Tendonitis is the painful inflammation that occurs when the normal motion of a tendon – which connects muscle to bone – becomes impaired.
Most of the time tendonitis is brought on by overuse. Sometimes if a person starts an exercise program with very frequent or unfamiliar movements, tendonitis will come up.
Sometimes tendonitis simply occurs because of age. As we get older our tendons become less elastic and stop operating as well as they are intended.
Most of the time a sports doctor will be able to diagnose a case of tendonitis pretty quickly. It is only in occasional circumstances that an MRI scan would be needed to confirm the case. If you think you may have tendonitis and it is not going away, you should definitely book in to see a doctor.
Because tendonitis is a very common injury there is well-established treatment plans for overcoming the condition.
The first thing you must do is rest the affected area. If you have got knee tendonitis from doing too many lunges, you must stop doing the lunges and anything else that brings on the pain.
Many athletes in particular find stopping training difficult, but it is necessary to give yourself a chance at healing.
The good news is that most of the time you can do some sort of supplementary training, such as swimming.
The second thing to do is apply an ice pack to the sore area. Remember that tendonitis is a type of swelling, and you can help reduce the swelling by applying ice.
Another option is to take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications. These simply help to reduce the swelling, just like the ice.