A tendon is a thick band which connects a muscle to a bone. Tendinitis is a condition where the tendon becomes weak and inflamed due to overuse which in turns cause pain and discomfort to the affected area.
What causes tendonitis?
- Over use of the tendon usually due to excessive or intense exercise.
- The tendon can become weak due to age or injury.
- In some cases it can be caused by another condition where the joints or bones have already become weakened such as rheumatoid arthritis or Lupus.
What are the symptoms of tendonitis?
Patella Tendonitis (Knee)
Symptoms of patella tendonitis
- Pain, stifness and tenderness near the knee joint.
- Symptoms are usually aggravated by movement such as getting up from a seated position or climbing the stairs.
- The knee can become visibly swollen due to inflammation and a build up of fluid.
- Pain in usually begins as a mild ache in the back of the leg or above the heel after physcial activity.
- Episodes of more severe pain can occur after prolonged periods of running, sprinting or climbing.
- Tenderness and stifness in the ankle is also common. This is usually improves with mild activity.
Lateral Epicondylitis (Elbow tendinitis / tennis elbow)
- Mild pain or discomfort in the elbow which develops into more severe pain.
- A hard ball or knot in the elbow – known as a trigger point.
- Weak grip strength.
- Pain or burning on the outer part of your elbow.
- Difficulty twisting, turning, carrying or lifting objects.
Trigger Finger (Finger Tendinitis)
- Finger stiffness – particulary in the morning.
- A knot or bump in at the base of the affected finger.
- Finger catching or locking a bent position and straightening.
- A popping or clicking sensation when you move your finger.
- Finger locked in a bent postion which you are unable to strenghten.
Tendinitis can be treated by 4 different actions:
- Immobilise – use of a spilnt will imobilise the tendon and provide it with rest.
Physio Needs do a range of products to help immobilise the tendon and alleviate the pain associated with this condition.
Advice outlined in this post is not intended as medical advice and you should consult your GP or Physiotherapist if you are unsure about your symptoms or about wearing or using any of these products.