Tendonitis often affects your hands and arms, but it can develop in any tendon, making this one condition you don’t want to ignore as untreated tendon inflammation eventually weakens the tendon and leads to a tear. Dr. Mark Ciaglia, DO, and Dr. William J. Jordan, MD, at the Woodlands Center for Special Surgery in The Woodlands, Texas, develop customized treatments for each patient, helping the tendonitis heal and rehabilitating the area to restore strength and motion. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book an appointment online today.
Tendonitis refers to inflammation of any tendon in your body. Since tendons connect muscles to bones, tendonitis can seriously impact your ability to move the bone associated with the irritated tendon.
A similar problem, tenosynovitis, develops when the sheath around a tendon is inflamed. In some cases, both the tendon and the sheath can be inflamed at the same time.
Tendonitis has numerous causes, including:
No matter what causes your tendonitis, it’s important to have it treated. Ongoing inflammation weakens the tendon and increases your risk of a tendon rupture.
The primary symptom of tendonitis is a pain when you move the tendon. You may also develop a buildup of fluid and swelling.
The fact that these symptoms are generic and could be caused by any number of health problems only reinforces the importance of having your doctor at the Woodlands Center for Special Surgery evaluate your pain.
Tendonitis is one of the most common hand problems, as well as one that often becomes debilitating. A few examples of the most common forms of tendonitis are:
Another form of tendonitis, posterior tibial tendon dysfunction, leads to adult-onset flatfeet.
The first line of treatment for tendonitis is the RICE protocol: rest, ice, compression, and elevation. This strategy relieves inflammation and, in mild or early cases of tendonitis, may be enough to restore health to the tendon.
Ongoing or recurring tendonitis may require immobilization, physical therapy, and a corticosteroid injection to reduce inflammation and relieve pain. The doctors at the Woodlands Center for Special Surgery also offer platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections, which are widely used to treat tendon problems.
To make your PRP injection, the doctors take a sample of your blood and separate and concentrate the platelets. Then they inject it into the damaged area. Growth factors in platelets trigger cell growth that helps repair the tendon and promote faster healing.
In severe cases of tendonitis, or when it doesn’t respond to conservative treatment, your doctor may recommend surgery to realign and repair the tendon and remove bone spurs.
Pain, swelling, and limited motion are all signs to seek professional attention from the team at the Woodlands Center for Special Surgery. Call or use online booking to schedule an appointment today.