The tendons throughout your body play a vital role linking your muscles to your bones, so when this fibrous connective tissue becomes inflamed due to tendinitis, the resulting discomfort and pain are often more than just a nuisance. If you’re plagued by tendinitis, seek the expert counsel of orthopaedist Dr. Steven Gorin at the Institute of Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics in North Miami, Florida. To get back on the road to pain-free movement, call or schedule an appointment online today.
Your tendons are made from tough fibrous tissue, connecting your muscles to your bones. The human body has hundreds of tendons that range in size from tiny ocular tendons in your eye to the large Achilles tendon at the base of your foot.
Your tendons are designed to aid in movement and support. In these roles, they undergo a fair amount of stress. When this stress becomes too much, your tendons become irritated and inflamed, which are the primary characteristics of tendinitis.
Your tendons become inflamed over time due to tiny tears, especially with repetitive use. At a certain point, your body senses the accumulating damage and becomes inflamed to protect the area.
Tendinitis most often leads to pain, which can be nagging or severe with certain movements.
Repetitive use or overuse of a tendon is the leading cause of tendinitis, especially as you get older. Years of wear and tear begin to add up as you age, and your tendons become less flexible as a natural part of the aging process, leaving them more vulnerable to tearing.
In less common cases, tendinitis is associated with certain forms of autoimmune arthritis as well as skeletal irregularities.
Technically, tendinitis can develop anywhere you have a tendon, but the majority of your tendons perform their jobs, day in and day out, without any problems.
The hardworking tendons in your major joints are the most prone to developing inflammation. Therefore the most common areas where tendinitis strikes include your:
Dr. Gorin’s has a number of treatments he can use to reduce the inflammation in your tendons to give you relief from tendinitis pain. He first tries nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, as well as hot and cold therapies, and asks you to reduce, if not eliminate, use of the affected tendon to give it time to heal.
If your tendinitis proves unresponsive to these measures, Dr. Gorin turns to corticosteroid injections to reduce the inflammation.
To help your tendon heal more quickly, Dr. Gorin offers platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, which taps your body’s own natural growth factors and proteins and concentrates them where you need it most.
If you’re suffering from tendinitis pain, call the Institute of Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment today.