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That Pain Could Be Tendonitis: Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment

Are you experiencing pain in your knee, elbow, shoulder, or heel? You could be one of the millions of people that have tendonitis. With the right treatment plan, you can manage pain from tendonitis and get back to the activities you enjoy.

This article will cover causes, symptoms, and treatment options for tendonitis. If you have additional questions or have a more serious injury you should contact your doctor.

Signs & Symptoms

Tendonitis (aka tendinitis) is caused by inflammation (swelling) of a tendon. Tendons are what attaches muscle to bone. When a person has tendonitis they typically experience dull pain and/or tenderness surrounding a joint.

A person with tendonitis may also notice swelling in the area. Sometimes pain from tendonitis is worse in the morning or before the body is properly warmed up for activity. The pain may subside throughout the day or during physical activity.


The most common cause of tendonitis is repetitive motion. For example, runners and tennis players often get tendonitis because the activities they perform require the use of the same body parts over and over again.

And it's not only sports that can cause tendonitis. People can get tendonitis from gardening, painting, or household chores. What do they all have in common? Repetitive motion!

Furthermore, poor form during physical activity can lead to overstress for tendons resulting in inflammation and pain. In rare cases, tendonitis can be caused by an acute injury.


One of the simplest ways to reduce pain from tendonitis is to stop doing the activity causing the pain. However, for many people that activity is a hobby they enjoy or part of their job. In that case, taking a few weeks off might not be an option. Still, if you can rest or at least cut back on the tendonitis-causing activity that's a good place to start.

You can also try applying ice or taking an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication. Always talk to a medical professional before starting a new medication.

In the long-term, strength and restinance training can help improve tendonitis symptoms from getting worse or coming back after you've recovered. Check out this link for strength training ideas for tendons.

Getting Back to Exercise After Tendonitis

Start slow. Don't take on too much if you are still experiencing pain from tendonitis. Focus on proper form and posture during physical activity and throughout your day.

Consider cross-training. If you know that basketball is causing tendonitis pain, try a different form of exercise for a little while. Swimming, biking, or lifting weights could help you maintain fitness while you recover.

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