Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine & Spine located in Flemington, NJ, Bridgewater, NJ & Washington, NJ
Often referred to as runner’s knee, tennis elbow, or swimmer’s shoulder, tendonitis is a common, yet often painful condition that can affect your everyday activities. Our team at MidJersey Orthopaedics, with offices in Flemington, Bridgewater and Washington, New Jersey, is trained to diagnose and treat all types of tendon problems, including tendonitis. To receive an initial consultation and physical exam, call or use the online booking tool today.
Tendonitis Q & A
What is Tendonitis?
Tendons are cords that attach muscles to bones. Tendonitis results when tendons become irritated or inflamed. Most often, tendonitis occurs around your elbows, shoulders, knees, heels, and wrists. It often occurs gradually over a period of time.
What are the Symptoms of Tendonitis?
Individuals typically experience symptoms of tendonitis where the tendon attaches to the bone, but the problem can also be in the middle of the tendon. Common symptoms of tendonitis include:
- Pain when moving the affected tendon
- Mild swelling
- Stiffness and decreased strength of the affected muscle/tendon
What Can I Expect in a Tendonitis Consultation?
Our team at MidJersey Orthopaedics aim to not only treat your immediate needs but also to educate you and provide you with the tools needed for long-lasting results.
Physicians typically diagnose tendonitis during your initial consultation and physical exam. During a physical exam, your physician pinpoints areas of tenderness and attempts to replicate the symptoms by moving the affected area. The consultation focuses on your health history and includes a series of questions that address:
- When the pain began
- Area affected by pain
- Recent falls or injuries
- Area of employment
- Physical activity
- Self-care treatments
- What improves symptoms
- What worsens symptoms
In some cases, the signs and symptoms that a patient experiences may align with other conditions. If the team needs to rule out other causes, they order X-rays to confirm the tendonitis diagnosis.
What are the Treatments for Tendonitis?
At MidJersey Orthopaedics, our experienced team focuses on eliminating your pain and reducing the inflammation. Typically, you can treat mild tendonitis with self-care measures such as:
- Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication
- Stretching and gentle strengthening
If you continue to experience symptoms that interfere with your daily life, it is important to notify MidJersey Orthopaedics to discuss further treatment options.
More advanced treatment options for tendonitis include:
- Steroid injections
- Pain medication
- Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy
- Physical therapy
- Dry needling
- Minimally invasive procedures
MidJersey Orthopaedics also utilizes a Class IV medical laser with dual-wavelength technology to treat tendonitis and reduce pain. Benefits of the laser include:
- Stimulation of enzymes
- Stimulation of DNA and cell energy
- Increased cell metabolism and cell reproduction
- Increased blood flow
- Stimulation of endorphins
To receive further information about tendonitis and the treatment options available at MidJersey Orthopaedics, call or use the online booking tool today.
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