Pain Specialty Group
Pain Management located in Newington, NH
Tennis elbow, jumper’s knee, and swimmer’s shoulder are all types of tendonitis, which is a medical term that indicates inflammation of the tendon. In addition to being painful and making it hard for you to keep up with your favorite activities, tendonitis may worsen or even lead to a ruptured tendon if not properly treated. At Pain Specialty Group in Newington, New Hampshire, Anh L. Ngo, MD MBA, and Manuel G. Sanchez, MD, offer many treatment options for tendonitis that can reduce your pain and assist in the healing process. For a consultation, call the office or book online today.
Tendonitis Q & A
What are tendons?
Your tendons are the thick, fibrous tissues that connect your muscles to your bones. In addition to muscle attachment, tendons also assist with the movement of your bones as you carry out various activities.
While tendons are strong and durable, they’re still susceptible to injury and pain.
What is tendonitis?
Tendonitis is a medical term used to describe inflammation of your tendon. Your tendon may become inflamed due to overuse, poor conditioning, or an injury. Any tendon in your body can become inflamed, but the tendons in your shoulders, elbows, knees, wrists, and heels are most often affected.
Common types of tendonitis include:
- Tennis elbow
- Golfer’s elbow
- Swimmer’s shoulder
- Jumper’s knee
- Pitcher’s shoulder
Tendonitis isn’t always a serious medical issue, and you may be able to treat your inflamed tendon at home with over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication, ice, and rest.
What are the symptoms of tendonitis?
If you have tendonitis, you may experience a dull aching pain at the joint that may worsen with movement. Swelling and tenderness are also common symptoms.
If your symptoms of tendonitis continue despite your at-home treatments, the team at Pain Specialty Group can develop a treatment plan to ease your discomfort. If you continue to use your inflamed tendon without receiving proper medical care, then you may risk a tendon rupture.
The team may be able to easily diagnose your tendonitis by examining the affected joint. However, diagnostic imaging may be requested to rule out other causes of your joint pain.
What are the treatments for tendonitis?
The team at Pain Specialty Group develops personalized treatment plans for the management of tendonitis based on the severity of your symptoms. Your treatment plan may include:
- Anti-inflammatory medication
- Steroid injections
- Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy
The experienced pain management team also offers peripheral nerve blocks to alter the pain transmissions and reduce your discomfort. A peripheral nerve block may be recommended only if your pain is so severe that it’s preventing you from participating in your physiotherapy.
Tendonitis can be painful but treatable. For expert care from a team of experienced and respected pain medication physicians, call Pain Specialty Group or use the online booking button to request an appointment.