Tendons are tough pieces of tissue that connect your muscles to your bones.
Tendinitis is inflammation of a tendon.
Tenosynovitis is similar. In tenosynovitis, the tendon inflammation also involves the protective covering around the tendon.
Tendinitis causes pain, especially when you move that tendon
It's most common in middle-aged or older people, because tendons weaken with age
It can also be caused by hard exercise or doing tasks that use the same motions over and over
Treatments include splints, hot or cold packs, and taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, for pain
Tendinitis probably comes from the many small injuries, tears, and general wearing out that happen as you get older. Important contributing causes include:
Certain disorders make you a little more likely to get tendinitis:
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Tendinitis can also occur as a side effect of some antibiotics.
Symptoms of tendinitis include:
Tendinitis is most likely to happen to tendons in these parts of your body:
If tendinitis lasts a long time, the tendon can weaken and you may have:
Doctors can usually tell you have tendinitis based on your symptoms and physical exam.
Sometimes they do tests, such as:
Treatment usually includes:
Once the inflammation gets better, you’ll do exercises to help the tendon move more easily.
For severe cases of tendinitis, doctors may do surgery.