Tendinitis can happen to anyone, but athletes are especially prone to this common injury. Sports medicine physician Behrang Dehkordi, MD, provides holistic treatment for tendinitis at HD Health and Sport in Mission Viejo, California. If tendinitis has sidelined you from your favorite sport or activity, call or book an appointment online today.
Tendons are thick bands of tissue that connect muscle to bone. Tendinitis occurs when a tendon gets irritated and inflamed, causing pain and tenderness near the affected joint. Tendinitis can affect any tendon in your body, but it most often occurs in your shoulders, elbows, wrists, knees, and heels.
Dr. Dehkordi treats various types of tendinitis, including:
Several types of tendinitis are named after sports or activities that involve repetitive movements and may irritate a tendon. However, you don’t need to participate in these particular sports to develop tendinitis.
Common symptoms of tendinitis include a dull ache just outside the affected joint that increases when you move it. You may also notice some swelling and feel tightness that makes it difficult to perform certain movements.
Repetitive movements, such as reaching overhead or swinging a tennis racket, are the most common causes of tendinitis. Performing these movements with improper technique increases your risk of irritating a tendon. Tendinitis can also result from an acute injury, such as a fall or direct contact during sports.
Most of the time, tendinitis gets better with self-care measures, such as icing the area and modifying activities. If your pain and symptoms don’t let up, or if they interfere with your normal activities, Dr. Dehkordi can help.
First, Dr. Dehkordi reviews your medical history and examines your painful joint. He may press on the area to check for tenderness and ask you to move the joint to check your range of motion.
Then, Dr. Dehkordi discusses the best treatment options based on your specific needs. Depending on the type and severity of your tendinitis, treatment may include:
If your tendon is completely torn, surgery may be necessary.
In addition to treating your tendinitis, Dr. Dehkordi educates you on ways to prevent this injury from happening again. For effective tendinitis treatment, call HD Health and Sport or book an appointment online today.