What is it?
Tendinitis is an irritation or inflammation of the tendon, most often experienced in the elbow, shoulder, heel or knee, but can be experienced in anywhere in the body. This is a condition that can increase in pain levels over time, to a point where any movement can be excruciating.
The most significant presentation of pain in tendinitis will usually be at the point where the tendon attaches to the bone. Typical symptoms include tenderness, mild swelling and pain that can best be described as a dull ache, but will eventually lead to more severe pain.
Although tendinitis can occur as a result of an injury it is most often caused by repetitive strain of a tendon due to poor technique. This can be equally true for athletes or gym-goers and people in professions that require repetitive movements.
How to treat it?
Rest, anti-inflammatory medication and physical therapy are common treatments for tendinitis. Unfortunately, often times after rest the symptoms return once exercise is resumed. In cases like this it is necessary to ensure that proper technique is maintained to reduce an unbalanced stress on the tendons.