The human body has many interconnected tissues that are responsible for ensuring that different functions are performed reliably and accurately. The tendons are structures designed to offer support to the limbs and joints by stabilizing them. The problem is that these tendons are nowhere near as rigid as the bones in a person’s body. Stretching these structures too far can cause damage that may make the limbs unstable and cause irritation. This inflammation is called tendonitis and, if left unaddressed may become a chronic problem that impacts your quality of life.
What is Tendonitis?
Tendonitis is the inflammation or irritation of the tendons.
The source of inflammation in tendonitis tends to be the result of one of three causes:
- Injury – Overextension of the tendon is the most common cause of tendonitis. When the tendon is stretched too far, small tears can begin to form. If these tears are too great for the body to heal or the injury is not treated properly, the tendon may become permanently damaged and lose its ability to function normally.
- Infections – Bacteria and viruses can cause tendonitis. These infections are usually the result of a dog or cat bit on the finger or hand.
- Autoimmune Problems – Certain autoimmune diseases and conditions will cause chronic inflammation in the tendons and joints. This happens because the lymphatic system becomes overactive and begins to attack healthy tendons. This type of tendonitis tends to be a lifelong, chronic problem.
What Kind of Treatments Exist for Tendonitis?
The causes of tendonitis can be numerous and mixed. Addressing these causes may require a multifaceted approach to ensure that the pain and instability associated with tendonitis can be managed.
Changes in diet and exercise habits tend to be the most conservative approach to treating tendonitis. Certain nutrients, such as omega-3 fatty acids, can reduce inflammation in the body. Exercise can help to gradually stretch the tendons while supporting healthy blood flow that helps inflammation to be repaired.
Pharmaceuticals may be used in the cases of infections and autoimmune conditions. These drugs are designed to directly treat the causes and symptoms of arthritis.
In cases of severe damage, surgery may be required to repair defects in the tendons. This may help to reduce the symptoms of tendonitis while supporting more stable limbs.
If you suffer from tendonitis, REAL Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery may be able to help improve your condition using hand surgery. If you’re interested in learning more about our practice, contact us today to schedule a consultation appointment at our Werribee or Moonee Ponds offices.