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What is Tendinitis?

Tendinitis is a common source of pain. In tendinitis, the tendon, which is the connection of muscle to bone, becomes inflamed. Common types of tendinitis are patellar tendinitis (jumper’s knee), Achilles tendinitis, lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow), and medial epicondylitis (golfer’s elbow).

Tendinitis can result from either an injury or overuse. Injury and overuse are more likely to occur when there is an imbalance between our level of activity and the flexibility and strength of our muscles and tendons. If we want to maintain a high level of activity without having pain due to tendinitis, then we must keep our muscles and tendons flexible and strong.

To learn more about tendinitis, check out this slideshow. It highlights the most common forms of tendinitis and provides some helpful tips. I particularly like Slide 9, which mentions the importance of proper warm up and gradually increasing the intensity of your activity. This allows you to build your muscle strength and flexibility to match the demands of your activity.

If tendinitis is causing you pain, then come see us at Central Montgomery Orthopedics. We can confirm the diagnosis and discuss treatment options to get you feeling better.

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