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What is tendonitis?

Tendonitis refers to the inflammation or tearing of a tendon, which is a thick cord of tissue that attaches your muscles to your bones. Tendonitis often occurs due to sports or other labor-intensive activities and can manifest in many areas of the body. The following are the most common forms of tendonitis in athletes:
  • Elbow tendonitis
  • Shoulder tendonitis
  • Hip tendonitis
  • Knee tendonitis
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Bicep tendonitis
  • Bicep tendonitis
  • Thumb tendonitis

At Performance Health in NYC, our board-certified sports medicine physicians and specialists are experts at treating tendonitis and other injuries. Learn more about our tendonitis treatments below, or request an appointment using the form on this page.

What causes tendonitis?

The most common cause of tendonitis is repetitive activities that cause strain on the tendon, commonly caused by sports or other activities:

Tendonitis from Sports

Participating in certain sports can lead to tendonitis, usually when the player is using improper form or technique when performing certain movements. Sports that can cause tendonitis include:
  • Golf
  • Skiing
  • Rowing
  • Softball (especially pitching)
  • Running
  • Baseball (especially pitching)
  • Swimming
  • Basketball
  • Tennis

Tendonitis from Other Activities

Other activities that can lead to tendonitis in the hip, shoulder, elbow, or other areas of the body include:
  • Shoveling
  • Gardening
  • Painting
  • Cleaning
  • Raking
  • Hammering

What are the symptoms of tendonitis?

If you have any of the below symptoms of tendonitis, it is important to visit Performance Health or another qualified medical facility to evaluate your condition and learn about your treatment options:

  • Joint pain
  • Lowered range of motion
  • “Frozen” or tight feeling in joint
  • Pain during movement
  • Tendon pain that gradually builds or comes on suddenly

How is tendonitis diagnosed?

At Performance Health, we can evaluate your tendonitis symptoms and give you an accurate diagnosis for your joint pain. If tendonitis is found as the cause of your pain, we can offer a number of conservative treatment options to get you back to your regular activities quickly and prevent future pain from occurring. A simple physical evaluation and speaking with one of our specialists is generally all that is needed for diagnosing the condition, however, sometimes additional diagnostic testing is recommended.

How is tendonitis treated?

There are numerous conservative therapies that can reduce your pain and improve function, including:
  • Physical therapy and myofascial release
  • Pain management
  • Sports medicine and rehabilitation
  • Massage therapy
  • Regenerative and alternative medicine

If you are suffering from tendonitis pain, the first step to improving your health and returning to your normal activities is to schedule an evaluation at Performance Health. Our physicians can help you get back to performance-level health. Call one of our New York offices at 212.486.8616, or fill out the form on this page to request an appointment now.



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