Cedars Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital Alert: COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) information for patients and visitors LEARN MORE >>

How does tendinitis manifest? How do you treat it?

Tendinitis is a condition affecting the tendons (the cord that attaches the muscle to the bone).

Tendinitis is the inflammation or irritation of a tendon that can occur in any of our tendons, causing pain and tenderness outside a joint. Tendinitis is most common around:

  • Shoulders - swimmer's shoulder, pitcher's shoulder
  • Elbows - tennis elbow, golfer's elbow
  • Knees - jumper's knee
  • Wrists and heels

Signs and symptoms of tendinitis

Signs and symptoms of tendinitis typically include:

  • Pain often described as a dull ache
  • Tenderness
  • Mild swelling or thickening
  • Stiffness that restricts the movement of the joint involved

We recommend you to contact your doctor if:

  • Your pain doesn't ease up in a week
  • You are experiencing extremely severe pain accompanied by swelling and loss of motion - these can be the signs of a ruptured tendon

Treatments for tendinitis

There are different ways to treat this condition, in most cases it can be successfully treated with:

  • self-care and rest
  • physical therapy
  • ice and pain relievers
  • ultrasonic treatment
  • dry needling

If the problems persist you may need to undergo surgery.

Disclaimer: We do not assume responsibility for the use of the provided information or its interpretation. Our efforts are towards providing current and reliable information; however these should not be considered, or used as a substitute for diagnosis or treatment.

Source: https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Education/Medical-Library/