Tendonitis Specialist

Premier Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine

Orthopedic Surgeon & Sports Medicine and Joint Replacement Specialist located in Hattiesburg, MS

Whether it’s from swinging a golf club or a slip-and-fall injury, tendonitis pain can stop you from enjoying the things you love. At Premier Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, Dr. Thomas Baylis and the team of sports medicine specialists offer a range of tendonitis treatments. If you live near Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and tendonitis is interfering with your game, contact the professionals. Call to schedule your appointment with Dr. Baylis today or schedule easily online now.

Tendonitis Q & A

What causes tendonitis?

Tendonitis occurs when there’s inflammation or irritation in one of your tendons, the thick cords that attach muscle to bone. It causes a dull ache or tenderness around your affected tendon, and you may experience slight swelling. In some cases, it impacts mobility, leading to problematic issues like frozen shoulder.

Tendonitis can develop in any of your tendons, but is most common in the:

  • Shoulders
  • Elbows
  • Wrists
  • Knees
  • Heels

Because it’s often the result of repetitive impacts in a specific area, tendonitis is sometimes tied to a specific activity, like tennis elbow, pitcher’s shoulder, or jumper’s knee. A sudden injury can also cause tendonitis.

In some rare cases, certain infections, like gonorrhea, can cause the condition.

Can you prevent tendonitis?

In many cases, preventive measures can stop tendonitis from developing. Dr. Baylis recommends that you:

  • Warm up before sports and exercise
  • Gradually increase exercise intensity
  • Avoid reaching over your head for long periods
  • Wear properly fitting shoes

If you have sports-related or exercise-induced tendonitis, Dr. Baylis may ask you to show him your movement techniques. With slight modifications, he may improve your positioning or motions to limit strain on your tendons, protect them, and reduce the risk of re-injury.

How is tendonitis treated?

If you think you have tendonitis, Dr. Baylis recommends avoiding activities that aggravate the tendon in question. Rest and ice treatments reduce inflammation and help the tendon heal. You can take over-the-counter pain relievers to eliminate any discomfort.

If these at-home remedies for tendonitis don’t work, Dr. Baylis suggests a more aggressive treatment, which may include:

  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Physical therapy
  • Splint, brace, or sling

Depending on the severity of your case, your tendonitis may last a few weeks to a few months.

In some rare cases, Dr. Baylis may recommend surgery if the tendon is so damaged it’s unlikely to heal on its own. If your tendonitis is accompanied by extreme pain and swelling as well as significant loss of motion, you may have ruptured a tendon. If so, you need immediate medical attention.

When tendonitis is interfering with your love of the game, contact a fellowship-trained sports medicine physician. Call Premier Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Baylis or book it online.