Tendonitis, also known as tendinitis, is the inflammation of a tendon. Tendinitis is a type of tendinopathy - a disease of the tendon. Tendinosis is similar to tendinitis, but requires different treatment. Tendinitis refers to larger-scale acute (sudden, short-term) injuries with inflammation.Usually tendinitis is referred to by the body part involved, for example, Achilles tendinitis which affects the Achilles tendon, or patellar tendinitis which affects the patellar tendon (jumper's knee). Tendinitis can occur in various other parts of the body, including the elbow, wrist, finger, or thigh. It is caused by overusing a tendon or injuring it, as may happen during sport.Signs and symptoms include
The pain which may get worse when one uses the tendon.
One may have more pain and stiffness during the night or when one gets up in the morning.
The area may be tender, red, warm, or swollen if there is inflammation.
One may notice a crunchy sound or feeling when one use the tendon.
HOW IS TENDONITIS DIAGNOSED?
Orthopaedician performs a complete examination of the affected area. The doctor may evaluate your medical history and enquire about recent injury. Diagnostic tests like X-rays and MRI may be performed to confirm Tendonitis.
HOW IS TENDONITIS TREATED?
Treatment of Tendonitis aims at reducing inflammation and pain. Rest, Ice and elevation of the affected area help in recovery from Tendonitis. Wrapping the area in a compression bandage until swelling goes away is another way of treating Tendonitis. Surgery may be performed for severe damage to tissue.
DID YOU KNOW?
Tendonitis can affect people of any age, but is more common among adults who do a lot of sports. Elderly individuals are also susceptible to tendonitis because our tendons tend to lose their elasticity and become weaker as we get older.