Tendonitis Treatment Clinic in Walnut Creek, CA, and Brentwood, CA
Tendonitis is a swelling or irritation of a tendon that causes it to swell. Tendonitis causes pain and soreness around the afflicted joint, usually near where the tendon joins to the bone. Tendonitis can be acute or chronic. Tendonitis may occur as a result of an accident or overuse. Dr. John W. Scivally, DPM, and Dr. Robin K. Lie, DPM at Bay Area Foot and Ankle Associates offer comprehensive, personalized treatment for patients with tendonitis, alleviating your pain and symptoms so you may resume your active lifestyle. For more information, contact us or schedule an appointment online. We have convenient locations to serve you.
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Tendonitis is a medical condition that is characterized by inflammation or irritation of a tendon. Tendons are dense cords of tissue that connect the muscles to the bones and causes the force generated by the muscle to the bone. Tendonitis can happen due to many reasons, including overuse, repetitive motions, and sudden injuries. It mostly affects the tendons in the shoulders, elbows, wrists, knees, and ankles.
The treatment of tendonitis usually involves a combination of lots of rest, ice, compression, and elevating the affected area. Over-the-counter pain relievers may be used to lessen pain and reduce inflammation. It is important to see a doctor if you suspect that you have tendonitis.
Tendonitis can flare up due to various reasons. Overuse or repetitive motions are the most common causes of tendonitis flare-ups. Activities that include repetitive actions such as typing, painting, playing sports or musical instruments can put excessive strain on the tendon and cause it to become aggravated.
Other factors that can contribute to tendonitis flare-ups include:
1. Aging: as we age, the tendons become less flexible and more prone to injury.
2. Poor posture: poor posture can put extra strain on the tendons and cause them to become aggravated.
3. Improper technique: improper technique while performing physical activities, sports, or exercises can also cause tendonitis.
4. Poor nutrition: missing essential nutrients like Vitamin C, E, and Zinc can lead to weakened tendons, making them more susceptible to injury.
5. Medical conditions: rheumatoid arthritis, gout, and diabetes can also lead to developing tendonitis.
If you are experiencing tendonitis flare-ups, it is important to identify the reasons why and take steps to address it. Your healthcare provider may recommend rest, physical therapy, or other treatments to help reduce inflammation and promote healing.
Tendonitis can cause a range of symptoms, which can be different for everyone depending on the seriousness of the injury and the extent.
The more common symptoms of tendonitis are as follows:
1. Pain: it is often described as a dull pain or a sharp shooting pain.
2. Swelling: may occur in the affected area due to inflammation of the tendon.
3. Stiffness: in the affected joint, making it hard to move or complete certain activities.
4. Tenderness: the area may feel tender to the touch.
5. Weakness: in the affected area, making it hard to complete certain activities.
6. Clicking or popping sounds: may be heard when moving the affected joint.
If you have any of these symptoms, get some medical attention right away. Getting an early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent the injury from worsening and reduce the risk of complications. Your healthcare provider may recommend rest, physical therapy, or other treatments to help reduce inflammation and promote healing.
The time tendonitis takes to heal will depend on the seriousness of the injury and the affected area. In most cases, tendonitis can take several weeks to a few months to heal completely. However, some cases of severe tendonitis can take up to six months or even longer to heal depending on the injury.
The healing process of tendonitis depends on various factors like age, health, the seriousness of the injury, and the treatment received. Resting the injured area is extremely important to allow the tendon time to heal. Your doctor might suggest avoiding activities that put any strain on the affected tendon. Applying ice to the injured area can also help reduce pain and inflammation. Over-the-counter pain medications such as pain relievers might be recommended to relieve pain and lessen swelling.
In addition, physical therapy might be suggested to help bring back range of motion and strength to the injured area. Exercises for stretching and strengthening the affected tendon can help induce healing and prevent future injury. In some cases, surgery might be what’s needed to repair a severe tendon injury.
Tendonitis is a swelling of a tendon caused by overuse or damage over time. It might happen in the elbow, wrist, finger, thigh, or anywhere else. Visit us at Bay Area Foot and Ankle Associates if you are suffering from joint and/or tendon pain. Our specialists will assist you. For more information, contact us or schedule an appointment online. We have convenient locations to serve you. We serve patients from Walnut Creek CA, Brentwood CA, Concord CA, Pleasant Hill CA, Pittsburg CA, Antioch CA, Alamo CA, Danville CA, and Oakley CA.
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