Tendonitis is an inflammation that can develop in a tendon. Tendons are fibers that connect your muscles to your bones. In most cases, tendonitis results from overuse of a joint. Most common symptoms include pain and tenderness. Most cases of tendonitis are relieved with rest and anti-inflammatory medications.

Tendon Anatomy

Tendons are fibers that connect your muscles to your bones. Tendons vary in size and shape. Your tendons and muscles move the bones in your joints.

Tendonitis Causes

Tendonitis results when the tendons are irritated. It develops because of overuse, injury, structural abnormalities, or diseases, such as arthritis and diabetes. Tendonitis commonly occurs at the shoulder, elbow, wrist, knee, and heel.

Tendonitis Symptoms

Tendonitis will cause pain and tenderness, especially near a joint. The pain may increase with movement or activity and may be present at night. The skin covering your tendon may be warm and red, possibly inflamed.

Tendonitis Diagnosis

The doctor can diagnose tendonitis by reviewing your medical history and conducting a physical examination. The doctor may ask about circumstances that may have contributed to your condition, and will examine your muscles and tendons and will ask you to perform certain movements against resistance. It’s important to note that there are specific examinations for each tendon.

Tendonitis Treatment

There are several different treatment options available to reduce pain and inflammation. A splint, cast, or brace may be necessary to allow your tendons to rest and heal. The doctor may recommend using an ice pack, anti-inflammatory medications, or cortisone injections. Physical or occupational therapy can help to restore function and prevent future injury.

Tendonitis Surgery

Surgery may be necessary to relieve chronic changes or inflammation around a tendon, especially with non-surgical treatments fail. Chronic tendonitis can cause a tendon to degenerate and tear. Surgery may be required to repair tendons that rupture as a result of chronic degeneration and inflammation, as well.

Tendonitis Recovery

Recovery from tendonitis is individualized and depends on many factors.Which tendon is injured is usually the determining factor.

Tendonitis Prevention

You may prevent tendonitis by stretching and exercising to keep your muscles strong and flexible. Stretching properly before physical activity is important.

Treating conditions such as Arthritis, Fractures, Rotator Cuff Tears and others

At Sports Physicians Orthopedics and Rehabilitation of Texas (SPORT), we treat athletes with a variety of shoulder and elbow injuries. The shoulder is one of the most versatile joints in your body. It provides a substantial amount of flexibility and range of motion. Because of this, it is one of the joints most vulnerable to pain and injury.

Athletes who participate in sports that require overhead and rotational motions such as baseball, softball, swimming, weight lifting, gymnastics, volleyball, and tennis are most likely to incur shoulder injuries.


At SPORT, we will identify the source of your pain and then utilize state-of-the-art therapeutic techniques that focus on restoring your range of motion.

Depending on the specific condition and its severity, these treatment options may include physical therapy, over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication, slings and supports, cortisone shots, or shoulder or elbow surgery.

If you have an acute or chronic shoulder or elbow injury that needs medical attention, call SPORT at (469) 200-28322 to arrange a consultation or you can request one online. Hurt today? We can arrange a same-day urgent care visit to ensure you get fast, effective relief.

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