The tendons are thick cords found throughout the body that attach bones to muscles. Tendonitis occurs when those cords become irritated and inflamed.
Repetitive motion, like painting or pitching, is the main cause of tendonitis. Sudden injuries or degenerative conditions like arthritis can cause tendonitis as well.
Tendonitis can occur in any area of the body where there are tendons, but the most common areas are the:
Often, you can find relief from tendonitis symptoms – including pain and tenderness – using conservative therapies like rest, medication or physical therapy. In rare cases, when the tendonitis is severe, we may treat tendonitis with surgery.
No matter what caused your tendonitis, our orthopedic team will work with you to find the right combination of treatments to reduce pain and restore function – so you can get back to the things you love the most.
As one of the largest regional health care providers in Wisconsin, Aurora Health Care treats thousands of people for tendonitis and other orthopedic conditions each year. That experience means we can quickly identify the treatment solution you need to get back to your active lifestyle.
When you come to us for treatment, you will also find:
Tendonitis symptoms occur at the site of the inflamed tendon and include:
Causes of tendonitis include:
To see if you have tendonitis, you’ll need to see a doctor. During your appointment, your doctor will perform a diagnostic exam that may include:
Once tendonitis is confirmed, your doctor will go over all of your treatment options and help you choose a plan that’s right for you. Learn more about orthopedic diagnosis at Aurora Health Care.
We’ll first recommend nonsurgical methods to provide tendonitis relief and restore function. Many people find long-lasting relief with these techniques to treat tendonitis:
If you have chronic, long-term pain and these methods don’t work or work only temporarily, we may recommend minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery. Using small incisions, these procedures allow us to access and repair your tendon in a more targeted way, leading to less tissue damage and an easier recovery. Find out more about minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery at Aurora.
If surgery isn’t right for you, physical or occupational therapy may be your best option. Our therapists can help you learn exercises that strengthen your tendons and muscles. These exercises also help improve your range of motion and relieve pain.