Tendinitis

Friday, October 02, 2015

Tendinitis is a common problem that can cause persistent pain. It most commonly affects a persons hands, wrist, elbows and shoulders. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about this painful condition in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Tendinitis is an inflammation or irritation of the tendon, a thick cord that attaches bone to muscle. It is often caused by repetitive, minor impact on the affected area, or from a sudden more serious injury.

Many activities can cause tendinitis, including gardening, carpentry, painting and many types of athletic activity. Incorrect posture at work, improper stretching before exercise or playing sports increases a persons risk.

Tendinitis is more common in adults over 40. As tendons age they tolerate less stress, are less elastic, and are easier to tear.

Tendinitis can occur in almost any area of the body where a tendon connects a bone to a muscle. The most common symptom of tendinitis is pain at the site of the tendon and surrounding area. Pain may be a gradual buildup or sudden and severe, especially if calcium deposits are present.

Treatment for tendinitis includes resting the injured area, ice and anti-inflammatory medication. Some injuries require corticosteroid injections and physical therapy.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.