What is Tendonitis?
Tendonitis is an inflammation of a tendon. Tendons are the tough, rubbery cords that link muscles to bone. Some tendons are covered with synovium, a protective sheath of tissue. If this sheath becomes inflamed, the condition is called tenosynovitis.
How common is Tendonitis?
Tendonitis is caused by injuring or overusing a tendon. Whilst it is more common in elderly people, it can affect people of any age.
What are the symptoms of Tendonitis?
Tendonitis can cause pain and stiffness in the affected area. It can affect tendons around the shoulder, wrist, finger, elbow, thigh, knee and Achilles.
How is Tendonitis treated?
The condition is usually temporary and symptoms are treatable with painkillers and an icepack, but persistent cases may need physiotherapy or shock wave therapy.