#TIPOFF: 4 things to know about Tendinitis

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Tendinitis is inflammation or irritation of a tendon — the thick fibrous cords that attach muscle to bone which causes pain and tenderness just outside a joint.

1. While tendinitis can occur in any of your tendons, it’s most common around your shoulders, elbows, wrists, knees and heels and has it’s symptoms are usually the most tenderness, mild swelling and a dull pain especially when moving the affected limb or joint.

 

2. Tendinitis can be treated by resting and avoiding movement of the tendon for 2 to 3 days, putting some ice wrapped in a towel or cloth on the tendon from time to time and elevating the affected area.

 

3. It can be prevented by warming up before exercising and gently stretch afterwards, wearing appropriate supportive shoes for exercise and taking regular breaks from repetitive exercises.

 

4. If tendinitis persists for several weeks or months, please report to a doctor as it may develop into a condition known as tendinosis which involves degenerative changes in the tendon, along with abnormal new blood vessel growth.

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