Too much stress on the joints, especially the shoulder, elbow and knee, can tear and inflame tendons and cause tendonitis. There are many ways to treat tendonitis but at Westchester Health, we think the best course of action is to try and prevent it from developing in the first place. Eric Small, MD, Pediatric and Adult Sports Medicine specialist with our Westchester Health Orthopedics and Sports Medicine group and Medical Director of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine with Westchester Health, has recently written a blog focusing on the best ways to avoid the inflammation and pain of this common condition.
Practically nothing makes a physician feel fulfilled and that they are making a difference in people’s lives than receiving appreciation from a patient. Recently, this heartfelt, very personal letter was pinned to the bulletin board in the office of Dr. Michael A. Gott, an orthopedic surgeon with our Westchester Health Orthopedics and Sports Medicine group. We reproduce it here so that our readers might be encouraged to seek surgery and other healing therapies for their conditions, too. Hopefully they, like this letter’s anonymous author, could experience similar satisfaction and life-changing freedom from pain.
Have you ever had tendonitis? If you have, you know how painful it can be. Tendonitis can affect any tendon in the body but it is most common in the elbow (tennis elbow), shoulder rotator cuff, patella (knee cap), Achilles tendon, Gluteus medieus (near the hip) and finger (trigger finger). Wondering how to treat it? Start by reading Dr. Russell Cavallo‘s recent blog in which he explains the 6 best ways to treat tendonitis.
Now that Spring is coming and the weather is getting warmer, we’re seeing an increase in patients with this tendonitis, mainly from playing outdoor sports and spending more time in the yard. In the majority of cases, tendonitis develops in people whose jobs or hobbies involve repetitive movements that aggravate the tendons, but it can also be caused by a sudden injury that tears the tendon and causes swelling (inflammation), according to Rick Weinstein, MD, MBA, Westchester Health Orthopedics and Sports Medicine specialist, in his recent blog on the subject.
Tendonitis occurs due to an acute or chronic injury to the tendon (a tough band of fibrous connective tissue that usually connects muscle to bone) and is a result of the body’s reaction to this injury. The pain you feel if you have tendonitis is due to inflammation, which is your body’s first step in the healing process. Continue reading →