Tendonitis – What Is it & How Is it Treated?

Tendonitis Laramie WYAs the name suggests, tendonitis is the inflammation of a tendon, a band of tissue that connects a muscle to the bone. Inflammation typically occurs when the tendon is overused or overloaded, making it a common condition for people who repeatedly move the same muscles or lift heavy objects—athletes, musicians, manual laborers, and weightlifters, for example. In fact, in the sports world, the condition is prevalent enough to garner other names like:

  • Tennis elbow
  • Golfer’s elbow
  • Pitcher’s shoulder
  • Jumper’s knee
  • Swimmer’s shoulder

Other forms of tendonitis are de Quervain’s disease (tendonitis of the wrist), Achilles tendonitis (tendonitis of the heel), and rotator cuff tendonitis (tendonitis of the shoulder).

Symptoms of Tendonitis

The type and intensity of the symptoms vary depending on where the inflammation occurs and how severe it is but typically include:

  • A dull, achy pain
  • Tenderness, swelling, and redness
  • A grating sensation when the tendon is moved

Diagnosis & Treatment

If you suspect you may be suffering from tendonitis, the board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic doctors at Premier Bone & Joint Centers can help. We will accurately diagnose your condition so that we can provide the proper treatment, which starts with resting the joint, taking over-the-counter pain relievers, applying an ice pack, and other non-invasive treatments. At our clinic in Laramie, our physical therapists can help you manage your condition with strengthening and stretching exercises that will lead you to recovery.

Make an appointment with Premier Bone & Joint Centers today to assess whether your symptoms indicate tendonitis. We have multiple locations across Wyoming for your convenience.