Tendonitis is normally caused by fissures or small tears in the surrounding tissue, or gradual deterioration of tendons where they connect to the bone. Today we’re discussing the symptoms, causes, and management of tendonitis in Louisiana.
Tendon pain commonly affects the following areas.
Knee Conditions: The tendon joining the shin bone and the kneecap can become red, warm or swollen, causing tendonitis of the knee. This is often called jumper’s knee as it can be caused by sports such as basketball, where there is a lot of jumping involved.
Shoulder Problems: Patients can suffer from problems with the tendon that is located at the crown of the shoulder. When you make arm movements, especially when raising it, you will experience pain. This might also be caused at night by lying on the shoulder.
Problems in the Upper Arm: Problems may be experienced with the tendon that joins the bicep and shoulder. This will cause upper arm or shoulder pain, particularly when you put your arms above your head.
Elbow Symptoms: Tennis and golfer’s elbow both involve problems with the tendons at either the side or middle of your elbow. The condition means that movement of the tendons will cause pain and you may have a weaker grip or a stiff elbow.
Thumb and Finger Problems: De Quervain’s tendonitis in Louisiana is when the sheath around the tendons in your thumb thickens and swells, making it painful to move. You can also suffer from a trigger thumb or finger, which is where the affected joint remains bent, and it will cause a clicking effect when straightened.
Achilles Heel: With this condition, the tendon joining your calf muscle and heel becomes inflamed. It can be caused by an injury during sports or by ill-fitting shoes. Achilles heel can also be a symptom of rheumatoid arthritis.
What Treatment Options are Available for Tendonitis in Louisiana?
Following a diagnosis, it is essential to get the right treatment to ensure you are able to fully recover from the condition. A combination of treatments is typically offered to give you the best possible chance of a full and speedy recovery.
Once you have confirmed the condition, you can use the range of treatment techniques below.
Rest: If sport, crouching or typing has caused tendonitis, then stop doing it. Although it’s not always possible to completely avoid the problem activity, especially if you do this for work, it is essential that you rest the tendon as much as possible to reduce the risk of further damage and inflammation.
Ice: Ice packs can help to soothe the swelling associated with tendonitis in Louisiana. It’s recommended that you wrap an ice pack in a towel to avoid direct contact with the skin as this can cause an ice burn. Use a specific, reusable gel ice pack or bag of ice and hold it to the area for 15 to 20 minutes, whenever the heat feels uncomfortable.
Painkillers: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen can reduce swelling and provide pain relief in the short term. These are taken in pill form, or there is also a gel that you can apply to the area. Stronger painkillers that contain codeine can be prescribed, but it is not recommended that you take these drugs for long periods of time.
Physiotherapy: This technique uses massaging and manipulation techniques to encourage the return of movement to the afflicted areas. Methods include direct massage, ultrasound, laser treatment and specific exercises to strengthen and tone the tendon and appropriate muscles. Physiotherapy can relieve pain and aims to achieve long-term improvement.
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