Tendonitis is often caused by overuse. For example, too much hill running or inflexible running shoes can contribute to this condition.
Medically speaking, tendonitis is the inflammation of the tendon and results from small, micro-tears that happen when too much stress or force is applied.
Chronic tendonitis (caused by overuse) is often characterized by a dull soreness that feels worse when you first get moving, but generally eases as you warm up. Acute tendonitis (caused by injury) often results in a sharper pain.
In most cases, tendonitis pain is your body’s way of telling you to slow down and rest. It is a warning sign that you have been overdoing it, and need to take a time out.
At Home Treatment
Tendonitis, in many cases can be managed at home. However, if the pain persists –or becomes worse, it’s important to seek medical attention.
If the pain doesn’t improve within a few weeks, or becomes worse –you should seek medical attention. Your doctor may recommend either therapy or injections.
As with many overuse injuries, rest is one of the most important things that you can do to facilitate healing. However, if the injury doesn’t heal, or you are experiencing severe pain, be sure to contact your orthopedic specialist for a consultation.
If you or your loved is experiencing pain after an injury, contact Blackstone Orthopedics. We provide sports medicine for Rhode Island. Contact us today for a consultation, diagnosis, and treatment plan.
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