Tendonitis and Bursitis

Tendonitis and Bursitis Overview

Tendonitis and Bursitis can occur in the shoulder, elbow, wrist, knee, hip and ankle. In the beginning the treatment approach can be rest, ice, compression and elevation (R.I.C.E.). Over-the-counter meds such as aspirin, ibuprofen, acetaminophen or naproxen can also help. Should the problem persist cortorcosteroid injections may help and be a possible replacement to NSAID's should they not be an option. Depending on where the tenodonitis or bursitis is support like orthotics or supportive devices can help reduce the pressure on the affected areas helping manage the pain.

Eventually, should conventional methods fail, physical therapy and even eventual surgery could be the only option for some patients.

The best approach is to talk to your doctor or find an orthopedic specialist who can help guide you to making the best decisions for the care of your condition.

Tendonitis and Bursitis may also be known as Tendinitis, Tendonitis, Bursitis.

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Symptoms of Tendonitis and Bursitis

Symptoms of having tendonitis or bursitis can be when there is tenderness along the tendon or its sheath or at one specific point in the tendon. By providing resistance to these areas the patient will experience pain if tendonitis or bursitis is present.

Should the problem persist or re-occur, imaging and blood tests can be done to provide a more detailed look to help spot more serious onset or infection.

  • Excessive swelling in the affected area.
  • Disabling joint pain.
  • Excessive bruising in the affected area.
  • Sudden inability to move a joint
  • Hurts more when touched or pressed.
  • Pain gets worse when doing activities (walking, running).
  • A Fever
  • Muscle weakness due to pain
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Tendonitis and Bursitis Causes

The cause of tendonitis or bursitis can be due to a sudden intense injury, however, it is more commonly caused by a repeated minor injury of the tendon commonly referred to by doctors as repetetive stress or overuse. Activities such as painting a ceiling, long drives, playing tennis or even wearing improper shoes during activity can all be eventual causes or tendonitis or busitis.

  • Gets worse with aging
  • Repetitive Joint Movements
  • Recent Injury or Fall.
  • History of Repeated Injury

Tendonitis and Bursitis Treatments

Treating tendonitis and bursitis is a gradual process and one that should be guided by an orthopedic specialist.

Normally it starts out with rest, ice, compression and elevation with possible use of NSAID's. If that does not work physical therapy and potentially surgery may be an option.

To help deal with the pain, depending on where the condition is located, a patient can use orthodics or a cane to help reduce pressure on the affected area.

Traditional Surgery

Home Remedy

  • Rest
  • Ice Packs
  • Heat Therapy
  • Non steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs help to relieve inflammation
  • Acetaminophen, Tylenol or other over the counter pain reliver to relieve pain

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