Tendonitis refers to the inflammation of a tendon. Tendonitis defines a wide range of complications, ranging from a minor irritation on the tendon surface to active degeneration of tendons. Degenerative tendon disease acts just like degenerative joint disease. It is vital to establish the stage and progression of the disease in order to determine a clear line of action for treating it.
How Is Tendonitis Caused and How is it Managed?
Tendonitis usually occurs due to either an increased activity or any unexpected loading of an area. Usually, the first line of action is management by reducing inflammation and restoring movement in the muscle, wherein recovery will progress.
Management methods typically depend on the location of the tendon.
The patellar tendon located in the knee and the Achilles tendon in the leg are two of the most notorious tendons that form chronic irritation, and are difficult to manage.
Another tendon, located in the shoulder rotator cuff, usually causes impingement, and can prove quite a stubborn condition to resolve and manage.
Each of these scenarios requires developing clear clinical analysis that helps reduce tendon pain while addressing and treating the underlying causes of the problem at the same time.
Again, this is an area where comprehensive knowledge of the biomechanical functionality of the body is crucial to effectively evaluate the exact location of breakdown.
Historically, tendon pain was treated with cortisone steroid injections, but its use has become less frequent lately due to an increased risk of rupture in the Patellar and Achilles tendon post-injection. If a rupture occurs, a debilitating disability develops and requires surgical reconstruction.
For shoulder impingements, the risk due to steroid injection is much lower.