Tendonitis is the medical term used to describe when tendons in our body become irritated and inflamed. Our tendons are located throughout our body and are like cords or bands of fibrous tissues. These tendons are the tissues that connect and attach our muscles to our bones. Since there are so many of these tendons spread throughout the body, tendonitis can become a problem in any area that the tendons have become irritated.

There are a couple of reasons a person may develop tendonitis but the main reason is overuse of a particular tendon. This can happen during work or hobbies that require repetitive motions of the same tendon. Often a new exercise routine can cause tendonitis, especially if a person is not used to working out regularly and the tendons take on a higher demand during the routine. The other cause of tendonitis is due to the aging process. Tendons loose elasticity throughout our lifetime and they can become less smooth over time causing us to develop signs of tendonitis.

Symptoms of tendonitis can range from person to person or depending on the severity of the condition. You could start by experiencing mild pain or you may have pain that is more severe. Depending on the tendon being used and how it is being used can also have an effect on the symptoms. Most people will experience pain, discomfort and aching with an overused tendon. When you have tendonitis you may feel as if you have lost all strength in the muscle that the tendon is attached to. Pain can be felt anytime the muscle that is attached to the tendon becomes flexed and therefore you become unable to use that muscle at all without feeling discomfort.

Once you start to notice the symptoms of tendonitis it is important to see your doctor as soon as possible to have it checked out. Delaying a diagnosis can cause further damage and possibly irreparable damage to be done to the tendon. Your doctor will be able to do a physical exam to determine if it is in fact tendonitis you are dealing with and will rule out other possible conditions that may share the same symptoms as tendonitis.

In order to start the healing process of tendonitis it is extremely important to stop the activity that was causing the condition in the first place. Resting the strained tendons is the utmost important form of treatment when it comes to repairing the damage. This step will take some time but once the pain has lessened at the affected site it then becomes important to start the stretching and massaging of the muscle group that is being worked. By stretching and massaging the muscles you relax them. This will loosen the tendons so they can work more smoothly and create proper blood circulation throughout the tendons as well. Once these steps have been accomplished successfully and the pain has subsided it may become crucial to focus on strengthening the muscles that are weak and causing the tendons to be overworked. Often tendonitis is the result of having a weak muscle group that isn’t used to being used so much. Strengthening those particular areas can help prevent the tendonitis from occurring again in the same area.

Your doctor will be able to look at your particular situation and will instruct you on what treatment process would be best suited for your needs. Since there are so many tendons throughout the body it means that each diagnosis can be treated differently. Be sure to see your doctor after you have noticed any of the symptoms of tendonitis so you can get on the path to recovery right away.

Last updated on Sep 3rd, 2009 and filed under Other Conditions & Diseases. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

1 Response for “Tendonitis”

  1. Nur Syafiqah says:

    Is tendonitis a form of muscular dystrophy?

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