Tendons attach muscle to bone at a joint. When they become inflamed, you experience pain and dysfunction in places like your elbow, shoulder, or knee. The experienced pain management specialists at Health East Medical Alliance treat patients suffering from tendinitis so that they can find relief from pain and restore healthy function. Call any of the offices in Morris Heights in the Bronx, Brooklyn Heights in Brooklyn, and Staten Island, New York, or in Freehold, Englewood, and West New York, New Jersey, or use the online tool to schedule your appointment.
Tendinitis is a condition in which the connective tissue at a joint becomes inflamed. As a result, you experience pain, swelling, reduced range of motion, and compromised function. Tendinitis often becomes chronic and is incredibly difficult to fix.
You can experience tendinitis at just about any joint. The most common and bothersome sites are the:
Tennis elbow, swimmer’s shoulder, and jumper’s knee are a few examples of tendinitis.
Tendinitis usually develops gradually and becomes worse with time. You might feel a dull, aching pain in the affected joint. The joint could feel stiff and limited in its range of motion. You might also notice the area around the joint feels tender to the touch or is mildly swollen.
Tendinitis most often develops due to repetitive movement, such as throwing, painting, or swinging a racquet. As you get older, you’re more vulnerable to tendonitis. Poor posture and poor conditioning before exercise can also lead to tendonitis.
You should seek medical help for tendinitis if your pain continues for more than a week. Early treatment can prevent chronic tendinitis from setting in.
In most cases, the Health East Medical Alliance team treats tendinitis successfully with rest, pain medication, and physical therapy. Steroid injections reduce inflammation and can relieve pain. If you have severe inflammation that leads to a rupture or tear, surgery is usually required.
Physical therapy can also help you change the irritating movement patterns to help you avoid future bouts of tendinitis.
Recovery from tendinitis can take several weeks of rest and care. You might be tempted to get back to your normal activities when your symptoms start to ease up. But wait until your Health East Medical Alliance provider tells you it’s okay to resume all movement. It’s easy to reaggravate the affected tendon and delay your healing.
If you have aching pain that suggests tendinitis, consult the team at the Health East Medical Alliance office nearest you. Call today to set up an appointment or use the online tool to schedule.