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Tendonitis means inflammation of a tendon – the tissue that connects muscle to bone.
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What is tendonitis?
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What is tendonitis?
Tendonitis is a condition that can occur in any part of the body where muscle connects to bone. When the tendon becomes inflamed – usually due to overuse – tendonitis develops. Tendonitis can be very painful and debilitating, making even simple everyday tasks, such as making a cup of tea difficult.
The good news is that with the appropriate treatment tendonitis can heal quickly, often over just a few days.
Symptoms of tendonitis (in and around the affected area) can include:
redness and lumps along the tendon
reduced movement and weakness, and
warmth of the tendon’s overlying skin
Causes of tendonitis can include:
A sports-related injury – such as tennis elbow where, for tennis players, the condition is usually a direct result of repetitively hitting countless tennis balls over many years – possibly from childhood, or as a result of an equipment-related issue, such as: using a tennis racquet that is too big, or playing with tennis strings strung too taut.
Tendon overuse during everyday tasks – as a result of lots of writing with a pen or word processor keyboard, ironing a mountain of washing each afternoon, or over-practicing a musical instrument, such as a classical guitar.
Increased tendon and muscle activity at an unnatural rate – for example, where an exercise programme is suddenly made more intense in an effort to lose weight or prepare for a marathon, and the tendons are simply unable to cope with the new demands placed upon them.
Suddenly pulling a tendon through overstraining, digging or carrying a heavy object (this cannot only cause tendonitis in the hands but also in the shoulders, back and legs).
Diabetes – people with diabetes often suffer from tendonitis, but the reason for this is as yet unknown.
Infection – through bacteria infecting a skin wound, for example.
Rheumatoid Arthritis – where the sheath surrounding the tendon becomes inflamed
Through ageing – the elderly often develop tendonitis due to their tendons growing weaker and losing their elasticity as part of the ageing process.
Some cases of tendonitis are inexplicable, however, with the person suffering from the condition being unable to account for the cause of their tendon pain at all.
If you suffer from any of the aforementioned symptoms and think you may have tendonitis, arrange an appointment with your GP. After taking your medical history and...