Do you think you have tendonitis? See your healthcare provider now.
Tendonitis, especially tennis elbow, quarterback shoulder, and jumper’s knee, is your body’s way of telling you that you’re putting too much stress on your muscles and joints.
Mexton Deacon, DPM, of Milwaukee Advanced Foot & Ankle Clinic can expertly treat tendonitis. Dr. Deacon can help cure tendonitis with a variety of personalized nonsurgical treatments.
What is tendonitis?
Tendons are connective tissues that attach muscles to your bones. When muscles contract, tendons react and cause bones to move. And when the tendons become inflamed or irritated, that is how tendonitis occurs.
Dr. Deacon generally deals with tendonitis of the knee or what you call jumper’s knee and tendonitis heel or Achilles tendonitis. Normal tendonitis can be treated with conservative measures, while more severe cases may require surgery.
What are the common signs and symptoms of tendonitis?
The most common symptoms of tendonitis are:
- Dulling ache or pain felt in your knee or heel that gets worse when you move
- Difficulty moving the joint
- Feels a grating when you move the tendon.
- Swelling and tenderness of the joint, sometimes with heat or redness.
Symptoms of tendonitis may subside on their own with home remedies but if signs persist, set up an appointment with Dr. Deacon.
What causes tendonitis?
Tendonitis can be caused by:
- Fluke sports injury
- Forceful exertion
- Progressive wear and tear over time
- Sudden, sharp movements or repetitive exercises, such as running, jumping, or throwing
- Repetitive movements
- Having poor posture or technique while at work or when playing a sport.
You can prevent tendonitis by replacing bad habits with these methods:
- Doing warm-ups thoroughly before playing a sport or working out
- Training for a new sport before you start it
- Learning the proper use of the proper equipment for any exercise or activity
- Working out regularly
How is tendonitis treated?
Before any treatment, Dr. Deacon first performs a comprehensive physical exam. This is to learn more about your condition and discuss your symptoms with you. After consultation, he will closely work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan.
In many cases, tendonitis of the knee or heel can be treated with resting the injured area, avoiding activities that aggravate the problem, icing to reduce swelling, and physical therapy to improve joint strength and flexibility. You can also take over-the-counter pain medication to reduce swelling and pain.
However, if you have a severe tendonitis, it is best to call a doctor. Your tendonitis may need surgery to treat. Dr. Deacon excels at the surgery to repair different forms of tendonitis and can provide a consultation.
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