Tendinitis Treatment in Lafayette, LA
Tendinitis is a painful condition that occurs when a tendon becomes irritated or inflamed. These flexible cords of fibrous connective tissue are located at each end of a muscle, attaching the muscle to bone. While any tendon can be affected by tendinitis, the condition is most common in the shoulders (also known swimmer’s shoulder or pitcher’s shoulder), elbows (also known as tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow), and knees (also known as jumper’s knee).
Although tendinitis can result from sudden trauma, such as a direct blow, it is more likely to occur with overuse that stresses a tendon over time. Therefore, it is important to learn and use proper techniques when performing repetitive job duties and sports activities. Improper technique can overload a tendon and lead to tendinitis.
What Are the Signs of Tendinitis?
Tendinitis symptoms, which typically occur at the point where an irritated or inflamed tendon attaches to a bone, may include:
- A dull ache
- General tenderness
- Pain with joint movement
- Mild swelling
How Is Tendinitis Treated?
In many cases, tendinitis can be effectively treated with rest, physical therapy, and over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Many patients also benefit from an exercise program designed to stretch and strengthen the affected muscle-tendon unit. For instance, eccentric strengthening can be very effective for treating chronic tendon conditions and is now considered to be the first-line treatment for tendinitis.
If tendinitis symptoms persist and interfere with daily activities, it is important to see a physician who can perform a thorough evaluation. Severe tendinitis can lead to a tendon rupture, which may require surgical treatment.
Consult With an Orthopedic Specialist in Lafayette
Peter D. Vizzi, MD, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who has more than 25 years of experience, treats tendinitis and other orthopedic conditions using the most conservative approach possible. If you would like to discuss your injury and treatment options with Dr. Vizzi, contact his office to request an appointment in Lafayette, Louisiana.