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The "itis" in Tendonitis

The suffix ‘itis’ is often added to terminology to imply inflammation, therefore tendonitis refers to inflammation of a tendon.

Tendonitis is usually diagnosed for an acute injury in which the tendon is overloaded, causing pain and swelling from tears in the injured tissue. Excessive training and overuse or repetitive action of a particular joint or group of joints (known as overuse syndrome), may result in the pain and dysfunction. . Usually caused by repetitive movements (like exercise or sitting in the same position for many hours), injuries or built-up inflammation over time, tendonitis can cause a lot of pain. Whether it’s a painful shoulder, knee or elbow, tendonitis can be troublesome conditions that can affect just about anyone. The pain can increase gradually, build up over time or it can be sudden and severe. Individuals who are over 40 years old are more likely to develop tendonitis. As we age, our ligaments, bones and tendons slowly weaken with everyday wear and tear, so we’re more likely to experience things like muscle or joint pain.

Tendonitis Signs and Symptoms

Tendonitis symptoms can vary in terms of how long they last, some healing within a couple weeks with others lasting for more than a few months. It really all depends on how severe your injury is, how long it’s been going on and how much inflammation has developed. The sooner you address the problem, rest and seek treatment, the quicker you should be able to see symptoms subside.

Some of the common areas of the body where tendonitis can develop include the knees, shoulders, heels, elbows, wrists, hips and hands. Different types of tendonitis go by various names depending on how and where it forms, for example:

  • “Tennis elbow”

  • “Golfer’s elbow”

  • “Pitcher’s shoulder”

  • “Swimmer’s shoulder”

  • “Jumper’s knee”

Treatment of Tendonitis

Tendonitis is treated in different ways depending on where it’s located on the body, how long it’s been present and the person’s physical activity level. Delaware Injury Care can help treat your tendonitis. Our treatment plans include laser therapy, electric stimulation, ultrasound, ice/heat packs, and rehabilitative exercises, all geared towards reducing inflammation.

We also treat:


Disc Herniation

Neck Pain

Lower Back Pain

Arm and Leg Pain

Call now for a Free Consultation 302-678-8866. We have locations in Milford, Dover, Seaford and Wilmington.

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