitis is caused by over use of the tendon, ill-fitting shoes, bone
spurs, or obesity. All of these things put stress and strain on the tendons
which could lead to tendonitis. One example of tendonitis is when a person
plays tennis and repetitively swings the racket; the tendons of the elbow
will become tighter and begin to tear over time. This tearing will cause the
inflammation and pain of chronic tendonitis. Scar tissue then forms over time and
stiffness and a decreased range of motion of the joint will occur.
What are the Symptoms of
Symptoms of tendonitis include a sharp or an achy pain, swelling and
tenderness, limited movement of affected joint, a burning sensation in the
area, and weakness in the arm or leg. Pain is normally worse during and
after activity and becomes stiff the following day.
What are the Treatments for
Chronic tendonitis pain should subside markedly after about three weeks but healing
does not occur fully until about six weeks. Scar tissue will form which will
bind the tissues together. Sometimes scar tissue continues to form after six
months and then the condition is chronic and more difficult to treat.
Tendonitis can be treated by
resting the affected area, applying ice to the affected area
for the first 24 to 48 hours, followed by applying moist heat to the area.
Immobilizing the joint by putting a brace on the area will help in healing
and prevent further damage to the tendon. Ibuprofen or aspirin can be taken
to both relieve the pain and the swelling of chronic tendonitis.
Shoe inserts may be used if the
chronic tendonitis is being caused by bone spurs in the feet, with
tendonitis or other forms of chronic tendonitis that affect the
feet or legs. The doctor may
prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs or an ultrasound treatment as well.
Ultrasound is a treatment that uses the quick vibrations of sound waves to
improve the circulation in the tissue and soften the scar tissue that is
formed by tendonitis. After the area has healed, gentle exercise will help
break down scar tissue and help restore movement to the area affected by
Regular and gentle stretching
of the muscle will prevent the muscle from becoming pulled. Sometimes the
doctor may inject cortisone into the site directly to reduce the pain and
the swelling caused by tendonitis. This is done infrequently, however, due
to the resulting weakening of the tendon and the creation of further scar
tissue. If the tendons rupture, surgery may be necessary to repair the
Can Tendonitis be Prevented?
Chronic tendonitis can be prevented by taking breaks from repetitive activities
every once in a while. Begin new exercises gradually and if you feel pain,
stop the exercise and rest. Don’t try to work through the pain because
permanent damage to the tendons may result.
Also, be sure to stretch the
muscles after warming up but before exercising and then again after
exercising. When you stretch, do not bounce. In addition, it is important to
wear properly fitting shoes so that they do not rub against the tendons of
the foot. Maintaining a normal weight will also help prevent tendonitis
caused by the strain on the tendons due to excess weight.
If you take the proper time to
let the tendon heal as well as treating it properly, you may be able to
avoid surgery and restore movement to the area.
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