Tendonitis is a medical condition in which the tendon is inflamed. Tendonitis causes acute pain and tenderness of the tendon, which makes it difficult to move the joint. Tendonitis could be caused due to injury, repetitive movement, aging or disease. Symptoms are:
• Dull ache around the affected area
• Increase in pain during motion
• Tenderness of the joint
HOW IS TENDONITIS DIAGNOSED?
Tendonitis can be diagnosed by a doctor based on the patient's symptoms and a physical examination. When attempting to move the tendon a creaky sound may be heard, this is because the tendon sheath has become thicker.X-ray pictures that show up calcium deposits around the tendon may help confirm a diagnosis.Imaging tests, such as ultrasound or MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) may reveal swelling of the tendon sheath.
HOW IS TENDONITIS TREATED?
Treatment is aimed at relieving pain and reducing inflammation. In many cases rest, applying ice packs to the affected area, and OTC (over-the-counter, no prescription required) pain relievers are all that the patient needs. Tendinitis symptoms may last from just a few days to several weeks or months. A physical therapist may be able to manipulate and massage the affected area, providing helpful relief and accelerating the healing process. Injecting a steroid around the affected tendon, or even into the tendon sheath may help alleviate symptoms.
DID YOU KNOW?
Maintaining physical fitness and building muscle tone helps prevent Tendonitis