ugg mens slipper Tendonitis and other tendon injuries
Tendon injuries usually happen during sports or activities that involve sudden, sharp movements, such as throwing or jumping, or after repeated overuse of the tendons, such as running.
They can also be caused by repetitive daily activities, such as regularly using a computer keyboard and mouse. This is known as arepetitive strain injury (RSI).
Symptoms of a tendon injury can include:
pain that gets worse when you move the affected area
stiffness in the affected area, which may be worse in the morning
weakness in the affected area or being unable to move a joint
a sensation that the tendon is grating or crackling as it moves
swelling, sometimes with heat or redness
a lumponthe affected tendon
If your tendon ruptures, you will usually experience sudden and severe pain, which may eventually settle into a continuous, dull ache or no pain at all. Movement in the affected area may also become more difficult or even impossible.
Read more about thesymptoms of tendon injuries.
When to see your GP
Minor tendon injuries can often be treated at home (see below). They will usually get better in a few weeks.
See your GP if your symptoms are severe or don’t start to improve within a few weeks,
or if you think you may have ruptured a tendon.
Your GP will usually be able to diagnose a tendon injury by asking about your symptoms and examining the affected area. Occasionally, they may request an X ray,ultrasound scan ormagnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanto confirm the diagnosis.
Some medications may be related to tendon injuries, such as fluoroquinolone antibiotics and statins, so your GP may stop these if you’re taking them.
Treating tendon injuries
If you think you have injured a tendon, stop doing the exercise or activity that caused your symptoms andrest the affected area initially. As your symptoms start to improve, you can gradually return to your normal activities.
In the meantime, taking paracetamolor ibuprofenand applying an ice pack or bag of frozen vegetables wrapped in a towel to the affected area may help relieve your pain.
For more persistent injuries, your GP may be able to refer you for treatments such asphysiotherapy,corticosteroid injections or shock wave therapy.
In some cases, surgery may be recommended to treat long term injuries that have not improved following other treatments,
or to repair a ruptured tendon.