Tendonitis: Symptoms, Causes, Treatment And Prevention

If you have tendonitis, you are not alone. Tendonitis can affect any tendon in your body and can be very painful. Tendons are rope-like cords that attach muscle to bone. There are about 4000 of them in the human body. Tendonitis occurs when these tendons become inflamed or swollen. Doctors and other medical practitioners can successfully treat the symptoms, and many people go on to live normal lives with the condition. What causes tendonitis, what does it feel like, and how can it be treated or prevented? Read on to learn more about this painful condition.

 

What Causes Tendonitis?

The exact cause of tendonitis and other tendinopathies is not fully understood, but there are a few potential causes:
  • Repetitive motion: Tendonitis is most likely caused by repetitive motions. It is especially common in athletes and people who work physical jobs that require continuous and repetitive movement.
  • Aging: Aging may play a role in the development of tendonitis, as tendons weaken over time and can endure less stress after age 40.
  • Injury or infection: Researchers don’t know exactly what causes the inflammation in tendonitis, but they believe a similar process occurs in all affected individuals. It is believed that an injury, infection, or continuous mechanical movement triggers an inflammatory response in the tendon and surrounding tissues, causing pain, swelling, and tenderness.

Signs, Symptoms, and Risk Factors

If you work a physically demanding job that requires repetitive, stressful movement, you may be unaware that you are already experiencing the symptoms of tendonitis. Symptoms of tendonitis include:
  • Pain similar to the discomfort of muscle strain but closer to the bone
  • A grating sensation when moving the tendon
  • Swelling in the area
  • Pain that worsens during movement and improves with rest
You may be more at risk for developing tendonitis if you have diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, or an existing infection. Other risk factors include excessive exercise, repetitive motion, and acute injury. Athletes and those over 40 years old are most at risk for developing the condition. Many people describe tendonitis pain as a dull ache that intensifies with movement. Pain and tenderness usually follow a particularly active day and typically last until movement stops.

Source: https://www.symptomfind.com/health-conditions/tendonitis-symptoms-causes-treatment-and-prevention?ueid=fd0fd971-926a-4255-b883-9252ea75b4a5

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