Many patients come in to see an AOA Orthopedic Specialist and describe what they believe to be tendon pain. Tendons are thick cords that attach the muscles in your body to the bones. When a tendon becomes inflamed, it can be quite painful and even debilitating. This tendon inflammation is called tendonitis, also known as tendonopathy or tendinitis.

Tendonitis symptoms typically feel like a dull ache around the affected area and pain increases with movement or palpation. Tightness or visible swelling may also be an indicator of tendonitis.

Any tendon can develop tendonitis; However, some tendons are more susceptible than others. The most common tendons to develop tendonitis are those in your shoulder, knee, elbow, heel, and wrist. Due to tendonitis being so common in these areas of the body, tendonitis may also be called any of the following names:

· Swimmer’s Shoulder

· Tennis elbow

· Golfer’s elbow

· Pitcher’s shoulder

· Jumper’s knee

If you have tendonitis of the wrist, you may have De Quervain’s tendinitis. De Quervain’s tendinitis, or De Quervain’s tenosynovitis, occurs when the two tendons around the base of your thumb become swollen.

Tendonitis causes can vary but the main cause of tendonitis is repetitive motion. Many people develop it while playing a sport or doing the same motions at work daily. Your risk to develop tendonitis increases drastically if you are making movements incorrectly. This makes it especially important to always check with a physician or medically trained professional before starting a new exercise regimen. For example, the AOA Performance Institute located in Mansfield, TX is staffed by certified athletic trainers who ensure patients are working out safely and correctly.

Some other common causes of tendonitis are:

· Injury

· Aging

· Certain diseases i.e diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis

· Certain antibiotics

If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these symptoms, be sure to utilize AOA Orthopedic Specialists 24hr scheduling line and schedule an appointment with one of our renowned physicians today! Our doctors will assess your injury and work with you to devise a treatment plain.  With 10 locations around the DFW, we cater to the whole metroplex.