Houston Spine & Rehabilitation Centers

Chiropractic Clinics & Physical Therapists located in The Woodlands, TX & Houston, TX

If you’re a physically active individual, you’re also more likely to experience tendonitis. Without treatment, tendonitis can get worse, increasing your risk of injury or immobility. The chiropractors and pain management experts at Houston Spine & Rehabilitation Centers, with three convenient locations in Houston, The Woodlands, and Sugar Land, Texas, are experts at diagnosing and treating tendonitis. If you’re experiencing tendon pain, request an appointment today by calling the office nearest you or booking online.

Tendonitis Q & A

What is tendinitis?

Tendinitis is a painful condition characterized by an irritated or inflamed tendon. Tendons are cords of thick, strong tissue that attach your muscles to your bones. Tendinitis can occur anywhere throughout the body, but it’s especially common in the knees, wrists, heels, shoulders, and elbows.

Most cases of tendinitis respond to conservative measures of care, such as ice, rest, and over-the-counter painkillers. However, if you experience tendon pain that interferes with your quality of life, or ability to exercise, it’s important to make an appointment with the providers at Houston Spine & Rehabilitation Centers.

What are the symptoms of tendinitis?

The symptoms of tendinitis usually occur near or around your joints. Telltale signs of tendinitis include:

  • A dull ache
  • Tenderness
  • Mild swelling

If you have tendinitis, you might also experience difficulty straightening your arm, leg, or another affected joint. You might also notice that your pain increases during physical activity.

Who is at risk of developing tendinitis?

Tendinitis affects people of all races and genders, but certain factors may increase your risk, including being middle-aged or older, working a physically demanding job, or playing sports.

Common names for specific types of tendinitis include:

  • Tennis elbow
  • Golfer’s elbow
  • Pitcher's shoulder
  • Swimmer’s shoulder
  • Jumper’s knee

Other sports that may increase your risk of tendinitis include basketball and bowling.

How is tendonitis diagnosed?

To diagnose tendinitis, the team at Houston Spine & Rehabilitation Centers conducts a physical exam, reviews your medical history, and asks you questions about your symptoms. If they suspect another underlying health problem may be to blame, they might also order an X-ray or MRI to get a closer look at your bones, joints, and supportive soft-tissue structures.

How is tendonitis treated?

Treatment for tendinitis depends on the severity of your symptoms and their effect on your quality of life. The team at Houston Spine & Rehabilitation Centers usually recommends conservative, noninvasive measures of care, including over-the-counter and/or prescription pain medications, corticosteroid shots, and regenerative medicine like platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy.

If your pain is moderate or severe, you might also benefit from a custom physical therapy plan. Your provider can develop an exercise program designed to stretch and strengthen the affected muscle-tendon unit.

In rare instances, more invasive treatments may be necessary. Your provider might recommend dry needling, ultrasonic and electric therapy, or surgery.

To request your tendinitis appointment at Houston Spine & Rehabilitation Centers today, call the office nearest you or book online.