How to Prevent Tendonitis

Pain in a joint can often be traced to tendonitis (also known as tendinitis). This pain is due to an inflammation of a tendon, the soft tissue that connects muscle to bone. When a tendon is irritated, inflamed, or damaged, you can feel intense pain. Commonly affected areas are your heel, knee, shoulder, elbow, or wrist.

In 2017, people with tendonitis pain missed a median average of 33 days of work — even more than people with bone fractures, who missed a median average of only 31 days. At Bregman Foot-Ankle & Nerve Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, Dr.  Peter J. Bregman has multiple ways to help treat tendonitis and offer pain relief as well as restored function. However, the best option is prevention: avoiding the situations that cause tendonitis in the first place.

Causes of tendonitis

Tendonitis is commonly caused by repetitive actions. Athletes often end up with sports-related tendonitis due to overuse:

Tendonitis can also come on quickly if you participate in a high level of activity you aren’t used to, such as going skiing on a weekend without being physically active for some time.

People who work manual jobs requiring heavy lifting or repeated squatting or reaching overhead also develop tendonitis. Painters, gardeners, carpenters, and house cleaners can be at risk. Occupational tendonitis usually worsens over time until work becomes impossible.

Preventing tendonitis

You can prevent tendonitis by carefully monitoring the activities that require repetitive motions and imposing limits to help you avoid doing damage to a tendon. For example:

If you do develop acute or chronic tendonitis, Dr. Bregman can diagnose your problem and help you find solutions. He can treat you with excellent nonsurgical options such as platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections, prolotherapy, laser treatment, amniotic fluid and/or exosome injections, or even surgically remove dead or damaged tendon cells and scar tissue if necessary to promote healing and reduce pain.

If you have acute or chronic joint pain and suspect tendonitis, call our office at 702-703-2526 to book a consultation.

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