Some signs and symptoms that you may experience with Tendonitis are:
● Joint pain, depending on the location of the injury
● You may have heard a popping sound at the time of injury
● A grating or grinding sensation when moving the area affected
● Swelling and bruising
● Pain that worsens with using the muscle associated with the affected tendon
● Weakness noticed with any of the above activitiesIf You Are Experiencing Symptoms, Schedule an Appointment Dr. Burke Orthopedics Immediately.
The treatment for Tendonitis is almost always conservative. The treatment involves:
● Discontinuation of the aggravating activity, allowing the tendons to rest
● NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)
● Cortisone injections
● Physical therapy: there are many exercises that a patient will be instructed to perform in physical therapy with the focus on eccentric exercises. Eccentric exercises are a form of strengthening the muscle as it lengthens, as opposed to a concentric contraction as in a biceps curl, when the muscle is shortening as it contracts. Eccentric exercises have been proven to be quite effective in managing the pain of tendon injuries. Deep tissue and transverse friction massage are also modalities that physical therapists frequently use when treating tendon injuries
There are more invasive options that may be considered when the progression of this condition is very advanced and conservative treatment fails to reduce pain and improve function. These are Dry Needling, Ultrasonic treatment, or surgery in the case of a badly damaged or torn tendon.