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Tendinitis Specialist

Arthritis Associates -  - Rheumatology

Arthritis Associates

Rheumatology & Arthritis located in San Antonio, TX

Tendinitis occurs when the tendons that connect bones to muscles grow inflamed. The skilled team at Arthritis Associates in San Antonio, Texas, are experts in tendinitis treatment, particularly as it relates to rheumatic diseases such as gout, pseudogout, and rheumatoid arthritis. To get relief from persistent tendinitis discomfort, call the office or use the online scheduling feature to set up an appointment.

Tendinitis Q&A

What is tendinitis?

Tendinitis is inflammation in one of the ropelike lengths of connective tissue that attach muscle to bone. Although tendons are thick and tough, they can grow inflamed and cause considerable discomfort in a variety of circumstances. 

What are the symptoms of tendinitis?

Your tendons are very near your joints, so you often feel tendinitis under a joint or even within your joint — tendinitis can be mistaken for arthritis sometimes. 

The main symptoms of tendinitis include significant discomfort and stiffness, which usually worsen when you're moving. You may also experience swelling and severe tenderness around a joint.

As with bursitis (inflammation of the sacs that aid in joint movement), you may experience symptoms in many areas, including the knees, heels, shoulders, elbows, and wrists. Tendinitis can occur in any tendon, though. 

What causes tendinitis?

The most common cause of tendinitis is repetitive motion. Athletes, including swimmers, golfers, baseball players, and runners, are prone to tendinitis. You can also develop tendinitis if your job involves repetitive arm or wrist motions like typing on a computer for long periods of time.

Many people with rheumatic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, gout, pseudogout, and others, develop tendinitis. 

How is tendinitis treated?

Tendinitis treatment can vary depending on its cause. Physical therapy, activity modifications, and conservative treatments offer relief for many cases of tendinitis. 

If you have persistent symptoms, an intra-articular injection of corticosteroid medication can often curb swelling and discomfort for a few months or more. 

When you have an inflammatory or autoimmune condition, your treatment can also include tailored care for tendinitis. 

How can I avoid tendinitis?

Avoiding tendinitis involves taking extra steps to protect your joints and tendons. Tips include:

  • Warm-up before you exercise
  • Use good posture and proper positioning during exercise and routine activities
  • Slowly increase intensity and duration during athletic activity
  • If you're hurting, stop exercising immediately

If you have a rheumatic disease, following your treatment plan closely is one of the best ways to stay healthy and reduce your risk of tendinitis. 

Arthritis Associates provides highly customized tendinitis care based on your co-occurring health problems and personal needs. Call the office or use the online scheduling link to book your appointment.