Tendonitis Treatment Specialist Q&A
Tendonitis can cause irritation and pain, but don’t worry, treatment is available at Columbia Clinic Urgent Care. For more information call our team or visit us online to book an appointment. We have Convenient Locations To Serve You at 82nd Ave, Mall 205, Division St, Tigard and Clackamas. Hours Vary By Location.
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Here at Columbia Clinic Urgent Care, our specialists are trained to treat a plethora of conditions, illnesses, and injuries. Our team of medical staff, expert physicians, and technicians work together to provide efficient, effective healthcare. Currently, we have multiple locations in Oregon with flexible hours for your utmost convenience. One injury we treat at Columbia Clinic is called tendonitis. Below we’ve compiled all the information you may want to know about tendonitis!
Tendonitis is a condition that occurs when the cords of tissue responsible for connecting muscles to bones become inflamed. If you’re experiencing pain in your tendons that gets worse when you move or engage in physical activity, you may have tendonitis. Other signs of tendonitis include:
● Joint pain
● Swelling from fluid
● Crackling sensations
● Difficulty moving
● A grating feeling in the joints
These symptoms can occur in areas of your shoulders, elbows, and knees. If you experience sudden and severe joint pain, there is a chance you could have ruptured your tendon. In severe cases, you may hear snapping or popping sounds.
If your doctors suspect you have tendonitis, they will run a series of tests. They will conduct a physical examination of the injured area, ask you a few questions, perform a joint aspiration, and/or take you to get X-rays.
Tendonitis can be triggered by repetitive exercises and sudden movements. The following factors can lead to a tendonitis diagnosis:
● Having poor posture
● Being an athlete
● Using the wrong exercise form
● Stress on the tendons
● Traumatic accidents
Common types of tendonitis for athletes include:
Otherwise known as lateral epicondylitis, is an inflammation in the elbow tendons often associated with athletes who frequently use their wrists and arms. Even though tennis players are at most risk for developing tennis elbow, anyone can have lateral epicondylitis.
Golfer’s elbow causes tendon inflammation along the forearm and gets its name from its most common trigger: golf. Repetitive golf movements can put painful stress on the forearm muscles running from your elbow all the way down to your wrist.
Patellar tendonitis commonly referred to as jumper’s knee causes pain, inflammation, and swelling in the patellar tendon. The patellar tendon is responsible for connecting your patella to your tibia. Developing a severe jumper’s knee can make it increasingly difficult to run and participate in sports.
Shoulder impingement otherwise referred to as swimmer’s shoulder is a condition that negatively impacts shoulder mobility. This condition can be treated with consistent rest and physical therapy for about two months.
Most commonly seen in baseball players, a pitcher’s shoulder is an inflammation and irritation of the rotator cuff. If a pitcher’s shoulder is stopping you from being able to play baseball, your sports physicians may prescribe you anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, rest, and cortisone injections.
Severe, untreated tendonitis can lead to long-term pain and weakness. When tendonitis is left untreated for a long period of time, your tendons can rupture or you can potentially develop chronic tendonitis. Both of these injuries may require surgery, physical therapy, and long-term pain management.
There are many ways you can heal from tendonitis. Treatment for tendonitis include:
● RICE: Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation
● Change in activities
● Splinting the injured area
● Steroid injections
● Painkillers and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicine
● Platelet-rich plasma injections
● Shockwave therapy
If you’re experiencing any symptoms of tendonitis, make sure to book an appointment with an urgent care center or a walk-in clinic. Patients who live in Portland, Oregon will be happily welcomed at one of our many locations. We specialize in minor medical emergencies like tendonitis and can get you the care you need in a timely manner. If you have any additional questions about our clinic or tendonitis care specialists, feel free to contact our friendly front desk team anytime during our business hours. We serve patients from Portland OR, PDX, Happy Valley OR, Tigard OR, Milwaukie OR, Cedar Hills OR, Cedar Mill OR, Lake Oswego OR, Oak Grove OR, Vancouver WA, Aloha OR, Minnehaha WA, Gladstone OR, Tualatin OR, West Linn OR, Fairview OR, Oregon City OR.