Tendonitis is a common sports injury, which you could have guessed by just looking at the list of colloquial names given to condition over the years such as tennis elbow, jumper’s knee and swimmer’s shoulder. However, it is becoming more common among those who engage in other repetitive activities too like typing (or video games). It is uncomfortable and can painful. If left untreated it may lead to more serious injury but for the most part, a bit of rest, ice and ibuprofen will have you jumping, swimming and COD-ing again in no time.
Tendons are made out of tough but flexible fibers and along with helping with movement they help provide stability. They help your body move by connecting your muscles to your bones. When a muscle contracts it pulls on a tendon that in turn pulls on a bone causing it to move.
Tendonitis is a condition where the tendon or the sheath that covers the tendon gets inflamed and swollen. It can mean that movement becomes uncomfortable or painful. You have loads of tendons in your body but there are a few that are particularly prone to getting tendonitis due to repetitive or overuse:
Sometimes tendonitis can be caused by acute or sudden injuries but it is more commonly associated with overuse or repetitive use. Sports or activities like typing, tennis and golf where you consistently perform the same movement can irritate a tendon. In a small number of cases the tendon becomes inflamed as the area it is moving over is not smooth.
The symptoms of tendonitis are pretty easy to diagnose
Most tendonitis responds pretty well to treatment you can do yourself:
Though many cases of tendonitis will heal fine following the above advice some may need to be seen by the doctor. The doctor may take x-rays to check there isn’t something else wrong.