What is tendonitis?

Tendonitis literally means inflammation of the tendon.

What causes tendonitis?

The most common cause of tendonitis is overuse. The tendon is unaccustomed to the new level of demand, and this overuse will cause an inflammation and tendonitis.

Another common cause of symptoms of tendonitis is due to age-related changes of the tendon. As people age, the tendons loose their elasticity and ability to glide as smoothly as they used to. With increasing age, individuals are more prone to developing symptoms of tendonitis. The cause of these age-related changes is not entirely understood, but may be due to changes in the blood vessels that supply nutrition to the tendons.

Sometimes, there is an anatomical cause for tendonitis. If the tendon does not have a smooth path to glide along, it will be more likely to become irritated and inflamed. In these unusual situations, surgical treatment may be necessary to realign the tendon.

Where Does Tendonitis Occur?

Tendonitis can occur in almost any area of the body where a tendon connects a bone to a muscle.

How Can I Avoid Tendonitis?

When performing activities:
  • Take it slow at first. Gradually build up your activity level,
  • Use limited force and limited repetitions,
  • Stop if unusual pain occurs. Do something else. Try again later and if pain recurs, stop that activity for the day.