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Tendinitis

Tendinitis is often times referred to as tendonitis. Tendinitis is simply an inflamed tendon. There are various tendons in the body which may become inflamed and be diagnosed as having tendonitis. Achilles tendinitis refers to inflammation of the Achilles tendon located above the heel.

Most times, tendinitis can be associated with sports injuries. The above mentioned Achilles tendinitis is common among sports which involve jumping. Similar sports may cause Patellar tendinitis. Patellar tendinitis is the inflammation of the Patellar tendon located in the knee. Most joints in the upper body can become inflamed and exhibit signs of tendinitis.

Signs which may imply the presence of tendinitis are soreness in the affected area, tightness, mild swelling, and a slight “popping” sensation when muscles attached to the tendons are flexed. If tendinitis is suspected, alternating heat and cold compresses will aid in relieving some of the soreness and swelling. Call a physician for a proper diagnosis and other treatments if deemed necessary.

In most cases, a physician will provide leaflets which will include a variety of strengthening exercises intended to strengthen muscles and tendons in the affected region. The physician may also prescribe an anti-inflammatory medication to reduce inflammation. Among the more common anti-inflammatory medication are Ibuprofen and Naproxin. In most cases, the medication prescribed will be mild and are generally NSAID pain relievers. The stronger anti-inflammatory medications may include Relafen which can cause stomach irritation. All of these medications should be taken with food and plenty of water.

Tendinitis pain and discomfort can be maintained at home but a visit to the physician will result in a more speedy recovery. A physician also has the knowledge to determine whether this is tendinitis or a more serious injury which may need different treatment. Do not assume that the injury is tendinitis based on previous experience with it.

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