Tennis elbow is the most well-known sports-related tendinitis cause, and Dr. Nikesh Seth treats a number of athletes at Integrated Pain Consultants. However, tennis is far from the only sport that can cause tendinitis. Any repetitive movement can lead to this painful condition. Common sports include golf, baseball, swimming, and jumping—also known as golfer’s elbow, pitcher’s shoulder, swimmer’s shoulder, and jumper’s knee.
Technically, tendinitis can be caused by any acute, sudden injury to a tendon. However, it’s often caused by stress from repetitive motion. Whether you’re a professional athlete, weekend warrior, or a desk jockey, if you’re putting regular stress on the same tendon, you’re at risk of tendinitis.
Tendinitis is an inflammation of the tendon, that fibrous cord that links muscle to bone. Hallmarks of tendinitis include pain and tenderness near the joint. It can happen anywhere you have a tendon, but it’s most common in the shoulder, heels, knee, ankles, and wrists. Fortunately, tendinitis is usually treatable. Rest, physical therapy, and in some cases pain medication is recommended. There are also alternative treatments.
Many people can’t completely stop the motion that leads to tendinitis. It might be required of their work or beloved hobby. Short-term rest may be doable, and there may be modifications to the activity causing the pain. However, it’s risky to depend on medications or a lifetime of prescribed rest as the only cure. Alternatively, drug-free therapies can provide immediate pain relief.
If you have tendinitis that’s interfering with your daily life, it’s time to get help. People are at a higher risk as they age because tendons lose flexibility. Let an inflamed tendon linger too long without treatment, and there’s a risk of rupturing it. This is serious and can require surgery. Take action now and start treating your tendinitis without giving up your job or what you love. Connect with Integrated Pain Consultants today to learn more about treatment options.